Milan | Wednesday 28 October to Friday 6 November 2015

About Milan

Milan, a “capital” to be discovered…

If Barcelona and London were the coolest cities to visit in the 20th century, it seems that it’s Milan which will be un-missable in the 21st.

The Daily Telegraph

52 places to go in 2015: number 1: Milan, Italy

The New York Times

“Milan will reassert itself as a capital of culture during Expo, when museums all over the city will stay open until 11.30pm, and 14 ‘pavilions’ of art will showcase paintings, architecture, music and literature in venues throughout the city. Milan is the city of fashion, with shops to suit all tastes and budgets. Italy is very famous for its cuisine, and the Milanese one has much to offer starting from its classic “risotto” and “cotoletta alla Milanese”. Milan is thus an intriguing blend of history, art, fashion, taste and fun”


History, arts and culture

Milan is one of the most important and stylish cities in Italy. Milan’s origin goes back to 400 B.C., when Gauls settled and defeated the Etruscans. In 222 B.C., the city was conquered by Romans and was annexed to the Roman Empire.

In the year 1300, the Visconti family brought a period of glory and wealth to the city, building the Duomo and the Castle. The Sforza family then assumed the Castle and the power of the Visconti family, achieving peace after many years of war against Venice and Florence. Under the Sforza Ducat, the city began the development of sciences, art and literature. Ludovico il Moro (Ludovico Sforza) invited Leonardo da Vinci and Bramante to join his court.
Attractions not to be missed in Milan are the Duomo – the third largest cathedral in the world; the Sforza Castle, built in 1368 later became an elegant and stunning Renaissance residence; Teatro alla Scala, Opera House – completed in 1776 and hosting superb theatrical productions; and Santa Maria delle Grazie – an elaborated church dating back to 1463, it is also the home of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting “L’ultima cena” (The last supper).

You can also enjoy many art galleries and museums, such as Pinacoteca di Brera Gallery – housing one of Italy’s most important art collections, and the Modern Art Gallery. The stratification of these different art styles gives Milan a quintessential uniqueness and will provide an unforgettable setting for the IAF ILAC 2015 Annual Meetings.


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Discovering very closely the Duomo’s hidden treasures…

Milan’s spectacular cathedral reflects the scale of the city’s creativity and ambition.

The pearly white facade, adorned with 135 spires and 3400 statues, wows the crowds with its extravagant detail. However, like much in Milan, it is hellishly expensive, which is why Giangaleazzo Visconti established the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo, Italy’s oldest company, in 1387 to maintain it through the ages.

Operational for over 627 years, the fabbrica is also entrusted to preserve the cathedral’s greatest treasures, in the form of hundreds of drawings, models, sculpture, paintings and artworks. A selection of that rich legacy is now on display in the newly renovated Museo del Duomo.


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… exploring the future of food at Expo 2015

Ever since London’s Great Exhibition in 1851, world fairs have always aimed to dazzle us with architectural feats and daring technological innovations. Past Expos have given us Paris’s Eiffel Tower and Seattle’s Space Needle, as well as our first glimpse of escalators (Paris 1855), ice cream cones (St Louis 1904) and mobile phones (Osaka 1970).

The next world exposition in Milan poses one of the world’s most pressing questions: how do we feed a future population of 9 billion people without destroying the planet? To come up with the answers, 144 countries will set up shop northwest of central Milan, forming a mini city-within-a-city, complete with streets, squares, hills and lakes, and 55 splashy national pavilions. Beside them themed ‘clusters’ will explore commodities such as coffee, maize and spices, while students from MIT will run workshops on the kitchens of the future in the Future Food District.

With 20 million expected visitors, the Expo intends to leverage what Milan does best – food, fashion, design and innovation – on a truly global scale.


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Experience the city’s design and fashion…

The Milanese used to complain that their city had not produced one single significant modern building since Giò Ponti erected the Pirelli Tower in 1958. That is hardly the case these days though, given the dramatic architectural Renaissance underway.

Gone is the industrial no-man’s land around the Porta Garibaldi railway station, replaced by César Pelli’s gleaming crown of skyscrapers, and just north in Isola Stefano Boeri’s Bosco Verticale residential high rises will eventually feature hundreds of trees and thousands of smaller plants tumbling down from balconies to an urban park below.

Even the fashion houses are getting in on the act, with Prada, Gucci and Louis Vuitton stumping up the cash to restore the world’s oldest and most lovely shopping mall, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

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… taste the world’s finest culinary creations…

Given Expo’s food theme, gourmands would be crazy to miss going to Milan in 2015. Not only will the world exposition offer 184 unrepeatable days of food tasting, culture, science and innovation, but you’ll be able to graze your way through over a hundred different national cuisines.

At the Triennale Design Museum an Arts & Food exhibition will explore the art, culture and rituals of eating, looking at the implements we use, the rooms and restaurants we dine in and the lengths we will go to for valuable commodities such as sugar and spices.


It is hardly a coincidence that the world’s most iconic image, Leonardo’s Last Supper, depicts men sharing a meal.


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Be inspired by artistic icons, both old and new…

Coinciding with the start of Expo is the opening of Prada’s cutting-edge 17,500 sq. ft. Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by Rem Koolhaas, with exhibits selected from Miuccia Prada’s extensive personal collection. Photography, too, has a new home in the Palazzo della Ragione


…enjoy soccer at San Siro Stadium

San Siro Stadium is one of the most important Stadium in Italy as well as for international soccer. The Stadium was built to host mainly Milan’s matches of A.C. Milan, but in 1947-1948 it became the home of Inter as well.

After buying the stadium, the City of Milan started a first round of renovations in 1935 that led to the construction of four connecting curves between the bleachers, with an increase in the capacity of the two front ones. The renovations, supervised by the engineer Bertera and architect Perlasca, provided the people of Milan a stadium with 55.000 seats.

In 1980, this “Temple of Soccer” was named “Giuseppe Meazza” to honor the unforgettable Milanese player who played both for Inter and AC Milan and was a two-time World Champion with the Italian national team.



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