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Expo Milano 2015

France Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015

Milan (Italy). I finally had the opportunity of visiting Expo Milano 2015, the Universal Exhibition hosted in Milan from May 1 to October 31, 2015.

Unfortunately, as expected, the queues were too long and it was impossible to visit more than five or six pavilions in a day. The waiting time to see Brasil, Japan or Italy was more than three hours, and I found it very frustrating.

Therefore, I decided to take some photos: I brought my Leica with me and it was a nice exercise. Some pavilions (Russia and Germany, for example) have a terrace which offers a decent view over the exposition area.

Here are some samples: all my photos of Expo are tagged with “Expo Milan 2015” and can be seen clicking here.

The image here has been taken inside the France pavilion (one of the few ones I could see) and shows one of the Country’s characteristics: its wide production of seeds and agricultural products.

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Ecuador Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015

Milan (Italy). I finally had the opportunity of visiting Expo Milano 2015, the Universal Exhibition hosted in Milan from May 1 to October 31, 2015.

Unfortunately, as expected, the queues were too long and it was impossible to visit more than five or six pavilions in a day. The waiting time to see Brasil, Japan or Italy was more than three hours, and I found it very frustrating.

Therefore, I decided to take some photos: I brought my Leica with me and it was a nice exercise. Some pavilions (Russia and Germany, for example) have a terrace which offers a decent view over the exposition area.

Here are some samples: all my photos of Expo are tagged with “Expo Milan 2015” and can be seen clicking here.

From the terrace at the German Pavilion it is possible to see the Ecuador Pavilion, a very nice building with a colored facade.

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Japan Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015

Milan (Italy). I finally had the opportunity of visiting Expo Milano 2015, the Universal Exhibition hosted in Milan from May 1 to October 31, 2015.

Unfortunately, as expected, the queues were too long and it was impossible to visit more than five or six pavilions in a day. The waiting time to see Brasil, Japan or Italy was more than three hours, and I found it very frustrating.

Therefore, I decided to take some photos: I brought my Leica with me and it was a nice exercise. Some pavilions (Russia and Germany, for example) have a terrace which offers a decent view over the exposition area.

Here are some samples: all my photos of Expo are tagged with “Expo Milan 2015” and can be seen clicking here.

The image posted here shows a detail of the Japan Pavilion, all made by wooden bricks combined together and creating a wall with small apertures. Of course, people are in line waiting to enter.

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Estonia and Russia Pavilions at Expo Milano 2015

Milan (Italy). I finally had the opportunity of visiting Expo Milano 2015, the Universal Exhibition hosted in Milan from May 1 to October 31, 2015.

Unfortunately, as expected, the queues were too long and it was impossible to visit more than five or six pavilions in a day. The waiting time to see Brasil, Japan or Italy was more than three hours, and I found it very frustrating.

Therefore, I decided to take some photos: I brought my Leica with me and it was a nice exercise. Some pavilions (Russia and Germany, for example) have a terrace which offers a decent view over the exposition area.

Here are some samples: all my photos of Expo are tagged with “Expo Milan 2015” and can be seen clicking here.

This is the Estonia Pavilion from the terrace of Russia Pavilion.

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Time to Say Goodbye – La Demolizione dell’Expo Gate

Milan (Italy). Expo Milano 2015 ended exactly one year ago, and the Expo Gate demolition has just begun. This large structure connecting Piazza Castello and Largo Cairoli was built to symbolise an access door to the Expo event and to the many initiatives related to it.

I photographed the Expo Gate several times (for example here, here and here) and all things considered I think it’s enough… it’s time to say goodbye, and to return watching the Sforza Castle without the futuristic frame of the Gate’s Pyramids.


Milano. Expo Milano 2015 è finito da esattamente un anno ed è finalmente in corso la demolizione dell’Expo Gate, la struttura che collega Piazza Castello con Largo Cairoli realizzata con l’intento di rappresentare una porta di accesso all’evento e alle numerose iniziative ad esso correlate.

L’ho fotografata diverse volte (ad esempio qui, qui e qui) e tutto sommato penso che tutto sommato può bastare così… E’ tempo di salutarlo, e di ricominciare a vedere il Castello Sforzesco senza la futuristica cornice delle piramidi di Expo Gate.

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Bosco Verticale

Milan (Italy). New sustainable architectures for the EXPO 2015 city: Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) is an innovative concept of residential towers, with trees along the facade mitigating smog, producing oxygen, moderating the apartments’ temperatures all along the building (both in the winter and summer) and attenuating noises.

Architecture lovers (and not only them!) should come to Milan and observe this wonderful example of urban sustainability: I believe that this is the way, and that sooner or later we will be able to cultivate fruits and vegetables in highly technological vertical farms. The “Bosco Verticale” skyscraper has been winning several prizes since its opening, and is now a landmark in the new skyline of Milan. Beauty, efficiency and sustainability together in the same concept!

The only downside: apartments here are very expensive!

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Milan from the Window of Tram n. 1

Milan (Italy). This photograph demonstrates – if necessary – that in every moment of the day there is an opportunity to capture an image (and how useful and handy is the Ricoh GR camera, which perfectly fits in my raincoat pocket and is ready to use in every moment).

Yesterday I was on my way home back from the office and I jumped on the tram n.1. It is definitely a very old but characteristic coach, which dates back around 1920 – 1930 but is now fully operating after a complete and renovation work. When I was sit on one of its wooden benches, I was thinking about how watching a city from the window of a tram is an amazing experience. If in Lisbon, the famous tram n. 28 crossing the Alfama district is one of the most popular touristic attractions, why it cannot be the same here in Milan? Not to mention how nice and interesting can be photographing life from and inside trams! I’m developing a specific project about it…

Here, the tram is crossing Largo Cairoli, moving from Foro Bonaparte to Via Cusani; through the window I can see the Expo Gate and the Sforza Castle in Piazza Castello.

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Vanke Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 (by Daniel Libeskind)

Milan (Italy). I finally had the opportunity of visiting Expo Milano 2015, the Universal Exhibition hosted in Milan from May 1 to October 31, 2015.

Unfortunately, as expected, the queues were too long and it was impossible to visit more than five or six pavilions in a day. The waiting time to see Brasil, Japan or Italy was more than three hours, and I found it very frustrating.

Therefore, I decided to take some photos: I brought my Leica with me and it was a nice exercise. Some pavilions (Russia and Germany, for example) have a terrace which offers a decent view over the exposition area.

Here are some samples: all my photos of Expo are tagged with “Expo Milan 2015” and can be seen clicking here.

Many so called “starchitects” have been involved in the design of pavilions. The red one here is the Vanke pavilion and it has been designed by the famous architect Daniel Libeskind.

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Time to Say Goodbye – La Demolizione dell’Expo Gate

Milan (Italy). Expo Milano 2015 ended exactly one year ago, and the Expo Gate demolition has just begun. This large structure connecting Piazza Castello and Largo Cairoli was built to symbolise an access door to the Expo event and to the many initiatives related to it.

I photographed the Expo Gate several times (for example here, here and here) and all things considered I think it’s enough… it’s time to say goodbye, and to return watching the Sforza Castle without the futuristic frame of the Gate’s Pyramids.


Milano. Expo Milano 2015 è finito da esattamente un anno ed è finalmente in corso la demolizione dell’Expo Gate, la struttura che collega Piazza Castello con Largo Cairoli realizzata con l’intento di rappresentare una porta di accesso all’evento e alle numerose iniziative ad esso correlate.

L’ho fotografata diverse volte (ad esempio qui, qui e qui) e tutto sommato penso che tutto sommato può bastare così… E’ tempo di salutarlo, e di ricominciare a vedere il Castello Sforzesco senza la futuristica cornice delle piramidi di Expo Gate.

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Monaco and Italy Pavilions at Expo Milano 2015

Milan (Italy). I finally had the opportunity of visiting Expo Milano 2015, the Universal Exhibition hosted in Milan from May 1 to October 31, 2015.

Unfortunately, as expected, the queues were too long and it was impossible to visit more than five or six pavilions in a day. The waiting time to see Brasil, Japan or Italy was more than three hours, and I found it very frustrating.

Therefore, I decided to take some photos: I brought my Leica with me and it was a nice exercise. Some pavilions (Russia and Germany, for example) have a terrace which offers a decent view over the exposition area.

Here are some samples: all my photos of Expo are tagged with “Expo Milan 2015” and can be seen clicking here.

This image has been taken from the terrace at the Russia Pavilion and shows a landscape with Monaco Pavilion, Italy Pavilion and – on the right – the “Albero della Vita” (Tree of Life).

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