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The so-called “Dis­ney­land of Food”, Italy’s first food park, is the largest in the world. FICO (Fab­brica Ital­iana Con­tad­ina) was cu­rated by ar­chi­tect Thomas Bar­toli of Eataly De­sign and opened its doors on Novem­ber 15th. The first bal­ance sheet shows a record turnout, with growth in its fu­ture con­sid­er­ing that about 6 mil­lion guests are ex­pected an­nu­ally, and ap­prox­i­mately 2 mil­lion of which come from abroad. A place for busi­ness and tourism, for the en­hance­ment of Made in Italy and in par­tic­u­lar of healthy food from the Bel Paese, FICO wants to be the big­gest venue in the world to cel­e­brate Ital­ian cui­sine, wine and food bio­di­ver­sity. Pro­mot­ing cul­tural, eco­nomic, so­cial, en­vi­ron­men­tal and food sus­tain­abil­ity pro­grams is one of the ob­jec­tives of the Bologna park, which cov­ers over 10 hectares of land, two of which are ear­marked to hold over 200 an­i­mals in open-air pens and be fit­ted with eight cov­ered shel­ters. FICO will have 40 farm fac­to­ries for the re­spon­si­ble pro­duc­tion of meats, cheeses, pasta, oil, sweets, beer etc. There are also 40 restau­rants, six ed­u­ca­tional class­rooms and six ed­u­ca­tional at­trac­tions for younger peo­ple to have fun and learn. Re­spect for the en­vi­ron­ment ex­tends be­yond the park it­self: eco­log­i­cal buses will con­nect FICO from Bologna’s Cen­tral sta­tion, run­ning reg­u­larly ev­ery 30 min­utes un­til mid­night.


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