The happiest place on earth may have just changed locations.
Italy's food theme park, dedicated to educating visitors about the production of Italian foods, is opening on Wednesday.
FICO Eataly World Bologna — of Eataly Italian market fame — will open to the public in a suburb outside of Bologna on November 15. It bills itself as the “world’s largest agri-food park” and aims to teach people about where their food comes from — while putting Italy’s most iconic gastronomy all under one roof.
The 25-acre park will show people how food goes “from farm to fork,” starting with their open air fields and stables. More than 200 animals and 2,000 species of plants will live at the park.
There will also be 45 different on-site restaurants, trattorias and takeaway kiosks, featuring cuisine from across Italy.
Visitors can tour through 40 different food factories to learn how meat, fish, cheese, pasta, oil, beer and sweets are produced. It’s also possible to take part in daily classes and events, like truffle hunting and food photography demos.
“Education is fundamental to the whole thing. But it is also about having fun, eating, shopping,” Oscar Farinetti, the founder of Eataly told Associated Foreign Press.
But of course it’s not a theme park without attractions. There will be six different “rides” dedicated to Eataly’s elements: fire, earth, sea, animals, bottled goods and the future.
Entrance to the park will be free, but visitors will have to pay to take part in the classes or tour the park with a biodiversity guide.
Opening food theme parks? Just another reason why Italy is best in November.