Giant zip lines from the Eiffel Tower, wineries under the sea … it takes a lot to surprise us these days when it comes to travel experiences. But the latest news to come out of Italy had us dropping everything to search flights to Bologna at once.
Further cementing their position as the world’s most appealing country, Italy is about to be home to a food theme park. The first of its kind in the world, Turin-based food franchise Eataly, is launching its biggest venture yet, in the form of FICO Eataly World, an Italian food fantasyland.
The 20-acre complex opened its doors on 15 November, and includes over 10,000sqm of gardens, pastures, orchards and feature six rides, 40 workshops and 25 restaurants and food stalls. And, if you’re worried about moving around the expansive theme park, never fear because the famous Italian bike makers, Bianchi, have designed adult-sized tricycles with shopping baskets as the cherry (tomato) on top.
You can expect the pastures to have not one but nine breeds of cows, five different breeds of pigs, goats, sheep as well as rabbits, geese and guinea hens. It’s enough to make Noah and his Ark seems like child’s play.
Workshops will demonstrate the farm-to-fork process, and how wheat is stone-ground into flour before becoming several kinds of pasta, among other things.
Having cost an estimated $106 million, Eataly are anticipating approximately six million tourists will visit Eataly World each year, two million of whom are expected to be foreigners. Admission to Eataly World will be free – proving that the best things in life really are free!
And, if you’re thinking you may never want to leave, the even better news is that there are rumours of a 200-room hotel being built for 2018.
Read the full details at Eataly World. Will you be putting a visit to the Italian food fantasyland on your bucket list?