Eataly, the world's largest Italian marketplace which has locations across the globe, is set to open a food theme park in Bologna, Italy—and it's the best news we've heard in a while.
The Fabrica Italiana Contadina or the Italian Farming Factory's (FICO) Eataly World will make its debut on November 15th and will sprawl across 20 acres in one of the most stunning cities in Italy. Sign. Us. Up. While the food fantasy land will be similar to other Eataly marketplaces, it promises to take things to a whole other level.
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The $160 million project will boast 25 restaurants and food stalls, a giant market place for all things Italian—pizza, pasta, wine, you name it—as well as 500 adult-size tricycles with shopping baskets, according to Condé Nast Traveler. And of course, since it is, in fact a theme park, there will be six different food-inspired rides for people to choose from. (Related: Do Amusement Park Rides Count As a Workout?)
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Additionally, the whole park will be powered by 44,000 solar panels, making it Europe's largest solar energy system, according to the FICO Eataly World video. But the best part is that admission will be totally free.
"FICO's eating offers include all the biodiversity of traditional Italian food, from its different varieties and territories to the people involved," according to the company's website. "No request will be left unsatisfied: there is something for everyone, from children to gourmets. Nowhere else in the world you can find the whole Italian traditional food offer in only one place."
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As of right now, 6 million people are expected to visit the attraction every year—2 million of which will travel from across the world. We don't know about you but we're definitely planning on saving up for the trip.
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