With less than a year to go
Despite the current swirl of scandal and criminal investigations surrounding next year’s Universal Exhibition, entrance tickets are to go on sale as planned from Thursday 15 May.
As well as at the Expo Gate opened last week in Piazza Castello, tickets will be available on the Expo website and at an ever increasing number of other outlets such as travel agents, who are signing up as authorised agents.
The nominal price for a single, adult entry is €39, which some potential visitors might find expensive. But behind that figure lie a number of options for saving, so that the average price for a canny visitor is calculated to be around as little as €22.
For a start, kids under 4 will enter free. Then there will be reductions for seniors and students. School groups will also qualify for individual tickets as low as €10. Other money-saving formulas include family packets and midweek tickets, offered with a discount to reduce overcrowding on weekends. Lower prices will also apply to multiple-entry subscriptions and for Expo by Night tickets for night-owls. Expo entrance is also expected to be added to the tourist cards for entry to all the city museums.
The target set by Expo organisers is to sell at least 24 million tickets, of which four million in advance this year, for a total turnover of €456 million, most of which from foreign tourists.
Photo Filippo Romano