• Milan Gets Ready for Expo 2015

    by  • April 16, 2015 • Architecture, City Breaks, Exhibitions, Food & Drink, Milan

    Milan prepares for a worldwide influx as Expo 2015 is about to begin!

    Capital of Lombardy, capital of Italian fashion, the very stylish city of Milan is undergoing its final preparations as it gets set to unveil itself as the host city of Universal Exhibition, Expo 2015. Launching on May 1st and running all the way through until October 31st, this six-month period will see Milan unleashed on the global stage, with 145 participating countries showcasing the latest technologies, innovations, culture, traditions and creativity under the show’s umbrella theme ‘Feeding the planet, energy for life’. Indeed, Expo Milano 2015 will examine two core aspects of food production: traditional cultural values as well as the use of new technologies, whilst at the same time highlighting the universal changes that the planet as a whole is facing.

    As well as the 145 exhibiting nations, Expo 2015 will also see three international organisations – the European Union, the United Nations and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) – and 13 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) including Actionaid, Save the Children, Oxfam and the WWF represented. There will also be five corporate pavilions of which Coca Cola are one. Visitor numbers are expected to exceed 20 million over the six-month duration of the show with exhibitors and visitors coming together in fabulously unique architectural creations. These include a beehive-inspired UK pavilion, the 30-metre –long cantilever Russian offering, the undulating roof of the Chinese edifice and the spun-sugaresque, lattice façade of the Italian building, designed using an air-cleaning cement.

    Of course whilst being an educational experience in the field of food production and sustainability, Expo 2015 also offers a unique opportunity to taste some of the world’s best and most cuisines, with cooking demonstrations and tasting opportunities to compliment your learning. Art also plays its part, with the ‘Art and Food. Rituals Since 1851’ exhibition on display at the Triennale featuring 93 works by Andy Warhol alone, alongside a wealth of other artistic names. And alongside the Expo, there’s plenty of other events and activities (some 7,000 in total) taking place in Milan to make a short break here a particularly memorable one. These include a summer season of performances at Teatro alla Scala Opera House, traditionally closed during the summer months. You also have the final stage of the 2015 Giro d’Italia culminating in Milan on May 31st.

    There are also a number of events themed around Leonardo Da Vinci. Parts of his Codex Atlanticus, documenting his life as both an artist and scientist and never before seen by the public, will be put on display in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana and the Bramante Sacistry for the duration of Expo 2015. You also have the ‘Leonardo da Vinci: Design of the World’ exhibition to be held at Milan’s Palazzo Reale (April 15th to July 19th), focussing of the works produced by Da Vinci whilst resident in Milan during the 15th century. There’s also the Leonardo3 Museum on Piazza della Scala containing a number of working models of many of Da Vinci’s magnificent machines, as well as Leonardo’s Vineyard, a 500-year-old vineyard given as payment to Da Vinci for his creation of The Last Supper and today painstakingly recreated (open to the public for the first time in May).

    And of course, if we’re talking Leonardo Da Vinci, be sure to take in his famous The Last Supper on display at the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Massively popular, this undisputed masterpiece is one of Milan’s biggest cultural attractions and demand for tickets is extremely high so book early to avoid disappointment.

    For more information and to buy tickets, visit the Expo 2015 website here.

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    With a French grandmother, childhood holidays on the continent and a degree in French and Spanish, a love of languages and travel has always been in my blood. Fresh from university with an unfettered enthusiasm to show off my linguistic ability and first-hand knowledge of the world beyond the UK, I entered the travel industry and, 16 years on, I’m still there! With several years spent in the luxury sector planning escorted holidays across Europe for the American market, followed by an even longer tenure designing short breaks with a difference in the must-see cities of Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague, Florence, Brussels, Venice, Salzburg, Milan, Krakow and Berlin (to name but a few), it’s fair to say that Europe is my passion! Today my travels have taken me far beyond the boundaries of Europe with so many destinations still to discover, yet the continent abounds in such a wealth of treasures – historical and architectural, cultural and musical, gastronomic, artistic and linguistic – that its appeal, for me, will be eternal.