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See the World in a Day at Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy

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I will never forget visiting the World’s Fair in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1986. I was taken by the feeling that I could travel all around the world in one location, on one day. When I heard the World’s Fair was being held in Milan, Italy this year, I could not wait to give my kids the same experience. Expo Milano 2015 is focused on “Feeding the Planet.” Countries set up elaborate displays to showcase their latest technology. Here are some tips for visiting the World’s Fair, Expo 2015.

Traveling to Expo 2015 in Milan

Expo Milano 2015 is held at Rho Fiera just outside of Central Milan. It is best to arrive by subway. Take the M1 from Central Station to the Rho Fiera station. My family stayed at Hilton Milan which is conveniently located next to Central Station. Tickets for Expo Milano 2015 can be purchased in advance or at the arriving station. Tickets are not sold at the gate. Find the ticket office before exiting the Rho Fiera station. Family tickets are available in multiple configurations. My family chose the one day, two adults and two children package for 90 Euros.

Expo 2015, Expo Milano 2015 - Food People Sculptures

Statues outside at Expo 2015 called the Food People, representing the theme, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.”

What to see at Expo 2015

The fair is enormous. Don’t expect to see it all in one day. I did some research on the Expo Milano 2015 site and chose some pavilions that I thought would interest my family. Brazil has rope climbing structures that are used to go from room to room. Czech Republic has a swimming pool out front that my kids could not wait to dip their feet into. United Arab Emirates is also not to be missed. The Cocoa and Chocolate Thematic Area was a favorite of my family.

Decide which countries are the highest priority for your family and visit them first. If there is more time, visit additional pavilions. There is a large main walkway that runs through the middle of the fair. Displays are set up in the middle and this also serves as a stage for parades and performances from all around the world.

Expo 2015 in Milan, Expo Milano 2015 - Main Walkway

The main walkway at Expo 2015 connects all of the pavilions.

Especially for kids

Expo Milano 2015 can be overwhelming, so make time just for the kids. There is a children’s park on the north side of the fair. Kid friendly food can be found at Eataly, a food pavilion in the middle of the fair. My family ordered a pizza and had a picnic on the grass. “Passports” can be purchased for the kids to stamp as they visit each country. Water filling stations are available throughout the fair, with or without gas. Stroller rentals and baby changing stations are also available. If the kids get tired, let them rest their feet on the shuttles that circle the fair.

I was excited for my kids to see a World’s Fair. They enjoy learning about different cultures and this was the ultimate place to experience them. Take the kids for a trip around the world, don’t miss the World’s Fair – Expo Milano 2015!

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