The design of the Exhibition Site of Expo Milano 2015 was inspired by the plan of a Roman ‘castrum’, shaped like a cross, with two large perpendicular streets, known as the Cardo and the Decumanus. Simple and intuitive, the project will help visitors find their way around the area hosting events and exhibitions where they can sample the traditional enogastronomic specialities of people from all over the world. Situated at the intersection between the two aforementioned streets, Piazza Italia, Expo’s large main square, is a symbolic place where Italy will meet the world. Conversely, the Mediterranean Hill, Expo Centre, the Open Air Theatre and Lake Arena are situated at the four ends of the Cardo and Decumanus.
More than 150,000 square metres of the Exhibition Site are devoted to countries who have decided to set up and build their own Pavilions (i.e. self-built pavilions) along the main road known as World Avenue. A layout designed to offer maximum exposure featuring futuristic architecture and a skyline of self-built pavilions set against a unique backdrop. Not only an evocative setting but also one that will benefit the environment due to the fact that each participant must guarantee full compliance with the regulations enforced in order to ensure that visitors are offered an unrepeatable, eco-friendly experience.
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For the first time, Countries are not grouped by collective pavilions based on geographic criteria but by a common theme and food group to which they belong. Clusters are characterized by communal areas, featuring functional spaces like a market and areas for exhibitions, events and tastings
How to reach EXPO Milano 2015: the Exhibition Site is located just a few kilometers from the centre of Milan and is easily accessible thanks to direct connections to the city’s three airports (Linate, Malpensa and Orio al Serio) and highly efficient public transportation networks: Metropolitana Linea 1; autostrade A4 Torino-Milano-Venezia, A8/A9 Milano-Como-Chiasso and Milano-Varese and Tangenziale ovest; high-speed rail connection in correspondence to the West gate.