The Italian Almanac
The Italian Pavillon
A scale model of the Italian pavilion for Milan Expo 2015 was unveiled in the Quirinale Palace, the official residence of the President of Italy. The exhibit "Italy Pavillion. From design to Expo 2015", will be open to the public at the Quirinale until January 15, is the first stop for a show illustrating the plans for the 40 million euro project that will be Italy's own showcase for its Universal Exposition at home, which is themed "Feeding the Planet. Energy for life".
The 1:50 scale miniature was presented by Expo Chairman Diana Bracco and Michele Mole' of the Roman architectural firm Nemesi & Partners, which designed the pavilion, as well as Louis Godart, councilor for the Italian president on the conservation of artistic patrimony. Premier Enrico Letta said last week that he wants Expo 2015 in Milan to be a showcase for recession-hit Italy like the 1960 Olympics was when the country was in the middle of its post-war economic boom.
"After the great (economic) crisis, Expo can be a great showcase for a revived Italy," Letta said. "It can be the same as the 1960 Rome Olympics, which told the world about Italy during the boom". The premier added that he was confident the Milan world fair would be even better than the successful Shanghai Expo of 2010, which registered more than 70 million visitors.
Expo Milan Commissioner Giuseppe Sala on Monday said the six month event will be "the first Universal Exposition on the 'green economy'" and underlined the importance of a partnership GreenItaly together with Unioncamere and Fondazione Symbola. GreenItaly is a group promoting sustainable, environmentally friendly development.