We have 100 years of history. Our growth has deep roots in Bologna but is following a trajectory of development into international markets.

  • 1888

    The Grande Esposizione Emiliana is first held in the Giardini Margherita, with electric lighting for the first time on this occasion, and a rack railway built to reach San Michele in Bosco, the other venue for the exhibition.
  • 1901

    The first Bologna Trade Show is held on the premises of the Eden Kursaal.
  • 1927

    Start of trade fair activities: construction of the Littoriale where the Fair is held, in the most modern venue in the city.
  • 1948

    The first Footwear Exhibition is held at Palazzo Re Enzo.
  • Anni '50

    The venue becomes the Montagnola and a call is issued for bids to build the new hub that will house the Fair.
  • 1964

    On 8 May the foundation stone of the pavilions designed by Leonardo Benevolo, Tommaso Giuralongo and Carlo Melograni is laid.
  • 1965

    Ribbon cutting by Board Chairman Aldo Moro.
  • 1986-90

    The regional exhibition system which encompasses Bologna, Modena and Ferrara is created.
  • 2001

    The Fairsystem joint venture is signed, initiating the international consolidation of the Group.
  • 2005

    With GiPlanet, the Group becomes Italy's leading player in the outfitting industry.
  • 2018

    Con GiPlanet il Gruppo diventa il primo player in Italia nel settore allestimenti.

The Group strengthens its presence on international markets with the acquisition of Health and Beauty and inaugurates the renovated Halls 29 and 30 in the Bologna Exhibition Centre.