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Expo Italy Pavilion to reopen

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$9.50) each, the pavilion's operator said yesterday.

Italy gave the 6,000-square-meter pavilion, one of the largest at the Expo, to China, joining the governments of Saudi Arabia, France, Spain and Russia in giving away their pavilions. They will remain permanently in Shanghai.

Renamed the Shanghai Italian 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, said Stefano Karadjov, executive exhibition producer with the Triennal di Milano, who is in charge of the design of the new exhibition.

Its first and second floors will feature Italian handicrafts, art works, food culture, and jewelry. A replica of the David, a masterpiece statue created by Italian Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo, and some design drafts 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, most of whom waited for hours to get inside. The Italy Pavilion will be open from 9am to 5pm every day except Monday.


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