Rome has been ready to host the Universal Exhibition since the 1930s, when an entire neighborhood, EUR, was built to host the 1942 exhibition, which however never saw the light of day due to the Second World War. The Rome project, entitled “People and Territories: Regeneration, Inclusion and Innovation”, competes this year together with Busan (South Korea), Odessa (Ukraine) and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia).
The Expo Roma 2030 site will include three areas: an Expo Village in Tor Vergata around the Vele di Calatrava up to the university campus, a pedestrian axis between the national pavilions and a park with thematic pavilions. A large solar park accessible to the public will produce solar energy thanks to “energy trees”.
Le Vele will represent the main entrance to the exhibition site, the starting point of a route that will connect the Expo to the archaeological sites of the Via Appia and to the other historical buildings and monuments of Rome.
Expo Roma 2030 should generate a value of 50.6 billion euros. Furthermore, 30 million visitors are expected. It is also estimated that the project will create opportunities for 11,000 companies and 300,000 jobs.
The Old Continent and the Italian Capital hope to win the game and thus relaunch the European and Mediterranean values of “sustainability”, “green transition” and “smart cities”.