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2 years after Expo, Italy Pavilion to reopen with new exhibits

The Italy Pavilion, one of the most popular venues during the World Expo 2010, will reopen to visitors next Saturday with new exhibits. Admission tickets will cost 60 yuan (US$9.5) each.

The 6,000-square-meter pavilion, one of the largest at the Expo, is among the Saudi Arabia Pavilion, France Pavilion, Spain Pavilion and Russia Pavilion given to China by their governments. They will remain permanently in Shanghai.

Renamed the Shanghai Italy Center, the pavilion will display Italian art, cuisine and other famous products. It was redesigned to hold permanent exhibitions and serve as a platform for economic and cultural exchanges between the two countries, the pavilion operator said.

Its first and second floors will feature Italian handicrafts, art works, food culture, and jewelry. A replica of David, a masterpiece created by Italian Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo, and a design draft by Leonardo da Vinci will be the main attractions in the pavilion.

There is also a 900-square-meter exhibition hall for Ferrari racing cars.

The pavilion received 7.3 million visitors during the six-month Expo 2010. Many people waited for hours to see its exhibit.

The Luxemburg Pavilion next to the Italy Pavilion will become a training center for Istituto Marangoni, a famous Italian fashion design academy, and will offer open classes to the public.

The Shanghai Italy Center will be open from 9am to 5pm every day except Monday. Visitors can buy tickets at the ticket office for the Saudi Arabia Pavilion which also costs 60 yuan to visit. For more information, please dial 400-821-3588.


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