Our five-yearly pilgrimage to the World Expo started with Hannover in the year 2000. Sited in Milan for 2015, there is no reason why we would give this episode a miss. While Shanghai Expo 2010 was rather disappointing due to uncivilization, we were quite confident that this Italian metropolis and world capital of design, architecture and fashion would not disappoint in the same way.
After spending a few days in Milan and at the Expo, we decided to travel south towards Rome, making stops at the magnificent coast of Cinque Terre and the beautiful city of Florence. The 13-day trip was overdosed with everything from art and design to food and wine. Foster, Libeskind and Herzog at the Expo; Botticelli, da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo at the museums, it was a visual feast of masterpieces that exemplify the finest in civilisation.