Today, the Biennale is once again an event that permeates the entire city fabric, with visitors of international renown and the full participation of the Florentine aristocracy and upper middle class.
An important series of official events rounds out the Fair calendar. The first of the events is held in the splendid scenario of the Salone del Trono in Palazzo Corsini it brings together illustrious international personalities and the cream of European aristocracy at a welcome dinner held an elite event that toasts beauty, magnificence and art.
This will be followed by the traditional preview in Palazzo Corsini, reserved for the Superintendents, Collectors, Directors and Curators of the most important international museums.
The next day is the date for the Official Inauguration of the International Biennial Antiques Fair under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic, attended by the Mayor of Florence, a representative of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the Secretary General of the Biennale. The inauguration is held in the prestigious Salone de’ Cinquecento, the scenario most worthy of highlighting the importance of the event and the strong ties between the Biennale and the city.
By now customary features of the event are the small but significant temporary exhibition of a communicative character held within Palazzo Corsini, in which over the years precious and inspiring objects from both public and private collections have been displayed, and the awards made to the most significant works presented by the exhibitors and to individuals esteemed on account of their elevated cultural importance.
(from the BIAF website)