Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities for 2015: Milan is 3rd

The results are in. Lonely Planet’s experts have decided on the best cities to visit this year. Some are criminally underrated, others are popping the champagne for...

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The results are in. Lonely Planet’s experts have decided on the best cities to visit this year. Some are criminally underrated, others are popping the champagne for special events, but these cities are all unmissable in 2015.

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Milan is a city of lavish wealth and almost frightening elegance. Think bankers in bespoke shoes that cost more than your computer, wealthy donnas with Prada handbags and professionally blow-dried hair, elderly ladies walking toy poodles down the Via della Spiga. It’s all very pretty to look at, but it can make a mere mortal feel a bit dowdy and down-at-the-heels.

But in 2015, the city will welcome the hoi polloi with open arms. Expo 2015 – the latest of the world fairs that have been held since the mid 1800s – will be held between May and October, bringing droves of visitors to Italy’s second largest city. This Expo will focus on food – a topic close to any Italian’s heart – specifically issues surrounding sustainable agriculture and global nutrition. The 1.1 million sq metre fairgrounds will be laid out like a classical Roman city, with symmetrical avenues, a canal, and a huge artificial lake surrounded by pavilions. Explore the ‘future food district’, watch cooking demos, wander a plaza full of street musicians and dance performers, or indulge in nighttime wine-tastings. At least 144 countries will participate. In years past, world fairs have introduced or popularised such now-ubiquitous foodstuffs as cotton candy, ice-cream cones and hamburgers. So come to Milan to find out what we’ll all be eating in 50 years.Milan is a city of lavish wealth and almost frightening elegance. Think bankers in bespoke shoes that cost more than your computer, wealthy donnas with Prada handbags and professionally blow-dried hair, elderly ladies walking toy poodles down the Via della Spiga. It’s all very pretty to look at, but it can make a mere mortal feel a bit dowdy and down-at-the-heels.

But in 2015, the city will welcome the hoi polloi with open arms. Expo 2015 – the latest of the world fairs that have been held since the mid 1800s – will be held between May and October, bringing droves of visitors to Italy’s second largest city. This Expo will focus on food – a topic close to any Italian’s heart – specifically issues surrounding sustainable agriculture and global nutrition. The 1.1 million sq metre fairgrounds will be laid out like a classical Roman city, with symmetrical avenues, a canal, and a huge artificial lake surrounded by pavilions. Explore the ‘future food district’, watch cooking demos, wander a plaza full of street musicians and dance performers, or indulge in nighttime wine-tastings. At least 144 countries will participate. In years past, world fairs have introduced or popularised such now-ubiquitous foodstuffs as cotton candy, ice-cream cones and hamburgers. So come to Milan to find out what we’ll all be eating in 50 years.

Source: Lonely Planet