Chambers of Commerce

Palazzo Affari is home to the Pisa Chambers of Commerce. Built on the ruins of a former convent, it is built over seven floors, with a small inner open-air courtyard and a total area of ​​about 14,000 square meters. The building was recently completely renovated and now acts as a fully equipped venue for trade fairs, exhibitions and conferences, with educational services and crèche for children, as well as hosting a range of activities.

Flexible and welcoming, it is a perfect setting for many IF2017 events: panels, workshops and keynote speeches.

6-7 October, Leggi, diritto e pirati (Laws, copyright and pirates)
6 e 8 October, Economia X.0 (Economics X.0)
6-7 October, Turismo: viaggi e narrazione (Tourism: travel and narration)

Cinema Arsenale

Opened on 20 January 1982 in the historic center of Pisa, the Cineclub Arsenale has always been conceived as a place to screen films that were impossible to find elsewhere. In 2014, it received the award for Best Cinema d’Essai from Agis-Fice, and each season the Arsenale screens over 220 films and holds themed reviews. Ever since the first edition of the Internet Festival, our collaboration with the Cineclub Arsenale team has allowed us to offer video events and discussions exploring the paths of digital innovation applied to production, creativity, distribution and the enjoyment of cinema.

5-8 October, Visioni (Visions)
5 October, Bufale, post verità e democrazia (Fake news, post-truth and democracy)
6 October, Cooperazione al cubo (Cooperation cubed)

Logge dei Banchi

The Logge dei Banchi is a loggia in Pisa, situated at the beginning of the Ponte di Mezzo bridge in the southern half of the city centre. The loggia, supported by twelve pillars, was built between 1603 and 1605 by architect Bernardo Buontalenti. At the time it housed the wool and silk market (the name “banchi” refers to the market stalls), and it continues to be used today for markets of various kinds. The headquarters of the State Archives of Pisa have been housed in the floor above the loggia since 1865. 20th century public baths are located in the basement, and have recently been reopened.

During the Internet Festival, the loggia traditionally hosts the info point, various installations and the open space for the public of the Tuscany Region. This year it will also include an area dedicated to booktubers.

5-8 October, Installazioni e Game Showcase (Installations and Game Showcases)
6 October, Spettacoli, performance e sport (Shows, performances and sports)


During the Internet Festival, MixArt hosts the universe of games and their development. Set up in a renovated abandoned building, MixArt is a container of social and cultural innovation capable of connecting Pisa to the rest of the world. It is a multifaceted space where people, groups and associations can find a home. Sports, art and creativity all meet, with nearly 2000 members in more than 700 m² of rooms, used to host courses, workshops and events ranging from music to technology, circus to dance, and martial arts to theatre.

From 6 to 8 October, lectures, workshops, installations and events will be the hot spots on the map of the Galaxy of Gaming, leading visitors in the spirit of MixArt: meeting, exploration and contamination.

6-8 October, Gamebox 
6-8 October, Installazioni e Game Showcase (Installations and Game Showcases)

Teatro Verdi

Work began on the construction of the theatre in 1865. 3621 pine poles were used to support the foundations. In July of the same year, the roof was completed. All the interior decorations were entrusted to master Pisan craftsmen. The Regio Teatro Nuovo was inaugurated on the evening of 12 November 1867 with Rossini’s Guglielmo Tell (William Tell)

This year, the Teatro Verdi of Pisa will be celebrating its 150th anniversary.

6 October, La Pubblicità: the day aſter Carosello (Advertising: the day after Carosello)
7 October, Bufale, post verità e democrazia (Fake news, post-truth and democracy)
6-8 October, Spettacoli, performance e sport (Shows, performances and sports)
8 October, Book(e)book

Teatro Sant’Andrea

The church dates back to 1104. It later underwent several renovations and also housed a hospital from as early as 1191. Over the centuries it has suffered several events: it was nearly pulled down to make room for a fishmonger; it lost much of its furnishings; it was renovated several times; and was damaged during the last war and reopened to the public in 1948.

It is currently home to intense theatrical activities by the resident Company “I Sacchi di Sabbia”.

6-8 October, Book(e)book
5 October, Spettacoli, performance e sport (Shows, performances and sports)

Scuola Normale Superiore

Palazzo della Carovana (or dei Cavalieri) is the main campus of the Scuola Normale Superiore. It was built between 1562 and 1564 by Giorgio Vasari, renovating the medieval Palazzo degli Anziani. It was named for the three-year apprenticeship during which new soldiers would be trained in the handling of weapons, before joining the “caravans” that would travel the Mediterranean and fight off pirate raids.

The characteristic facade is designed by Vasari, blending architecture, sculpture and painting, animating the facade with graffiti of allegorical figures and zodiac signs by the architect himself, along with marble busts and coats of arms.

7 October, Odi@amo (Hate@Love)
6-7 October, Hack attack
6-7 October, Smart PA
8 October, Media digitali (Digital media)

Cinema Teatro Lux

Located within the ancient ecclesiastical complex which also includes the church of Santa Caterina D’Alessandria, the Cinema Teatro Lux is a cultural workshop with a changing, artisanal, vibrant and varied nature. It is run by The Thing Association, a group of young people who share a passion for music and culture, who have been organising concerts, readings, screenings and performances in Pisa and in the province for some years.

Except in 2016, it has hosted all editions of Scena digitale (Digital scene), the IF area directly curated by the CNR (National Research Centre) and Registro.it

5-8 October, Scena digitale (Digital scene)

Centro Congressi le Benedettine

Internet Festival 2017 will be reopening the Monastery of St. Benedict, built in 1393 and a feature of one of the banks of the river in Pisa with its facade with flamboyant Gothic-style windows. The Benedettine in Lungarno complex was deconsecrated in the late 1960s, after which it was purchased and restored by private individuals, and is currently used by Pisa University. With its numerous classrooms, auditoriums, terraces, and arcades with a characteristic garden and a bright caveau, it is a charming yet functional and welcoming location for educational activities and events.

5-8 October, T-TOUR
5-8 October, Installazioni e Game Showcase (Installations and Game Showcases)
7-8 October, Odi@amo (Hate@Love)
7-8 October, Cibo: etica, piacere e bellezza (Food: ethics, pleasure and beauty)
6-8 October, RIFF: ricerca, innovazione, filosofia e futuro (RIFF: research, innovation, philosophy and future)