Europe, History & Culture

Expo 2015 Milano – Experience the World

July 21, 2015

Discover Incredible Food and More at Expo 2015 Milano

Expo 2015 Milano with the theme Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, is the first Universal Exposition focused on nutrition. With food as the focus and over 140 participating countries, a visit to Expo 2015 is an opportunity to eat and drink your way around the world. And the culinary treats are just the beginning of the world-class Expo experience.

Be Entertained

Allavita by Cirque du Soleil, tells a story about a magical seed in an engaging and inspiring performance suitable for the entire family. Allavita runs from Wednesday to Sunday, through August 30 at the accessible Open Air Theater at the Expo Site.

Cirque du Soleil actor in chefs hat with big handlebar moustache at Expo 2015

Cirque du Soleil Allavita performer balancing on one hand at Expo 2015

Foody, the Expo mascot, and Friends participate in an eye-catching parade along the main street at 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Foody, the Expo 2015 mascot is a colourful creature with two bananas for a mouth and a watermelon for a head.

Be Tempted

I can’t resist mentioning the food and drinks again. They are that good. Personal highlights include the opportunity to taste from a massive selection of Italian wine at Vino – A Taste of Italy Pavilion and an outstanding cheese fondue lunch at the Swiss Pavilion.

At Expo 2015 you will find Vino - A Taste of Italy with hundreds wine bottles available for tasting

Vino – A Taste of Italy

A fondue pot, two forks and bread dripping with cheese at the Swiss Pavilion restaurant, Expo 2015

Lunch at the Swiss Pavilion

Be Active

With a culinary temptation at every turn, we embraced every opportunity to move.

A boy with sunglasses in a red chair that is shaped like a cup at Expo 2015

Estonia
The three-floor Estonian pavilion resembles wooden blocks stacked on top of each other. Wooden swings hang between the boxes and the energy created by swinging is transformed into electrical energy.

A woman and boy on wooden swings at the Estonia Pavilion, Expo 2015 Milan

Brazil
The popular Brazilian pavilion contains a massive net suspended over lush gardens.

A brown metal sign of Brazil in front of grass and a suspended cargo net at Expo 2015

Be Comfortable

Plentiful washrooms, complimentary filtered water and places to rest are available throughout the Expo site. Restaurants cater to families and offer high chairs as well as children’s menus. Well stocked nursery areas sponsored by Chicco provide all you need for breastfeeding and changing younger family members. Courtesy strollers are available but require prior booking and registration through the Chicco App.

Many Pavilions incorporate water and gardens into the design. The American pavilion is difficult to miss and impressive with the clever use of water. I won’t give away the surprise but stand near the sign and let me know what you discover.

The USA Pavilion at Expo 2015 displays a massive American flag with a plate, knife and fork instead of stars

The diverse gardens leading to the French pavilion are a treat to walk through and signify France’s commitment to agriculture and meeting the challenge of feeding the world today and tomorrow.

The word France in white letters in front of wheat at corn at Expo 2015 Milan.

The Expo 2015 site is surrounded by a canal, celebrating water as one of the central elements of the Expo theme. The canals have a positive influence on the micro-climate and are a tribute to the Navigli, a system of waterways in Milan.

A canal surrounding the Expo 2015 site in Milano

Be Educated

The learning opportunities at Expo are plentiful and thought-provoking. The Swiss Pavilion resonated with our family because of the ingenious concept and sustainability focus. The slogan “Quanto ne rimane?” on the outside of the pavilion means “How much is left?”.

The towers of the Swiss Pavilion at Expo 2015 in Milan.

The Swiss Pavilion profiles non-traditional Swiss food products – coffee, apples, salt and water. Each visitor is welcome to take as much of the food from the Pavilion as they want, but as they do, they contribute to the deconstruction of the Pavilion. Once the food is gone, so is the Swiss Pavilion. To ensure you don’t miss this incredible and innovative Pavilion, book your tickets online.

Blue boxes of water glasses at the Swiss Pavilion, Expo 2015.

A small box of Sel Des Alpes from the Swiss Pavilion at Expo 2015

At Expo 2015, thematic clusters including rice, coffee and chocolate are an innovate way to group communities by a common theme or food group instead of a geographical area.

At the Coffee Cluster, we discovered how a coffee bean begins life as the seed of a tropical plant and ultimately becomes part of a warm, aromatic beverage. It is possible to customize and enjoy a shot of espresso from illy – the official coffee partner of Expo 2015.

A barista making an illy espresso at Expo 2015 Milan

Be Informed

Wonderful Expo 2015 offer daily small-group tours in English at the following times: 10:45 am – 11:30 am – 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm. During the three hour tour, a guide will teach you about the layout of the Expo site and show you Pavilion Zero and the Themed Clusters such as rice, coffee, and chocolate. Cost: Adults €20, Under 14 €12, Seniors over 65 €12. Customized tours are also available through Wonderful Expo 2015.

Be Relaxed

Our home away from home in Milano is the Four Seasons Hotel Milan. Discover what makes this hotel special at Luxe Travel Family – Four Seasons Milano. The former convent is the perfect place to return to after a busy day exploring Expo 2015. The Universal Exposition site is approximately 25 minutes and €25-€30 via taxi from the Four Seasons Hotel Milan.

Statue of a woman, box hedge, topiaries and sitting areas in the courtyard at Four Seasons Hotel Milano

Travel Tips

  • Expo 2015 runs until October 31, 2015 and is open every day from 10:00 am – 23:00. Expo tickets are available online. Plan to spend at least two days exploring Expo. Longer is better.
  • An Expo Milano 2015 Official App is available for smartphone users.
  • The Exposition site is over one million square meters and designed using a grid system. A large central square is located at the intersection of the two main streets, Cardo (north-south) and Decumanus (east-west). You will find the Italian exhibitors along Cardo and International EXPO 2015 participants along Decumanus.
  • Taxis drop-off and pick-up at the Roserio entrance. The metro is located at the Triulza entrance.
  • Free ID bracelets for your children are available at the Expo entrances.
  • Complimentary filtered water – still and sparkling – is available throughout the Expo 2015 site so bring your reusable water bottles.
  • There is an onsite +Medical drugstore open Monday to Sunday 10 am – 11 pm.
  • Tickets for Allavita are available online, and you require a ticket to Expo as well as a ticket to attend the performance. The gates open at 8:30 pm, but be sure to line-up by 8 pm for the best seats. The show begins before 9:30 pm and lasts approximately 90 minutes.You might want to visit La Terrazza Martini designed by Pininfarina in the Italian Pavilion for an aperitivo before Allavita. It is possible to take food into the Open Air Theatre, and a gelato shop is right across from the entrance.

A glass of Prosecco with the Martini logo on the glass

 

You may also enjoy reading Four Seasons Milano – Home Away From Home and Milano – A Family Destination.

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5 Comments

  • Reply Jessica The Dining Traveler July 22, 2015 at 3:50 am

    Great recap of the Expo! Thanks for the tips, I finally booked my ticket! Going in September!

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily July 22, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks Jessica! Expo is fabulous and I am tempted to return before it ends in October.

  • Reply Alexandra August 17, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Looks like you had a great time – staying at the Four Seasons sure doesn’t hurt… Did you travel far to get there? I am still on the fence about going, and yet for me it’s only a short train ride from Florence. I’ve heard that the line-ups to get into the main pavilions are terrible, and that’s kinda holding me back… is it true?

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily August 17, 2015 at 9:08 am

      Very true – staying at the Four Seasons is always a good thing. We traveled from Canada, so it was a long flight plus a train from Zurich. There is a lot to experience at Expo apart from the popular pavilions. I enjoyed the smaller Thematic Clusters – coffee, chocolate, rice. If you go, I suggest reserving a time to visit the Swiss Pavilion in advance. There is a link in my post. We visited in late June, and the line-ups at some of the other popular pavilions e.g. Brazil moved quickly.

  • Reply Amore! Liguria Weekend Trip - The Dining Traveler September 10, 2015 at 3:24 am

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