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Clear Your November Calendar—Eataly is Opening a Theme Park

As if we needed any further excuse to book a ticket to Italy.

A Brooklyn-based writer and editor, Chelsea's work has appeared in Matador Network, The Huffington Post, the TripAdvisor blog, and more. When not planning her next trip, you'll usually find her drinking way too much iced coffee (always iced—she’s from New England) or bingeing a Netflix original series.

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Last year, oenophiles from every corner of the globe rejoiced as La Cité du Vin—the world’s first wine theme park—opened its doors in Bordeaux. Now, hot on France’s heels, Italy is debuting its own epicure-pleaser. Eataly—the chain Italian marketplace that’s captured the hearts of expat nonnas across the US—is set to unveil the world’s largest agri-food park.

On November 15, the company—which currently has locations in Chicago, NYC, Boston, and more—will cut the ribbon on FICO Eataly World, a 20-acre complex just outside Bologna, Italy’s gastronomic capital.

The operation reportedly cost a cool $106 million to get off the ground, but with pastures, orchards, gardens, 40 workshops (think: farming formaggio, making sorbetto, truffle hunting, etc.), and 25 different restaurants—that’s not super shocking. What is a pleasant surprise? Admission is free and guests—more than six million are anticipated annually—are welcome to explore the grounds on specially-made, adult-sized tricycles from Italian bike maker Bianchi. 

PS: if traveling halfway around the world just to see the latest (*and greatest*) Eataly outpost is giving you pause, wait a little and you can make a whole trip of it. FICO Eataly World is slated to get its own 200-room hotel next year. 

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