You may have been to a theme park where you’ve gorged on food like cotton candy, hot dogs—maybe even a funnel cake. Well, say goodbye to the typical fair-style junk and say hello to FICO Eataly World—a theme park dedicated entirely to your inner foodie.
Eataly, a chain of Italian food emporiums popularized in the U.S. by celebrity chefs Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, has been building a $55 million theme park in Bologna, Italy that will cover 20 acres of land with Italian fare of all kinds. Originally announced in 2014, the park is now slated to open as early as spring 2017.
“FICO Eataly World will be a place for food and environmental education,” the park’s website explains. “It shall provide children and young people from all over Italy with the chance of getting to know the rich heritage of our country, thus becoming an ambassador of the Italian agri-food history and culture. It shall be a place to study and make practical experiences, where to come in contact with every single stage of the production chain.”
Eataly World includes the following as features of the park:
Now referred to as the "Disneyland of food," Eataly’s CEO Oscar Farinetti shared that he hopes the park will attract as many as 6 million guests per year. “We want people from around the world to play with this magical thing, Italian food,” he says.
With a food culture as rich and unrivaled as Italy’s, it’s not hard to anticipate tourists across the world to travel to the park in droves.