The theme of Eataly World? Food. How amazing. Our mouths are already watering.
About 100 million Euros are being invested into building this massive park in central Italy and the entire goal is to let you experience Italian food at its finest. How thoughtful of them.
FICO stands for Fabbricca Italiana Contadina which is basically an Italian Farming Factory.
Think of it as a glorified Disney, farmer’s market, cooking class, and bike ride tour poured into a bowl, whisked, and mixed up into one experience. Yum!
Instead of overly priced chicken fingers, you get homemade pasta with truffle sauce.
Instead of characters walking around dressed up, you get actual farmers and chefs walking around to educate you.
Instead of leg pain from walking around for hours, you get a bike to cover the property with speediness.
Did I mention it’s free? Entrance to the park is free. You only pay for the food you order. Disney World charges around $100 entrance and triple the price for the food you get within the park. So this deal sounds pretty sweet to us.
Bologna, Italy is in northern Italy near the super car city of Maranello (home of Ferrari). We visited Bologna because Zach is the king of supercars so we experienced it first hand. Including driving a Ferrari around the Italian countryside...no big deal. If you're going with a guy, get him some Ferrari gear before you go to fit in. Back to food though. We had some of our favorite spaghetti bolognese here. The town is much less tourist-y than others like Florence, Venice, etc. So it is a wonderful place to immerse yourself in the culture and pretend you’re Italian for a few days.
Our recommendation: Rent a car, head to Eataly, and eat your heart out!
Eataly Park Address: VIA PAOLO CANALI N°8 – 40127 BOLOGNA
This 20-acre park plans to be the first Italian foodie theme park ever and they’re going big! To make it easier to get around the property they will offer adult tricycles that have shopping baskets on the front. You can ride through the sweet orchards, pass the picturesque farmland, and see the cute farm animals! There will be lots of cows, pigs, goats, sheep, and more!
There will be 6 rides in the park that are virtual reality experiences- not physical rides like rollercoasters (which is probably smart because who wants to eat a ton of food and them do flips on a ride after? Barf). The lessons are foodie learning experiences.
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Now to the GOOD part. There will be 40 workshops you can stop at to learn about ingredients, get cooking lessons, and see how certain foods, like cheese, are made. These are spread out among their 6 multimedia areas: fire, animals, earth, sea, bottle, and future. Discover the secrets of Italian food production chains as told by their farmers, masters, and food experts.
There will also be 25 restaurants (trattorias) and 3 bars ranging from sit down style to quick kiosks. Imagine all the best restaurants from around Italy plucked up from the ground, flown to Bologna, and dropped off right here in Eataly. Lucky you.
Foods you can expect to see here include prosciutto, parmigiano cheese, milk, bread, pasta, sauce, truffle, olive oil, and chocolate. Don’t forget the beer and wine!
Want to do some grocery shopping? Checkout their 9,000 square meter farmer’s market for the freshest food around to take home and whip up using the new recipes and techniques you learned from Eataly. Or pick up the Eataly cookbook for some ideas to whip up at home.
Later in 2018, Eataly plans to build a 200 room hotel on the property. Are you thinking what we’re thinking? Get food drunk and pass out, then cure your hangover with more food. Genius.
While in Italy, be sure to stop in two of our favorite neighboring areas: Tuscany and Venice. And if you want to checkout another European theme park, there's always Efteling Theme Park in the Netherlands!
Photo credit for all Eataly photos in this post: Eater