Palazzo Mezzanotte Congress Centre and Services
An evocative location for any events that require a high standard service and a state-of –art design. It is a unique venue in terms of historical and cultural background: in the Parterre occurred the outcry trade negotiation since 1932, moreover in the Underground floor there are the ruins of a Roman Theatre.
The Parterre hall is located in the trading floor area where the open outcry equity trading previously took place in Palazzo Mezzanotte.
Its auditorium seats 440 people and the seating can be arranged as desired over an area of 1500 square metres, with ample surrounding spaces for setting up exhibitions and meeting places.
The Balcony offers an extra 500 square metres with rooms suitable for informal meetings, receptions and cocktail parties.
The Sala Convegni conference hall is in the basement area (Underground) of Palazzo Mezzanotte. It is particularly suited to Annual General Meetings of companies, meetings between companies and the financial community, training sessions and any function requiring a high level of service and operational flexibility: it can seat 130 people as a single room and can also be divided into two separate rooms - Blue Rooms – with seating for 70 and 60 people.
Sala Gialla (Yellow Room)
The Yellow Room is designed for smaller meetings and can seat 50 people as an auditorium or 35 as a lecture or training room with desk seating.
Sale Blu (Blue Rooms)- seating 60 and 70 people
Thanks to a moveable partition wall, the Sala Convegni can be transformed into two separate specular rooms, the Blue Rooms, seating 60 and 70 people respectively, each with a speakers’ table on a raised platform.
Aula Training (Training Rooms)
The Training Room was purpose built to meet contemporary training requirements: it is equipped with the latest interactive didactic systems and has 21 PC workstations with Internet connections.
Area Scavi (Roman Ruins)
The ruins of an Imperial Roman Theatre were discovered during the excavation of the foundation of the Palazzo Mezzanotte. The famous theatre is mentioned by Decimus Magnus Ausonius in the “Eulogy to Milan”, a 4th Century A.D. poem. Over the centuries, the theatre played different roles. For example, in the Middle Age when the XII Century public assembly took place at the Theatre it became an institutional place.
The original project of Palazzo Mezzanotte was entirely revolutionised, paving the way for radical changes in the Underground floor. Firstly, they created some passages and an entrance in Via delle Orsole reserved to the public excursions to the theatre site. The Architect Paolo Mezzanotte had to modify his original plan. He added a marble plaque on the building side which represents the Roman Theatre scheme. All the measures were approved by the Economic Council, which commissioned the Stock Exchange building to Paolo Mezzanotte, and the only exception was a panoramic view on the Roman Ruins.
The Roman Ruins became a picturesque outline to the restaurant “Taverna del Ferraio” which was built below the Outcry Trading floor. Its shape was theatre style with huge steps and upper balcony which surrounded it. In the early years it was a public restaurant but with time the place became an exclusive jazz club, securing the musical scene. In just two decades, the most famous Italian jazz icons and musicians attended the “Taverna del Ferraio”.
The Taverna del Ferraio was enriched by Giò Ponti wall decorations. He was the artistic designer of Richard Ginori in the Twenties and Thirties. He chose ceramic covering which was already used in many institutional places such as the Corporate Ministry in Rome. The ornamental pattern was based on the allegoric meaning of wealth and abundance: there were female picture referring to The Grain and the Cereal Market, trees adorned with fishes and birds. Also, amusing theme combine with fortresses, arrows, swords theme brighten the Underground an otherwise space without sunlight.
Each renovation work of the Underground floor preserved the original historical elements. Giò Ponti's ceramic tiles still grace the conference rooms.
The Area Scavi (Roman Ruins Area) includes a glass floor which offers a great view on the Roman Ruins. This area was used as a meeting venue. Today it is the ideal place for exhibitions, cocktail parties and banquets.