Learn more about Expo Milano 2015, and all the related activities and initiatives who will light up your 2015 trip to Italy
Just 110 days to the biggest Italian event of 2015, which is expected to welcome over 20 million visitors. Expo 2015 is the next scheduled Universal Exposition after Expo 2012, and will be hosted by Milan, between 1 May and 31 October 2015.
Visitors will experience a unique journey that looks at the complex theme of nutrition. They will have the possibility to take a trip around the world, sampling the food and traditions of people from all over the globe. Expo Milano 2015 is intended to be the first Exposition in history to be remembered not only for its products but also for its contribution towards education on food and the planet’s precious resources (to learn more, click here).
Whether you are thrilled by the event topic: “Feeding the Planet, Energy for ” – or not, here are 5 good reasons to consider it carefully if you are planning to come to Italy in 2015.
1) It will be a great event – actually an endless series of events
Many events have been planned in and out the actual Expo premises. The Expo will host a number of conferences, workshops, concerts, entertaining events (many hosted under the amazing “life tree” sculputure), but visitors will be able to find much more opportunities in Milan itself, ranging from art an dculture to food and light entertainment. Actually, th epre-Expo events have already started, here is were you can find more info.
2) It will host some really astonishing buildings
The over 130 participating countries are competing on building the most amazing pavillons, such as the China Pavillon. See my Expo 2015 page for more renderings.
2) It’s a good opportunity to discover Lombardy, a region partially neglected from mainstream touristic flows…
When thinking of Lombardy, most travellers put in their bucket list just Bellagio, Leonardo’s last supper, and maybe Milan’s cathedral, il Duomo. However, Lombardy has lots of wonderful areas, towns and sights to be discovered, such as Bergamo, the astonishing Certosa di Pavia, the Franciacorta region, and so on. Spending some time in Milan to visit the expo could be a great opportunity to add a number of easy day trips, off the beaten path.
3) …as well as nearby Piedmont
Piedmont is one of the regions bordering Lombardy and close to the Expo (the nearest border is 50 km from the exhibition site). Piedmont is home of authentic gastronomic treasures and an extraordinary variety of landscapes, from the spectacular alpine peaks of its mountains, sparkling lakes, and green hills covered with vineyards, castles, forts and abbeys that dominate the surrounding valleys.
4) The new Expo tourism portal will make your travel experience easier
Wonderful Expo 2015 , the official portal of Milan, Lombardy and of destinations near Expo Milano 2015, provides practical information, descriptions of places and attractions, updates on the most important events, and also has all the tools needed to book holidays and build a tailor-made trip: offering choice of accommodations and other useful tourist services. On the site you can save your favorite attractions, find a wide range of travel proposals and services and book a tour guide online, find the hotel that best suits your idea of a holiday, and the restaurant in line with culinary tastes.
It is actually the first time I find such a complete and organized travel services offer in this country!
5) If any of the above rationale appeal to you, plan your trip wisely and keep away form Expo locations!
As any huge, worldwide event, Expo Milan 2015 will bring masses of people in Lombardy and Piedmont. Therefore, if you plan to visit Bellagio on your own, or to skip the Last Supper queue, this is probably the wrong moment to come to Lombardy! During the Expo period, I expect hotels and restaurants tarifs to rise and it may be tough to find a hotel in Milan without reserving much in advance.
But the good new is that while Expo will attracts masses of travellers in Lombardy, the other regions may experience a decreased tourist pressure. Therefore, it could be a great moment to visit the rest of Italy, including off the beaten path destinations such as Umbria or Apulia!
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