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Snapshots from Milan Expo 2015: See it While You Can
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While I was in Italy last week attending the Cersaie tile show in Bologna, I got a chance to take a day trip to the Milan Expo 2015. A group of American and Canadian delegates attending the show left Bologna via a chartered bus at 7:40, but due to traffic we didn’t arrive in Milan until 11:00, putting us behind our very tight schedule. Our tour was arranged by our hosts at Novita Communications, and included private tours of the United Arab Emirates, United States, Italy, United Kingdom, and Japanese pavilions at the fair. Since we had media passes we were able to by-pass the lines (which in some cases had waits of several hours) and get a personal tour of each structure.
While the expo has been open since May 1st, it is very much still drawing the crowds five months later. It was surprising for us to see so many people there on a Thursday in October. With less than a month to go, I suspect that local school groups (which there were many) and others who might have held off during the busy summer period finally decided that it’s time to visit. We only had five hours to tour the site, which is like trying to visit Disneyland in between lunch and dinner. The expo itself was in fact like a sophisticated Epcot, but with a food-centric theme and no rides. If you will be in Italy this month, it’s definitely worth a visit, even if you don’t get to see every pavilion you’d like. I only wish that this was up for at least a year to justify the impact the construction and demolition will have on the environment. The idea that these structures will all be deconstructed in a month was a real shame, and it took away some of the pleasure of touring the fair. Nonetheless, a worthwhile visit, so go while you still can! The expo closes to the public on October 31st.
The expo closes to the public on October 31st. For more information, you can visit expo2015.org.