Last month the lovely team at Friend of Glass invited me to Milan to visit their stand at Expo 2015.
As we were only in Milan for two days we wanted to make the most of what the city had to offer. After an very early morning flight we arrived at our hotel hungry and tired.
Keen to explore the city to track down some food, we headed off to the Piazza del Duomo. It is named after, and dominated by, the Milan Cathedral. The piazza marks the centre of the city, both in a geographic sense and because of its importance from an artistic, cultural, and social point of view.
It is by far the biggest tourist attraction of the city, with hundreds of people flooding through its entrances to view the spectacular glass dome and beautifully tiled floors.
As the Piazza was pretty crowded we headed back towards our hotel in search of Italian comfort food. Down a back road (which surprisingly had trams running down it) we found a small cafe that served fresh pasta. We ordered a traditional spaghetti carbonara and then treated ourselves to gelato - probably the best ice cream I have ever tasted.
We then retired to our rooms for a few hours sleep before heading off the the Milan Expo.
I had imagined the Expo to be similar to trade shows in London help at venues such as ExCel - boy was I wrong! After a short train ride from the hotel we arrived at the venue which is over one million square meters.
The event showcase the best of technology from over 140 countries that offers a concrete answer to a vital need: being able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the planet and its equilibrium.
At the centre of the Expo was 'The Tree of Life', an interactive centre point scaling 37 meters high. The weaving that covers the work represents the country reaching for the future and innovation whilst maintaining strong roots in the Renaissance.
The next morning we visited the Duomo (you can read more about that here) and then headed off in a taxi to the most rustic, amazing restaurant on the boarders of the city (which I wrote a post about here).
My time in Milan was short but extremely sweet. The architecture of the city was magnificent, and the streets were so spotlessly clean. I felt completely safe and thoroughly enjoyed the food throughout my stay, inspiring me to explore more of Italy and discover more gelato flavours.