The New York Times recently unveiled its list of the top 52 places to go this year: Milan took the top spot. Thanks to the arrival of EXPO 2015, Italy’s financial capital is cementing its identity as cosmopolitan and international city
Twenty million visitors are expected in 2015, from May to October, to visit the city of Milan for the Expo. The event – which involves more than 130 participating nations and organizations sponsoring more than 60 pavilions – focuses on food, nutrition and sustainability practices, a fitting choice for a country with solid culinary traditions. Highlights will include the Future Food District, a space to explore technological advances affecting the global food chain, and the Lake Arena, an Expo centerpiece with a mirrorlike pond and fountain fed by water from the city’s canals.
The Expo 2015 also coincides with the completion of a number of urban renewal projects that are infusing new life into overlooked quarters, like La Darsena, a formerly dilapidated harbor that will feature tree-lined promenades, bike paths and piazzas. Historical attractions have also been spruced up, from the gleaming facade of the majestic Duomo to the restored canals of the charming Navigli district.
So, a new energy courses through Milan, a revitalized city with new bars, shops, restaurants and cultural centers. Visiting interesting industrial design boutiques in zona Tortona or Navigli and Basilica di Santa’Ambrogio, an “aperitivo” in the city’s Porta Nuova area, late drinks or early museums: there’s something to do for everyone in NYT’s 36 hours in Milan.