Showcasing Italy’s excellence in the world
The EXPO stretches along a long avenue, the “Decumano” which eventually crosses a shorter avenue, the “Cardo” at Piazza Italia. The words “decumano”and “cardo” come from ancient Rome.
A Roman city was rationally built. Two orthogonal roads divided the city, the longest one was the decumano, the shortest one was the cardo.
The two main roads crossed at the center of the city, where the main buildings, like the Forum, were built. Even today, you can guess whether an Italian city has a Roman origin when you can spot the decumano and the cardo. For example, Florence and Milan still have a decumano and a cardo at the center of the city.
At the Expo, the Italian Pavilion is actually the whole area around the Cardo. (Virtual Tour of the crossing point)
“Palazzo Italia” is the main building of the Italian Pavilion. It will be transformed into a center for innovation for the city of Milan, once the Expo will be over. Inside Palazzo Italia, the visitor will find the “Identità Italiana” exhibition, which deals with the four Italian Powers: the “Power of Expertise”, the “Power of Beauty”, the “Power of the Challenge” and the “Power of the Future”.
There is an amazing mirrors room, where many video clips of the iconic Italian landscapes and art cities are played: the visitor is really surrounded by beauty. There is even a room with a map of Europe where Italy has been removed, in order to put emphasis on the importance of Italy in the world!
Another interesting location is Eataly, where in front of the Pavilion you can see the bronze horses by Francesco Messina. Inside the Pavilion, the “Tesoro d’Italia”exhibition, which includes priceless works of art by Italian masters, can be visited.
At one end of the cardo, there is the beautiful “Albero della Vita” (“Tree of Life”), which is the location of spectacular lighting/music shows every evening.
Special thanks to @Giulia_Belloni from the EXPO Social Media Team.
Written by, Sergio Porrini – Next Generation Virtual Reality Expert ✧ Luxury Hotels ✧ Museums ✧ Exhibitions ✧ International Sponsorship Projects ✧ ItaliaLiving.com contributor
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