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Eataly has authentic Italian architecture on display in honor of the Expo Milan 2015. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.

You can get a taste of Italy's food and architecture at a city favorite.

At Eataly, you can experience an appetizer of the upcoming Expo in Milan with actual statues of the Duomo.

Eataly imports a lot of product from Italy and most of the time it is edible. Now though, they’ve brought in the authentic pieces of one of Italy’s most famous churches.

"Let me say, do not get worried, we are going to treat it very carefully and six months from today it will be back in Italy," says Eataly's Nicola Faranetti.

The artifacts from the Duomo are on display in honor of Expo Milano 2015, taking place from May through October of next year.

"We have 150 nations participating. They will be showcase themselves around the theme of food and nutrition," says Piero Galli of Expo Milano 2015.

The Expo is projected to infuse Italian tourism with approximately five billion Euro and create 60,000 jobs. Eataly will be among the exhibitors.

"We are going to have real, real Nona, as we say, from every region of Italy coming into our store—our exhibition—and cook real Italian food for everybody who is going to come," Faranetti says.

Besides grandma's home cooking there will also be celebrity chefs on hand.

"You will be able having the chance to talk to chefs, meet them, understand the way they been cooking their dishes," says Galli.

Eataly is a hub for tickets sales, which are discounted by 20% when you buy before the Expo gates open May 1. Tour operators are also packaging flights, hotels and sightseeing.

"Coming to Milan means seeing the city of design, fashion, lifestyle—so the experience is not just the expo," Galli says.

Over the six-month run, Expo officials expect to host 20 million visitors, among them a million Americans.

As is common practice in the travel industry, Travel With Val often receives complimentary travel or reduced "media" rates at hotels, resorts and attractions, including those that may be featured in these reports. Such consideration is not taken in exchange for any express or implied promise or understanding of any nature, particularly regarding the content of these reports. These reports only feature travel providers personally recommended by Valarie D’Elia in the exercise of her independent editorial judgment, and do not represent the endorsement of Time Warner Cable or any third party.
 
 
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