Top tips for visiting the Milan Expo 2015
The exciting EXPO 2015 is currently taking place in Milan until October. The huge exhibition, which over the years has introduced inventions including the telephone, has focused on the problems of ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’ in 2015. The problems surrounding nutrition and our planet’s resources are being investigated by more than 140 participating countries. Their ideas and technologies that offer a concrete answer to a vital need are being showcased: being able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the planet.
If you are planning to visiting the Milan EXPO 2015 here are some tips on dining, along with weather, accommodations and other aspects of planning a visit.
WHERE TO EAT at Milan EXPO 2015
Nearly every one of the more than 50 national pavilions has a restaurant featuring that country’s specialties — from Russia to Morocco, Iran to Brazil, Japan to Argentina.
For those who have traveled to Italy looking for Italian fare: Eataly, the Italian food emporium/restaurant that’s expanded across the globe, also has 15 regional Italian restaurants—and a Nutella concept bar with just-for-Expo gadgets. Slow Food offers tastes of four Italian cheeses with wine pairings for 10 euros.
The service area concession is run by a company from one of Italy’s great food regions, Emilia Romagna, and its five restaurant and snack bar concepts offer good value, including a plate of pasta for 5 euros, a big cup of water for 30 cents, and cellphone charging stations.
TICKETS for the Milan EXPO 2015
The base entrance fee is 39 euros, but there are discounts for two consecutive day tickets or three-day entrances that can be used any time. There is also a 5 euro evening ticket good from 7 p.m. until the 11 p.m. close, but bear in mind many pavilions will close at 8 p.m. The evening entrance is aimed largely at getting Milanesi to come after work.
ACCOMMODATION during the Milan EXPO 2015
Milan is expecting more than 20 million visitors during the EXPO’s run through to the end of October. Plus an additional 3.6 million Italians are also expected to visit.
Since Milan is mostly a business destination, many hotels usually shut down for August — but not this year. The local chamber of commerce has set up a monitor to ensure that prices aren’t boosted excessively during Expo after some early complaints.
The number of rooms and homes for rent by private individuals in Milan has more than doubled in the last year to nearly 8,000, while the number of reservations has nearly quadrupled in the last year.
WEATHER during the Milan EXPO 2015
Be ready for Milan’s hot, humid summer weather, along with mosquitoes. The EXPO’s main walkways are shaded by white sails that provide scant protection against rain. July is on average the warmest month, October the rainiest of this Expo season. Temperatures are usually in the high 20s or slightly more.
GETTING to the Milan EXPO 2015
The EXPO is easily accessible via Milan’s subway system, called the metropolitan. From the Duomo cathedral, the heart of Milan, the ride takes about 25 minutes. The metropolitan is running more frequently than usual, to accommodate the increased number of passengers, and there are messages in English. Routes to Expo are well-marked. Roundtrip to the fairgrounds, which are just outside the city limits, costs 5 euros. From the subway, it’s about a 10-minute walk to the main gate security.
Italy’s high-speed trains stop at the Milan EXPO 2015, making it a feasible day trip from Turin, a 46-minute ride, with trips from Bologna and Verona each just under 2 hours.
FOR CHILDREN during Milan EXPO 2015
‘Children Park’, offers interactive spaces for children to learn as they play, including aromatic bells that challenge kids to recognize fragrances. The downside: no traditional playgrounds.
But many pavilions have children in mind. Brazil, with a rope structure to climb over the forest floor, is a favourite, although officials put an early stop to the jumping.
Italian baby-care company Chicco has set up changing and nursing areas, and is also offering courtesy strollers and welcome kits with a map of family-friendly services and wet wipes.
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