Fabbrica Italiana Contadina (FICO) Eataly World will be a culinary destination in Bologna, Italy for Italian cuisine and agriculture that is slated to open in 2017.
FICO Eataly World will be one of the largest exhibitions of food, covering 20 acres with 25 on-site restaurants, markets, education centers, farms, livestock, and more, according to a press release.
The Italian culinary exhibition will speak to the importance of the origin of its produce, with the idea that there is history behind every piece of food. Visitors will be able to truly educate themselves on the art of Italian agriculture with 10 classrooms, two miles of educational pathways, and six multimedia areas that describe the main products and findings in the agribusiness world.
“Our vision for FICO Eataly World is an immense and joyous place where everyone can discover Italy’s great heritage,” Tiziana Primori, the CEO of FICO Eataly World, said in a press release. “It’s a real agricultural, culinary, and educational park that aims to further connect the world through food from the various regions of Italy.”
In addition to learning the history of Italian food and traditions, visitors will also be able to gather information from the FICO Foundation for Education and Food Sustainability to further understand the importance of avoiding food waste.
Some key partners in the creation of the project include Mayor Virgnio Merola of Bologna, Gov. Stefano Bonaccini of Emilia-Romagna, and Eataly founder Oscar Farinetti.