Expo Milano 2015 has officially opened its doors to the twenty million visitors that are expected to come over the next six months. The official opening ceremony took place in the Open Air Theater, the large open space that will host concerts and official meetings until October 31, 2015.
The ceremony, hosted by Claudia Gerini and Marco Maccarini, began with one minute’s silence to commemorate the loss of life caused by the recent earthquake in Nepal (donate one euro with an SMS message to 45591 or two euro by calling the same number from a landline). First to take to the stage was Ambassadors for Expo Milano 2015, Javier Zanetti, Martina Colombari, and Massimo Bottura.
anthem that concludes with the unusual, but auspicious words: "We are ready for life."
Matteo Renzi: "Today Italy has awakened"
The ceremony that officially marked the start of Expo Milano 2015 ended with an address by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi , "Italy has awakened, we are ready for life," stated the premier, referring back to the last line of the Italian national anthem. "I would like to welcome everyone, and say thank you to all the workers," said Renzi.
"Today, the future of a country with an extraordinary past begins, but also one that has a future that now embraces the world. Let’s show that Italy is proud of its roots, but also that our future is being written right now. Politics can no longer just take care of insiders. Let us make sure the Universal Exhibition in Milan is a place for discussion and solutions."
In the acknowledgments made by the Prime Minister, Renzi recalled Letizia Moratti, the previous Mayor of Milan who, "first had the idea that Expo Milano 2015 could be a great opportunity for Italy". The celebrations ended with Premier Renzi signing the Milan Charter, with the Frecce Tricolori, the Italian Air Force’s aerobatic team performing a fly-past over the Exhibition site at the end of his speech.