MILAN AND THE EXPO 2015

Posted by admin On marzo - 2 - 2015

EXPO MILANO 2015 “Feeding the planet, energy for life”
The Universal Exposition has only once been held in Italy, in 1906, and also then the host city was Milan. At that time, the theme was “transportation”, celebrated by the inauguration of the Milan-Paris railway.

Expo 2015 will be held from 1 May to 31 October. This extraordinary event will attract over 20 million visitors from all across the globe. The exhibition site, covering an area of 1 million square meters, will offer an important opportunity for discussion and dialogue, with specific insights on issues related to the use of drinking water and its availability, the quality and safety of food and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. Key topics for research and technological innovation in the food chain, with an emphasis on “dietary customs” and biological sustainability will be addressed.

Over the 6 months, a number of activities will take place, including shows, concerts and cultural events.

The site’s structure draws its inspiration from the ancient Roman cities, based on two perpendicular axes, the Cardo and the Decumano, each overlooked by the exhibition halls.

For info: http://www.expo2015.org/en/index.html?packedargs=op=changeLang

 

MILAN…
Probably it is not the most legendary of the Italian top cities, but it is a captivating metropolis and an engine of the country, being an important city of commerce. We can mention three concepts that sum up its hottest features and where the Italian taste is recognizable:

Culture – enough treasures survived the extensive damage of World War II and the unique Duomo, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, La Scala Opera House and Castello Sforzesco are just some of the most well-known historic beauties amongst the new born modern and striking architecture.
Design – if you want to discover Milan, you will note that it is full of historic buildings, galleries and showrooms built by famous architects and designers.
Fashion – the traditional shops and the modern stores of the city, all located in the heart of Milan, offer an all-round shopping experience.
Milano is the biggest industrial city of Italy with many different industrial sectors. It is a magnetic point for  designers,  artists,  photographers  and  models.
Milan  has  an  ancient  city  center  with  high  and interesting buildings and palazzos, which is why so many people from all over the world want to see the city of glamour.
Those  who  have  never  been  will  finally  experience  it… for  those  who  know  it better, it will be interesting to note how it is changing.

 

 TOURS & EXCURSIONS

A desk offering tours and excursions in the city or its surrondings is available in the registration area. Accompanying person can make the most of their stay.

Click here to see details on the tours and relevant costs.

 

SHOPPING
Opening Hours: 09.30-13.00 / 15.30-19.30

Here’s your recommended itinerary:
– Quadrilatero d’Oro is the collective name for the streets holding the greatest concentration of top designer studios, such as Montenapoleone, Della Spiga, Borgospesso, Sant’Andrea, Manzoni and Santo Spirito. Even if you’re not planning to shop for high fashion, take a stroll down these streets  to experience their unique chic atmosphere.
– Navigli is home to several noteworthy second-hand female shopping venues.
– Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, located between the Duomo and La Scala, is an original 19th-Century shopping mall that continues to impress as one of the city’s most elegant landmarks.
– Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and Corso Buenos Aires are the place to visit for popular international labels.

 

CLIMATE
The weather in Milan at the end of April could be warm. We suggest to bring umbrella and raincoat in case of bad weather.

 

TIME ZONE
Time in Italy is Central European Time (CET), one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +1).

 

ELECTRICITY
Local power is 220 volts; two round pin plugs are used. Adaptors may be necessary.

 

LOCAL CURRENCY
Local currency in Italy is the EURO (€)

 

HOW TO GET AROUND
Milan is built in concentric rings starting from Piazza del Duomo. It is easy to get around the city using the public transportation services offered by ATM (Azienda Trasporti Milanese, www.atm-mi.it).

Services operate daily from 6.00 to 24.00 hrs.

Bus, tram, metro (M1 Red Line, M2 Green Line, M3 Yellow Line, M5 Violet Line) and the railway link all reach as far as the city’s outskirts. All kinds of tickets are available to meet different needs: from a single ticket (€ 1,50, valid for 90 minutes from the time of validation, allowing one entry to the metro, railway or railway link), a 10-trip tickets (€ 13,80), day tickets (€ 4,50) and two-day tickets (€ 8,25).

Tickets can be purchased at ATMs Point and at authorized retailers (bars, tobacco shops, stationers, newsagents) distributed throughout the city and along the trunk lines.
Tickets can also be purchased at all metro stations by the self-machines that accept both coins and banknotes or credit cards and debit cards.

 

TAXIS
Taxis are white and can be hailed on the streets. It is better to hire them at taxi ranks outside train stations. Telephone booking is possible and run by cooperatives at the following numbers: + 39 026767, + 39 025353, +39 028585, +39 024040.

 

If you plan to extend your stay in Italy, do not forget that Milan is a gateway to the rest of the country.
Just some distances:
Pavia – 35 km south – 20 min by train
Bologna – 216 km south-east – 1 hour by high-speed train
Lake Como – 50 km north – 1 hour by train
Florence – 307 km south-east – 1,5 hour by high-speed train
Rome – 476 km south-east – 3 hours by high-speed train
Venice – 244 km east – 2,5 hours by high-speed train

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