Pasta lovers, drop everything and pack your bags for an Italian road trip, because Eataly is adding to its food empire — this time with a food-themed park just 30 minutes outside of Bologna.

After a three-year wait (during which we’ve had to eat many a cannoli to ease our impatience), Eataly World is set to open on November 15, and will be the largest complex of its type. If you’ve visited any of the Italian food megastores, you might think you know what to expect, but this “agri-food” park will encompass a whole lot more.

Not just a carb and wine paradise, Eataly World’s 20 acres will feature farms, gardens, orchards and factories, where you can see the entire field to fork process of your favourite Italian dish. See the seeds planted in fields before watching how wheat becomes flour, then spaghetti, and finish off with a big bowl of the end product in one of the parks 40 restaurants, trattorias and street-food carts.

As you roam the park on your three-wheeled bicycle, complete with a handy shopping basket (what else would you use to get around an Italian theme park?), you can stop off for truffle hunting, cooking lessons and educational rides. Or, if you over-indulged at the chocolate fountain, you can work it off at the tennis or beach volleyball courts. Prefer to drink your guilt away? There’s a negroni bar for that too.

Of course, there’ll be plenty of Italian foodstuffs to buy and take home too, including basically every cheese the Italians have ever made, and with free entry to the park, you’ll have more euros to drop in the 9,000-square-metre mercato (so pack light – you’ll need the space).

Find out more about Eataly World here.

 

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