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Fico Italy: a Look at the New Disneyland of Food

Fico Italy: a Look at the New Disneyland of Food
From Fine Dining Lovers - November 13, 2017

When talking about the monumental work behind erectingFICO Eataly World it's impossible not to start with the numbers.

100,000 square meters (approx 24 football pitches), of which 20,000 square metres are fields and stables (housing200 animals and 2000 plant cultivars) and 80,000 commercial areas that boast45 dining venues,six classrooms, a cinema, a theatre and a thousand-seat congress centre.

The "Disneyland of Food,"as it has already been dubbed, will open to the public on 15November, located near Bologna in northern Italy. FDL was fortunate enough to have a sneak preview ahead of the official public opening, and get a first-hand view of one ofOscar Farinetti, of Eataly fame'smost ambitious projects yet.

This new immense food centre is aDisneyland with a difference. TheItalian Factory COntadina (FICO)was not born purely to entertain, but also to educate:30 events and 50 courses (from food photography to gardening) are scheduled to take place daily, with great emphasis on the six different themes, from the relationship between man, fire and animals to the history of wine and the future of agri-food. "We want to talk about how to cultivate, produce and taste Italian food," says the Mayor of Bologna. Among the many educative tools on offer visitors will also discover how to make favourites like beer, bread, cheese and chocolate during their explorative journey.

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