The lights go off on Expo. After six months of Universal Exhibition, Milan can draw a balance of what has been, under all aspects, a hug event of great success. Whilst awaiting the final data - it is said that about 21 million tickets sold - infinite visitors was able of discovering the world in a gigantic area of 1.1 million metres squared, with over 140 Countries and International Organisations involved
For its last day, Saturday 31st October, the turnstiles were closed at 5 p.m.; one hour after the conclusive ceremony began, and was transmitted direct real time on Rai Uno, the national station, in the presence of the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella and the Commissioner of the United Nations Eduardo Rojas Briales. Great satisfaction for the Commissioner Giuseppe Sala, who obtained a great result, and the Counsillor for Commerce, Production Activities, Tourism, Marketing and Civil Services of Milan Franco D'Alfonso: "Our city showed a touristic appeal much superior to the national average. And this is not just an isolated case, considering that the trend has been going on for four years. The eight million overnight stays registered this year can be confirmed even in 2016. Milan, also, has shown perfect efficiency in handling this very demanding month: for example civil services have hosted about 300,000 people more per day."
Now works for dismantling the Pavilions and special buildings created purposely will begin. What will remain in their place, waiting to re-open in Spring, will be the Tree of Life, Palazzo Italia and Zero Pavilion. Ciao, Expo.