Visitors to Eataly New York can now get an up-close view of one of Italy’s most famous and beloved churches: the Duomo of Milan.
Eataly New York is in fact hosting an exhibition, "Eataly per Duomo," which features a curated collection of historically significant pieces from the Duomo, including the statue of Santa Lucia, an image of the Holy Virgin, and an assortment of architecturally unique gargoyles.
The exhibit is a celebration of Expo 2015, which will be hosted by the Duomo's birth city, Milan. Located in the vestibule just past La Piazza, the exhibit is free and open to the public through May 2015.
“We, as Italians, all have a duty to preserve the legacy of our past by sharing it with the world,” said Eataly founder Oscar Farinetti. “This is our chance to ensure that one of the most acclaimed artistic remains will exist for our future generations. Culture, food, and art are our greatest resources to make this happen.”
Eataly has partnered with the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano, the institution founded in 1387 to build and preserve the Duomo, to establish a fundraising organization, International Patrons of Duomo di Milano Inc., in order to raise money for the restoration of the monument by May 1, 2015, the day the Expo begins, through the campaign, “Do You Duomo?”
Eataly New York is also an official ticket vendor for Expo Milan 2015. More than 20 million visitors are expected during the event’s six-month run.
"Eataly has been able to bring the best of the Italian food tradition to America and we are delighted that it has decided to celebrate the city of Milan with this amazing exhibition. We are also very pleased that Eataly, which will have its own space at Expo, is our Official Ticket Reseller," said Piero Galli, General Manager, Event Management Division of Expo 2015. "We are honored to be within one of the main attractions of New York and we strongly believe that this space will have a key role in promoting Expo Milano 2015 both among Americans and the Italian community that resides in the Big Apple."