Alessandro and Felice Paggi founded a printing and publishing house in Florence which actively participated in the Risorgimento, specializing in scholastic textbooks and children’s books. One of the publisher’s most prolific authors was Carlo Lorenzini. In 1883, under the pen-name Collodi, the printing house published Lorenzini’s Adventures of Pinocchio, the world’s most widely translated Italian-language book.
1889 The Paggi brothers sold the firm to Roberto Bemporad, Alessandro Paggi’s son-in-law, and his son Enrico. Roberto’s untimely death the following year left the firm in the hands of Enrico, at that time in his early twenties. Under his expert guidance the publishing house soon became a modern, international company, par excellence for children’s books, scholastic materials, fiction, and non-fiction. The advent of Fascism proved to be a difficult time for Bemporad. The crisis that followed the government’s decision to adopt a single State textbook in all the Country’s elementary schools led to the participation of banks on the Board of Directors, an attempt to overcome the company’s economic difficulties.
Enrico Bemporad was ousted from the company’s management.
Racial laws issued by the regime forced the publishing house to change its business name, thus becoming Marzocco, after the ancient emblem of Florence – the Marzocco is a heraldic lion holding in its right paw a lily, the city’s coat of arms.
In these difficult years Renato Giunti entered the company as a representative for one of the partners and later became its managing director. Thanks to his commitment, the publishing house embarked on a process of renewal which slowly let to a sound economic recovery.
After the war, Marzocco underwent decisive development with the acquisition of various publishing houses.
1947 Giacomo Agnelli, the Milan-based historical publishing house specializes in scholastic books and materials.
1949 Editrice Universitaria, the company responsible for introducing in Italy some the of the most important studies on international psychology, among its consultants Cesare Musatti, Guido Petter, and Alberto Marzi.
After becoming owner and managing director, Renato Giunti continued the company’s expansion policy.
1960 Following the bankruptcy of Barbèra, Marzocco acquired the historic Florence publishing house founded in 1855 by Turin-born Gaspero Barbèra, distinguished for its cultural commitment and meticulous attention to typography. Barbèra boasted renowned authors such as Gioberti, D'Azeglio, Tommaseo, Capponi, De Amicis, Carducci and D'Annunzio and counted in its list of publications the national edition of the Opere by Galileo Galilei in twenty volumes.
1965 The Consorzio editoriale Giunti was founded, grouping together all the acquired publishing houses, among which, in 1973, the Milan-based company Aldo Martello, publisher of important and successful fiction series and refined art books.
Sergio Giunti, Renato’s son, succeeded his father as leader of the Consorzio.
Despite the terrible damage caused by the floods of 1966, which led to the loss of the company’s entire storehouse of books and all printing equipment, the publishing house continued to grow, expanding its catalogue with new series and extending its activities by founding new publishing houses.
1986 Already well-established in the periodical sector with “Psicologia Contemporanea”, a bi-monthly leader, and the fortnightly subscription-based “La Vita Scolastica”, another sector leader with over 70,000 paying subscribers, Sergio Giunti embarked on an important editorial project launching six monthly cultural publications distributed to newsagents and subscribers: “Art e Dossier”, “Storia e Dossier”, “Medicina e Dossier”, “Musica e Dossier”, “Scienza e dossier”, later joined by “Archeologia Viva”, all with the innovative “journal + dossier” formula, an informative color monograph.
The Gruppo Editoriale Giunti was founded, merging the publishing houses and various trademarks acquired over the years.
1991 Fabbricone, an abandoned industrial textiles complex located in Prato, was acquired and converted into a modern, full-cycle printing company specialized in photolithography, flat and rotary offset printing, binding and logistics.
The new company, Giunti Industrie Grafiche headed by Martino Montanarini, expanded and diversified its services by adding multimedia specialties with the foundation of Giunti Multimedia, radiotelephony with the acquisition of Radio Montebeni and distribution with the foundation of European Book Service and the acquisition of Orlandini S.r.l., a company specialized in book sales through large retail purchasing groups.
The Giunti Group acquired Demetra S.r.l, a small Veronese publishing house specialized in manuals, destined to become an Italian success story. In 10 years the firm’s revenue of approximately 300 million lire in 1991 grew to a turnover of more than 10 billion. From its origins as a publishing house, Demetra went on to assume undisputed leadership in the manuals sector, opening bookshops throughout Italy. Growth was very strong in the multimedia sector: Interactive Labs was acquired in Genoa, specialized in multimedia training; the Brain Farm S.r.l. was founded in the Internet sector; Virtual Dreams in the gaming sector; and Giunti Ricerca specialized in European Community research projects.
1995 Art Online S.p.A. was founded; today, still leader in the Art sector, the company continues to specialize in art publications and manages the website www.artonline.it.
1996 Giunti, as head of a temporary association of companies, won a public competition for the management of supplementary services by the Florentine Polo Museale (Uffizi Gallery, Academy Gallery, Bargello Museum, Medici Chapels, Boboli Gardens, Pitti Palace, Archaeological Museum and the Opificio delle Pietre Dure). Other partners in the association are Pineider Gallery, Opera Laboratori Fiorentini, Sillabe, Bassilichi and Ferragamo.
Giunti sold the branch of the company operating in the upper middle school sector to La Scuola S.p.A. And, at the same time, assumed leadership of the elementary school sector with a 20% share.
2001 Giunti acquired Dami, a leading publishing company in the children’s books sector and also well-known outside Italy for its quality illustrations, graphics and texts at competitive prices. In 2003, the two companies officially merged under the name Giunti Editore.
2007 Dami International, the company that managed Dami’s co-edition rights worldwide, was also acquired and merged in 2008.
2001 Giunti acquired from Hopa an 80% share in Pineider Gallery S.r.l. specialized in quality museum merchandising.
2002 All the multimedia activities in Giunti Multimedia and Giunti Ricerca were merged into Giunti Labs, which became the principal, private European laboratory for research in new training and learning technologies; the company was sold in 2010.
Giunti Gruppo Editoriale S.p.A. changed its company name to Giunti Editore S.p.A. The following year it incorporated the publishing activities of Demetra S.r.l., which took the company name Giunti al Punto S.p.A. becoming the company branch that manages the in-house retail bookshop chain.
March 2005 Giunti Scuola S.r.l. and Giunti Distribuzione S.r.l. were set up for distribution and logistics.
September 2005 With the acquisition of Librerie del Centro, 140 Giunti al Punto shops opened with the number continuing to grow today. This makes Giunti al Punto the number one Italian chain for the total of self-owned sales outlets and second for revenue.
July 2006 A new publishing firm, EVRO-GIUNTI, was set up in Belgrade, Serbia with Giunti Editore holding a 50% share. This venture launched Giunti into the Balkan publishing market marking the first important stage in the development of editions in that region, a decision made based on the potential of this area where culture and market represent an interesting challenge for the publishing sector from production and distribution viewpoints. This increase in foreign activities follows a long tradition of the company’s presence in the international scene: since the early 1900’s, beginning with Pinocchio, over 12,000 titles have been published in 45 languages by 300 editors in over 50 countries, totalling several million copies.
September 2006 Giunti acquired a 50% share in the capital of Touring Editore, the Italian Touring Club publisher. Since 1894 Touring Editore is the most consolidated mass tourist association and the most reliable source of tourist material in Italy with a catalogue of over 700 titles including guides, maps and books. This acquisition hailed the arrival of a new Board of Directors appointing Martino Montanarini (MD of Gruppo Giunti) as the Managing Director. In 2010 Giunti acquired control of the company with a 51% capital share.
January 1, 2007 Giunti signed a distribution agreement with Edizioni Del Borgo whose catalogue included para-scholastic editions and other titles for nursery and elementary schools as well as quality books for school operators and parents.
End of January 2007 Giunti acquired a 50% share in Giorgio Nada Editore, a publishing company specialized in books and magazines in the automobile and motorcycle sectors. The publications include drivers and competitions, techniques, models and design.
May 2007 GAMM, Giunti Arte Mostre Musei, was founded under the the Giunti Group. The company extends the Group’s established experience in the Art sector into exhibit organization and catalogue production. GAMM operates on a national and international level thanks to its extensive expertise and acquired resources. Its mission is building relationships with promoters and/or exhibit hosts for eventual collaborations in the following areas: proposals; organization and exhibit curation; bookshop management and editorial publications. GAMM is headed by managing director Filippo Zevi.
July 2007 With the acquisition of 50% of the Florentine publisher Fatatrac, Giunti fortified its catalogue with works dedicated to young children characterized by meticulous attention to top quality illustration. Fatatrac was acquired in its entirety in 2009 merging into Giunti Editore; in 2010 the direction of the company was conferred to Del Borgo.
August 2007 Giunti O.S. Organizzazioni Speciali, a leading company in the psychological assessment sector, founded Eurotests Editions, a Paris-based publishing house specialized in the development and marketing of psychology tests for the French market. With its catalogue, history and market, Giunti O.S. is the top Italian publisher of psycho-diagnostic tests and instruments. The company develops instruments and intervention methods for the clinical and scholastic fields, human resource management and the guidance sector. The new company aims to consolidate the role of Giunti in the market for clinical psycho-diagnostics and tests for scholastic-professional counselling and organization.
End of 2007 Databank, leader in competitive intelligence, awarded the Giunti Group the recognition “Company to Watch” as the best competitor in the publishing sector, pinpointing four of its driving forces: acquisition policy/joint venture aimed at business development; downstream integration with its own chain of bookshops; extended catalogue, particularly for children; strong cultural ties with the territory – in addition to its attention to the national and international market during the copyright acquisition stage; high quality standards in editing during the graphic and printing stages; the strong integration with major marketing channels (book-shops, mass retailers, newsagents and online); the growing use of promotional and advertising incentives and participation at important trade fairs. In the same period Giunti Editore acquired a 12.5% share in Editoriale Fiorentina, publishing house of Corriere Fiorentino (local branch of Corriere della Sera). The company is managed by RCS and includes some of the most important businesses in Tuscany. Sergio Giunti is President.
Giunti acquired 60% of Motta Junior, a catalogue characterized by excellent literary and educational quality, further strengthening its leadership in the children’s book sector already well established thanks to Dami Editore, Giunti Junior, Giunti Kids and Fatatrac.
In 2009 it acquired 100% capital and the company was merged into Giunti Editore.
June 2008 Giunti also acquired 50% of Edizioni del Borgo s.r.l.; it had been responsible for Edizioni del Borgo’s distribution since January 2007. In 2010 Giunti Editore acquired 51% of the company.
Autumn 2008 an agreement was signed for the acquisition of 60% of Editoriale Scienza, a Trieste-based publisher specialized in scientific information for children, with important books on science, play-books and practical experiment manuals. On the production and distribution side, the agreement became operative in January 2009.
April 2009 Giunti Editore acquired De Vecchi Editore from Albin Michel Editions, a branch of the company responsible for handling Italian publishing activities, consolidating its leadership in the manual and information sector (already held with the Giunti Demetra trademark).
Additionally in April 2009, Giunti Editore acquires 20% of Slow Food Editore Srl. The agreement, aimed at spreading the culture of nutrition based on tradition and territory, envisioned book series publications under a joint trademark, one series dedicated specifically to a books for cooking school
Since September 2009, Slow Food is responsible for the editorial side while Giunti oversees production and marketing. Distribution is provided through the Giunti sales network including synergy between the Giunti al Punto bookshops throughout Italy and Condotte di Slow Food.
In the same year Giunti became the major shareholder together with Costa Edutainment and Gruppo Abete of Civita Servizi S.r.l., the company created to seize new opportunities by entrepreneurs in the cultural heritage sector. The goal of the company is to develop a “global operator” able to offer integrated services.
June 2009 An agreement was signed with Emmelibri (Gruppo Messaggerie Italiane) to set up a new company for the sale and marketing of books. It envisioned both partners, with equal share in the following holdings: 100% of Librerie Giunti al Punto; 82% of Opportunity; 100% of Fastbook (including wholesale and Librerie Ubik); 100% of IBS (Internet Bookshop); 50% of Altair (Librerie Melbookstore), subsequently 75%. With this agreement a hub in every market channels for book sales and marketing was formed: from retail purchasing consortiums to e-commerce, from franchise bookshops to wholesale, from megastores to small, local bookshops.
January 18, 2010 The new Giunti & Messaggerie company was founded.
June 2, 2010 Sergio Giunti received the “Lombard Elite” award on occasion of the Milano Finanza Company Awards 2010. The Chairman of the Giunti Group received the recognition, awarded for the first time to a publisher, for effective marketing strategy including joint ventures, successful strategic acquisitions and projection towards innovative sectors.
July 15, 2010 Black Velvet s.r.l. was formed, with Giunti Editore holding a 60% share.
The Black Velvet trademark, present for many years in the publishing business, represents one of the few editorial realities in Italy with specific competence in the Graphic Novel sector, offering publications by the great Italian and international masters like Crepax and Trudeau. With co-founders Omar Martini and Sergio Rossi, the company’s main publishing activities will focus on the production of graphic novels.
February 2011 Giunti Scuola, Giunti Editore’s leading Educational Publisher, merged with publisher Tancredi Vigliardi Paravia to form Giunti e Tancredi Vigliardi Paravia Editori S.r.l. Giunti Scuola holds a 60% stake in the company while Tancredi Vigliardi Paravia holds a 40% share and serves as Chairman.
In the same year, Giunti Editore received the “Company To Watch 2010” Databank award for its performances. In the publishing industry, ranking 4th according to turnover after Mondadori, RCS e De Agostini.
In the Europe 500 Survey (association of top European growth entrepreneurs) Giunti is the only publishing company among 16 Italian businesses selected for the prestigious Top 200 European Growth Companies, awarded for creating jobs despite the recession between 2007 and 2009.