Food for Thought: Get set to hit the world’s most forward-thinking food fest, Milan Expo 2015.
What is Milan Expo 2015?
Running from 1 May to 31 October, Milan Expo is one vast celebration of food, green living, technology and nutrition, which promises to be the world’s largest ever sustainability event.
Spread across a 270 acre site, Expo will feature thousands of events and interactive exhibits from over 145 countries, all inspired by one central theme: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.
A host of NGOs and corporate players, including Coca Cola and Chinese real estate giant Vanke, will have a presence at the show, and there will be a series of themed pavilions covering topics such as Biodiversity, Art & Food and Future Food.
New events are getting firmed up every day, but here’s a few of our quick picks from this fantastic food-fuelled feast.
Grown in Britain
Get your company on the Expo map and be featured in the UK Pavilion, as part of the UK Government’s Grown in Britain programme showcasing the best of British business innovation. The UK Pavilion is worth a visit just to marvel at the Hive, the incredible golden, steel lattice structure built by Nottingham artist Wolfgang Buttress.
Leonardo Da Vinci 1452-1519
Italy’s most comprehensive Da Vinci exhibition ever toasts the original Renaissance man’s genius, showcasing numerous masterworks, alongside paintings relating to Da Vinci’s Milan and Lombardy.
Cirque du Soleil
Montreal’s legendary circus troupe Cirque du Soleil will be performing their new show Allavita! at the Lake Arena from mid-May to August. Taking a soupcon of inspiration from Jack and the Beanstalk, the live spectacular tells the enchanting story of a boy who inherits some magic seeds from his grandmother.
Games without Barriers
Watch Italy’s top disabled athletes in action at the Arena Civica this June, when 8 teams compete in a series of fun and unconventional sporting events.
Five Days a Week
A special 5 day Beatles extravaganza across the city in late June celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s Italian tour.
From Sewing to Sewers
One of the more offbeat attractions is this public art project, which sees sewer covers in the fashion district of Via Montenapoleone getting a makeover from top fashion designers, including Armani, Prada and Ferragamo.
Getting to Expo
The main Expo site is just a few miles outside of the city centre and easily reached by public transport. London City serves the city’s main airport Milan Linate. From the airport, take the X73 bus to San Babila and then transfer to the underground. Get off at Rho Fiera on Line 1. A day ticket costs 4.50 Euros.
Getting Around Milan
Milan is served by a solid network of buses, trams, 4 underground lines and overland trains (passante ferroviario) which run until after midnight. There are also a number of bike and car sharing schemes, if you fancy braving the hectic traffic!
Travellers should download the Official Milan Expo App (for I-Phone and Android) to fix their agenda on the ground, but there’s a host of sites to tap into before you land.
Easy Expo is an independent site written by Milan insiders to help visitors make the most of Expo 2015. They have a comprehensive guide to Milan or, if you have limited time there when you’re not checking out the Expo, then read our 24 Hour Guide to Milan for a whistlestop orientation.
Very Bello provides a handy catalogue of the 1000+ cultural events happening across the Expo zone. Browse by category for everything from jazz and theatre to kids and literary events.
The Expo site at Rho Fiera is just the tip of the iceberg of course and Fuori Expo covers the full gamut of events happening across the city and beyond.
Milan Expo Tickets
Expo tickets cost between 22 - 39 Euros, but you can get one free when you book your Milan flight and hotel with London City. Click here for a quote and to make your booking.
Look out for our competition too, when we’ll be giving away Alitalia flights and tickets to a handful of lucky customers. Click here to find out more and to enter.
When in Milano
Since Milan is the home of the aperitivo, you should expect a free, tasty tapas-like snack to accompany your pre-dinner beverage. There’s no finer place to sample it than at its birthplace: the 100 year-old Camparino Bar in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, a designer shopping mall that’s home to Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Armani and Versace.
Milan’s charming vintage trams have to be experienced and you can even wine and dine on board the elegant 1928 dinner tram as you tour around the city.
Alternatively, entertain clients at the super swanky Mio Restaurant, in the Park Hyatt Hotel, just steps away from the Duomo.
Milan may be hogging the headlines, but it’s not the only show in town. Here’s a few other dates for the diary from LCY destinations across Europe:
Power-Gen Europe, Amsterdam, 9-11 June
Post Expo, Paris, 29 Sept – 1 October
World Forum for Medicine, Dusseldorf, 16-19 November
Euro Port, Rotterdam, 3-6 November
Art International, Zurich, 16-18 October
By Jools Stone