It’s birthplace of legends like Sofia Loren, Vespas and spaghetti.
Everyone who visits the molto bene homeland does so with a certain purpose in mind, and that’s to eat.
Considering visiting when on a low-carb diet? Forgeddaboutit.
The country knows how much you enjoy their pizzas, pastas and gelato, and so they’ve cooked up an entire theme park dedicated entirely to eating.
It’s aptly named Eataly World and shut up and take my euro.
Eataly World is an enormous, 100,000-square-metre wonderland located in Bologna that’s set to become “the world’s largest agri-food park” when it opens this November.
Costing $106 million bucks to create, the park will feature 24 acres of open-air fields and stables, 40 food factories to understand how food—such as meat, fish, pasta, cheese, oil, sweets and beer—is processed, and up to 30 events and 50 classes that patrons can partake in daily.
Eataly World will also boast shops and marketplaces, 6 educational rides, themed after fire, earth, sea, animals, bottled goods.
There’s even gonna be a bar dedicated entirely to parmesan cheese.
Check out the artist renders of the culinary paradise here:
It’ll also house a whopping 40 traditional Italian restaurants, including starred establishments, trattorias, bistros and street-food kiosks.
I am salivating harder than Pavlov‘s dogs.
“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.”
As if the deal couldn’t get sweeter, entry to the theme park is free. It’s slated to open on Nov 17.
Has this story got you salivating for a hearty dish of ragù alla bolognese under the Tuscan sun? Contiki have a whole trip dedicated (pretty much) entirely to eating. It’s called Munch and it’ll take you through Europe’s most delicious capitals. Barcelona, Nice, Florence and Milan are all on the menu. Wrap your saucy mitts around the trip here.
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