Today marks the opening of the Milan Expo 2015, an event that's part a series of world fairs that date back to 1851. The event, which was last hosted by Shanghai, China, in 2010, takes place every five years and is an opportunity for participating countries to showcase local culture and technological innovation. This year's theme, "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life," focuses on food, nutrition, and fighting hunger all across the globe, and an astonishing 145 countries are taking part in the event.
The event can be compared in scope and size to the Olympics, but instead of lasting for two weeks, Expo Milano 2015 will be open from May 1 to October 31, 2015. During this six-month period, Milan will transform itself into the center of a global showcase where participating countries reveal their best technological developments that aim to provide a realistic solution to a current and vital need: guaranteeing healthy, safe, and adequate food for everyone on the planet, no matter their country of origin, while simultaneously respecting the environment. Some estimates expect the expo to welcome over 20 million visitors to the 270-acre former industrial site ten miles out of Milan; before opening day, nine million tickets for the event were already sold.
Solving World Hunger at the Milan Expo 2015
The Milan Expo has lofty goals; after Milan was chosen to be the host city for this year's event, a broad debate on the right to food was sparked. The debate united the international scientific community, social organizations, and various governmental and non-governmental institutions in a discussion regarding a way to solve the food security problem our planet currently faces. As a result, the Italian government organized the drafting of the Charter of Milan; this charter is a first in the history of the fair, and it calls on every citizen, company, and government in the world to assume their responsibility in ensuring that future generations can experience the right to food.
As serious and as pressing as the inspiration behind Expo Milan 2015 event may be, the event itself hopes to provide a fun, interactive environment in which people can learn more about feeding the planet. Event organizers know that the best way to teach people and make people care about food security is to get them involved and enjoying themselves. Participating countries have invested millions of dollars in designing pavilions that showcase their nations' unique cuisine and cultural heritage; event-goers will have the chance to sample delicious cuisines from around the world, from Michelin-starred haute cuisine to rarely-sampled regional dishes. Additionally, attendees can meander around special clusters dedicated to foodstuffs considered indispensable to the human food chain, such as rice, cereals, fruits, and even chocolate and coffee.
Getting to Expo Milano 2015
If you're interested in traveling to Expo Milano 2015 to experience this grand event, there is no better way to do it than with a Milan rental car from Auto Europe. With a rental car, you have the freedom to easily travel to the expo outside Milan and then head back to Milan to take in the city's museums, theaters, and famous fashion. You can even visit other can't-miss destinations in northern Italy, such as Turin, Genoa, or Venice, or check out our amazing Italy road trip planners to see more of Italy during your time at the Milan Expo 2015!