Milan Expo 2015

Submitted by admin on 10 Oct 2014

Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life

Following the Blog we posted back in October, (see below) we have now updated it with full information for pricing and ticketing, for anyone who plans to be in Milan this year between May and October and wants to be part of this huge event.  145 nations are taking part, of whom 54 have constructed their own pavilions which highlight issues of particular importance to them.

Open tickets for use on any day cost €39 per person

Fixed day tickets for adults cost €34 per person

Reductions apply for the over 65s, students, families and people with disabilities.  If you think you will be in town for an extended period then you could explore the 2/3 day carnet options which will bring a small saving.

The easiest way to buy a ticket is on-line at and there is a more tourist-oriented website  You need to register yourself on the site before purchasing the tickets and then remember to print the confirmation ticket which will be sent to your email address.

Alternatively, you can buy tickets from the EXPO GATE, which is a huge glass structure built in the centre of Milan just outside the entrance to the Sforza Castle, and close to the UNA HOTEL CASANI which we use as the pick-up point for our Lakes Tour.

The exhibition site lies to the north west of the city centre and can be reached most easily using the new metro service to Rho Fiera, on Red Line 1. It takes about 25 minutes from the centre of Milan.

It is also possible to buy tickets for the world-famous Cirque du Soleil evening performances which will run from May 13 to August 30 and take place in the open-air theatre which is part of the exhibition site.  These cost €25, €30 or €35 depending on the zone.

If you would prefer to stay in the centre but still feel a part of Expo, the city has put on the largest ever exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci'swork at the Palazzo Reale and tickets for this can be purchased for €12 for an adult (€10 with reductions).  The exhibition runs until July 19th.


Published OCTOBER 2014

Expo is a global, non-commercial exhibition organized by the country that wins the bid to host the event and involves the participation of many other nations invited through its diplomatic channels.

The first Expo was held in London in 1851, and its success prompted other countries to organize similar events such as the Paris Expo in 1889, memorable for its Eiffel Tower. Each Expo is dedicated to a topic of universal interest and, in Milan 2015, the theme is Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. The Expo takes place on a purpose-built site and is an opportunity for participants and visitors to meet and share in a unique experience, as they get to know and experiment with an innovative theme. The role of a universal Exposition, besides showcasing the most promising new technologies, is to open discussions on the collective challenges that mankind is facing. The international body that regulates the frequency, quality and performance of the expositions, Le Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), was founded under an international convention, signed in Paris in 1928. Currently over 160 countries are members of the BIE.

The Milan Expo will open its doors on May 1, 2015, and will end on October 31 of the same year. It represents six months of performances, meetings, conferences and gatherings on a site that is entirely dedicated to this extraordinary event.  This will be an area north-west of Milan, and will cover over 1 million square feet, comprising part of the territory surrounding the towns of Pero and Rho. The concept and masterplan for the construction of the exhibition site was developed by an advisory group of five internationally renowned architects. The park, built on a grid, will be surrounded by water channels and punctuated by striking landscape architecture.

The unfortunate (for us!) consequence of Expo 2015 in Milan is that the city is expecting over 20 million visitors and hotel beds are going to be extremely hard to find. And, if you can find one, prices are likely to be hugely inflated compared to normal. Guests joining us on our two Lakes tours in 2015 in May and September will need to plan well ahead to ensure accommodation in the city centre. However, it might be worth considering a few days in another part of the region of Lombardy and coming into Milan by train early on the morning of the day the tour starts, and we have a useful Blog page which may give you some inspiration.

If you have questions relating to this then please do not hesitate to get in touch.