Celebrity guests headed to Italy this summer or fall should consider a detour to Milan where Andrea Bocelli will open Expo Milano 2015 on April 30. Running through October 31, the international fair will showcase technology from over 140 countries, and welcome over 20 million visitors. The historical city, which is home to majestic Gothic cathedral, the Duomo, and Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, previously hosted the Expo in 1906, when the show—which opened in conjunction with the opening of the Simplon Tunnel—was dedicated to transportation.
Participating countries will put forward their best cultural and technological ideas on this year’s timely theme, Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, encouraging visitors to consider how we can continue to produce food safely and sufficiently. Exhibits include a 12-acre wheat field built near the city’s new Porta Nuova business district, and a “sustainable hub,” sponsored by Celebrity’s official coffee, Lavazza. With food being the central theme, Expo 2015 will also pay tribute to the best of each exhibiting country’s gastronomic traditions, including Italian specialties from Mario Batali’s American delicatessen chain Eataly, and frozen treats courtesy of the Gelato Festival.
The festival’s dedication to culture is also evident in this year’s carefully curated calendar of—literally—hundreds of events, including a soccer match hosted by former Argentinean soccer star Javier Zanetti. During the event, players will compete “in solidarity” to raise funds for children’s nutrition charities. Another highlight will undoubtedly be “Allavita!” the new and exclusive show created by Cirque du Soleil in honor of Expo 2015. A complete list of events is available on the Expo 15 website.
Expo Milan tickets are still available, so plan your trip now!