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Italy Pavilion set to reopen next March

THE Italy Pavilion, one of the most popular venues at the World Expo 2010, will open to the public starting next March with new exhibitions featuring Italian art works and products of famous brands.

The price of entrance tickets has yet to be decided.

Shanghai Vice Mayor Yang Xiong yesterday announced the post-Expo pavilion together with Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini in the China Pavilion in Pudong.

The 6,000-square-meter pavilion, one of the largest at the Expo, was presented to China along with the Saudi Arabia, France, Spain and Russia pavilions by the countries early this year. The pavilions will remain in Shanghai permanently.

"The pavilion will be redesigned to be suitable for permanent exhibitions and be a platform for cultural and economic exchanges between China and Italy," said Davide Rampello, designer of the pavilion.

The first and second floors will house exhibitions open to the public. The third floor will be for commercial activities between Chinese and Italian companies. The top floor will hold a rooftop restaurant featuring Italian food, said Rampello.

Highlight exhibits in the new pavilion include a replica of the David, a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created between 1501 and 1504 by the Italian artist Michelangelo.

An exhibition hall for Ferrari racing cars will also be built in the pavilion.

Some popular exhibits at the Expo including high-fashion clothing and accessories on the wall and a symphony orchestra wall will be retained.

The pavilion received 7.3 million visitors during the six-month Expo, with hours-long waits being typical.


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