The Disneyland of Food Is About to Open in Italy — And It's Free!

The Disneyland of Food Is About to Open in Italy — And It's Free!

How much pasta is too much?

By Tamara Palmer

If you're planning a trip to Europe this winter, consider adding Bologna, Italy to the itinerary. Already a food lover's paradise, come November 15, Bologna will be the home of FICO Eataly World, the Italian food theme park of your dreams.

If you've ever been to an Eataly in the U.S. (brought to you by chef Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich) or abroad, you know what fun it is to roam a huge marketplace full of Italian goodies and restaurants. FICO Eataly World, which has been in development for years, is basically that concept on steroids. But it rages into even more immersive territory, sprawling over a 20-acre property that owners have dubbed an "agri-food park." 

Inside, there are 40 restaurants and food kiosks to try. And then there's the actual agricultural land outside — imagine being able to ride a bike around to learn and shop from farmers growing and producing more than 2,000 items in 40 farming stations. Educational rides and classes will help develop the foodies of the future.

Admission is free, but if FICO Eataly World is at all like its smaller predecessors, watch out! There will be impulse buys aplenty.

Photo: eatalyworld/Twitter

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