Expo Milano has something for everyone

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senior travel talkTravelers with an appetite for one-of-a-kind events should head to northern Italy to take part in one of the year’s biggest gatherings – Expo Milano 2015.

The universal exposition, also known as a “World’s Fair,’ has a history that stretches back more than a century. Frequently, technological innovations or iconic structures are introduced at the events. The Eiffel Tower, for example, was built for the Paris Exposition of 1889. Today, major expositions are held in a different city every five years.

Milan’s Expo, which runs through October, focuses on food and agriculture, with the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” More than 140 countries from around the world are participating. They’re focusing a spotlight on culinary traditions as well as the latest advances in technology and agriculture to ensure that everyone has access to a healthy, safe and sufficient supply of food.

Expo Milano has been built on a site that’s nearly 250 acres and is located about 25 minutes from the city center by public transportation. There’s EXPO_2015_-_Milano_-_Piazza_Castello,_Expo_Gatemuch for visitors of all ages, including children, to see, do and eat.

Employing some of the world’s major architectural firms, dozens of countries have constructed pavilions. Mexico’s is inspired by the shape of a giant ear of corn, the country’s most typical food; Austria incorporates a forest; the United Arab Emirates uses ramps that evoke desert sand dunes; South Korea’s resembles a “moon jar,” a container used to ferment its traditional dishes; Angola has a stylized African baobab tree at its center.

The U.S. pavilion evokes the design of a traditional American barn. It features a boardwalk made of wood repurposed from Coney Island and, on one wall of the building, a vertical farm where vegetables, grains and herbs are harvested daily. Food trucks serve up iconic regional dishes and visitors can tour an exhibit called “The Great American Foodscape.”

Expo Milano also has clusters that bring together countries linked by a common food such as rice, cocoa or coffee. Pavilion Zero serves as an introduction, exploring the transformation of the natural landscape and the rituals of food consumption. In the Future Food District, visitors learn about new technologies at each step of the food chain. The Children’s Park is designed as a forest, a place for young visitors to learn and have fun. When it comes time for dining, the expo has more than 150 options, from restaurants and bars to cafeterias and kiosks.

But the expo is designed to be a feast for all the senses, not just taste, and the arts also play a role. The La Scala opera house will present opera, classical music and ballet during the expo.

For help planning a trip to Expo Milano 2015, contact your travel agent.

Lucie Giguere is an agent and office manager of Travel Leaders/Travel Advisors International at 204 Front St. in Lincoln. Contact her at (401) 725-1234 or lucie@taitrips.com.

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