photo by Dirk Verwoerd: Italy pavilion
In about a month, the World Expo in Milan will come to an end. If you haven’t visited the Expo Milano yet, now is the time to grab your bags and fly to Milan!
As a web editor of MIMOA I recently published many of the pavilions that have been built for the Expo 2015: with special thanks to one of our contributors Nazar for uploading all the information on the pavilions and to the Dutch photographer Dirk Verwoerd for adding all impressive photos.
Then suddenly I was asked to join a weekend trip to Milan with the Expo 2015 as the highlight of the visit. I didn’t exactly know what to expect. I knew the Dutch pavilion of the Expo 2000 in Hanover (MVRDV), the Atomium in Brussels (Expo 1958) and of course, the Eiffel Tower in Paris (Expo 1889). But what are these world exhibitions for? Why would 20 million people visit an area of 1,1 square kilometres to visit a temporary exhibition? It was about time to go there and explore the phenomenon!
Our trip consisted of an evening and a full day at the Expo, as well as one full day in the city, which was a perfect combination. The evening tickets are way cheaper than the day tickets and the worse crowds are gone at night. Coming from the Metro station, you need to walk through a long walkway before you reach the entrance of the Expo. Immediately, I was amazed by the immense scale of the Expo. The first pavilions encountered at the entrance were the main pavilions “Expo Centre” and “Pavilion Zero”, which tower above the Expo, resembling hills or thatched baskets. This was going to be a night to remember.