Forget Disney World — the upcoming “Eataly World” is a massive Italian food-themed park, and it looks just as amazing as it sounds.
The park is scheduled to open this November in Bologna, Italy, with over three dozen restaurants, a gigantic market, and a variety of “multimedia experiences” based on food, farming, and craft. In short, Eataly World looks like a new must-visit spot for Italian food lovers trekking through Emilia-Romagna.
Here’s everything we know about the world’s first Italian food theme park.
When Eataly World opens on November 15, entry will be free. That’s not just an opening deal — admission is always free to Eataly World.
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The focus of places like Disney World and Six Flags is rides. You pay an entrance fee, and that enables you to go to Space Mountain (or whatever).
Eataly World, however, is focused on all aspects of Italian food: growing, harvesting, processing, and craft. Much of the park’s 20 acres are dedicated to farms and factories that you can visit, enabling you to see directly how Parmigiano-Reggiano is made, or how your favorite olive oil is pressed.
Here’s how the park’s ethos is described on the official site:
“At Eataly, each forkful of pasta has a story: farmers cultivated grains, millers ground flour, pastai (pasta makers) shaped dough, distributors delivered it to Eataly, and our chefs cooked the pasta to perfection and paired it with seasonal sauce…