The Insider: Behind the Scenes at Expo 2015

Bold ideas will come together in the Italian sun this summer. The world is meeting to discuss how we can continue to feed the planet and create energy for life in a rapidly changing environment. The Insider is here with an exclusive behind the scenes look at Expo 2015, happening this summer in Milan. We called on our friends at Where Milan to introduce us to Expo 2015. We have unique tips and tricks for navigating the event, what to explore in Milan and how to make the most of your experience at this huge, international cultural event!


Expo is an evolution of the World’s Fair and is a huge global festival bringing together thinkers and innovators from around the world. One key feature of the event is the huge urban structures built for the fair which are often only partially dismantled following the festival’s completion. Main structures are generally re-used and converted; this is how many cities and countries have established their symbols, including the Eiffel Tower in Paris (Exposition Universelle of 1889), Arts and Industries Building of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington (Centennial Exposition of 1876) and the Aquarium of Genoa (1992 World Expo).

Expo 2015


The Universal Exposition is being held for the second time in Milan from May 1 – October 31st, 2015 and boasts several totally unique, innovative features. The Expo’s theme is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” and is aimed to explore individual cultures and traditions. Countries will showcase their positions and offer solutions regarding the major challenges related to the future of food.

By the Numbers

– 184 days in length
– 130 participating countries, sponsoring 60+ pavilions
– 2,000,000 square meter exhibition site
– 20,000,000 expected visitors


The Events

Expo 2015 is comprised of more than 7,000 events around the city throughout the summer.

For the occasion, Cirque du Soleil has designed an exclusive show, Allavita! (to Life!), which will be performed in the brand new Open Air Theatre with 11,000 seats. MTV, the popular music television channel, has also chosen Milan to host the MTV Europe Music Awards. Plus, there are a number of art exhibitions across the city, two of which are being held at the new Museum of Cultures.

Exploring Milan

Milan has been defined as ‘the most vibrant’ Italian city by The New York Times, and this is the best year for tourists to explore the city’s charms and also enjoy the 2015 World Expo.

Galleria photo credits urbanfile (after restoration)After renovations and loads of construction work, the Italian capital of fashion and architecture is beginning to unveil its new look! The city’s historic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – the splendid “Living Room” of Milan – has been given a makeover, and the same is true for the Darsena and the Navigli district, with restored waterways at a number of locations around the city. New piazzas, tree-lined walking and bike paths, have been built in the already foot-friendly city.Expoduomo

Visitors can also explore the Expo Gate in front of the city’s historic castle, and everywhere in town restaurants and museums are featuring new menus and new exhibitions, mainly focused on the Expo theme.


Ready to start your adventure?

expo-cirque-du-soleilBuy your tickets for Expo in advance to save money! Advance purchases include a 20% discount, and tickets bought before May 1st, 2015 are all less than €32.

Buy tickets online at or through the Expo Milano 2015 Official App (available from the Apple Store and Google Play). You can also find tickets through the online network of authorized ticket resellers.

When booking your flights, be sure to search around and try services such as or Skyscanner, which allow you to compare flights from across the web, all in one place. Before you board your plane, don’t forget to download Where Milan and a collection of all your favorite magazines from the PressReader catalogue to keep you entertained on the flight.

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Where Milan is a free publication available on PressReader  that delivers the inside scoop on the city! Get tips on restaurants, shopping, museums and more as you plan your Italian escape. Download the latest issue now and let the adventure begin!



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