Five years after Shanghai hosted one of the most successful World Expos, it’s Italy’s turn to host the six-month extravaganza. The food-based-fair, which opened last Friday, will revolve around the “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” theme, with 145 countries from around the world showcasing their efforts to create sustainable food sources.
Previous world fairs have bought us iconic products such as tomato ketchup as well as world-famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower.
Italy, like many other countries that have hosted the event, hopes it will provide a much-needed boost to its economy. However, the run-up to the Expo has been far from plain-sailing for the nation, plagued with scandal, corruption, and financial obstacles.
The skyline of Porta Nuova's district is seen in Milan, northern Italy March 5, 2015.
Singers Diana Damrau and Andrea Bocelli perform during the Opening Event Expo 2015 at Piazza Duomo on April 30, 2015 in Milan, Italy.
Protesters march during a rally against Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy, April 30, 2015.
A protester holds a placard during a rally against Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy, April 30, 2015.
A worker is pictured at the China pavilion at the Expo 2015 work site near Milan April 3, 2015.
Source: Italy 24
Protesters hold a banner reading 'No Expo' during a rally against Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy, April 30, 2015.
An Italian riot policeman gestures during a rally against Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy, April 30, 2015.
Italy's Culture Minister Dario Franceschini (R) stands next to Commissioner of Expo 2015 Giuseppe Sala
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