Milan and Italy welcome the world
The mere numbers of the Italian
Pavilion witness its success: 266 high ranking Italian and foreign dignitaries
visited Palazzo Italia; over 2 million people saw the “House of Italian
Identity” exhibition; over 14 million people watched the Tree of Life shows and
the Italian excellences of the Cardo.
The Italy Pavilion, through “Vivaio
Scuola”, or School Nursery, contributed greatly to making this Expo a key
educational moment in our country’s history. Over the 184 days of the event,
Palazzo Italia welcomed 15 thousand students, 2 thousand teachers and 700
schools, part of which were international. This incredible amount of work will
all become part of an e-book to be sent to all Italian educational
The events at the Italy Pavilion
were another record setting feature.
Over 4,000 meetings and conferences
were organised during the six months of the Expo. The events touched on nearly
every aspect of food and sustainability, forming a basis for reflection about
the future development of the planet.
Perhaps the most notable, especially
on the scientific front, was “Vivaio Ricerca”, or Research Nursery, a schedule
of 47 events run by the Italy Pavilion in collaboration with the National
Research Council (CNR) and the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI).
The Italy Pavilion was able to
create an innovative and efficient model for business opportunities that took
place over these 6 months: 16,000 B2B meetings, 50 business forums, 400
industry specific round table discussions in collaboration with the Milan
Chamber of Commerce, and over 2,750 Italian and foreign companies enrolled in
the Expo Business Matching (EBM) platform, created to encourage business
relations with other countries.