FICO Eataly World opened it’s doors to the public earlier this week (November 15th). The food orientated theme park has been described as a Disneyland for food lovers. Eataly has almost 30 franchises worldwide, everywhere from Japan to Italy but Eataly World is by far their largest venture to date with the parks construction costs reaching a total of €140 million.
Based in Northern Italy’s beautiful city of Bologna, Eataly World is expected to attract over six million visitors every year. There are huge orchards, gardens and pastures and 40 different food-related workshops. The theme park intends to showcase Italian food and will feature 25 restaurants and food stalls where you can try a wide variety of pizzas, pasta and other classic Italian dishes.
There are also six theme park rides and 500 adult-sized tricycles so that when you’re too full to walk, you can cycle around the park’s 20-acre complex.
The venture is a result of a collaboration between Fabbrica Italiana Contadina (aka the Italian Farming Factory) and Virginio Merola, Bologna’s mayor and Oscar Farinetti, the man behind the Eataly food hall franchise. It took a total of four years to complete, over 150 different Italian organisations are involved in the project. It aims to increase tourism and create a buzz around Italian cuisine which will hopefully lead to more Italian produce being exported. There are other benefits too, the theme park will likely boost tourism in the area while generating over 3,000 jobs.
Admission to FICO Eataly World is free and the park is open 7 days a week from 10.00am until 12.00pm.