The Italian excellence
from field to fork.
In a unique place:
- The culture of high quality food
- The beauty of biodiversity of the Italian agri-food business
- The expertise and knowledge of those who have always worked for the excellence of Italian food and wines
We aim at telling the World about the excellence of Italian food and wines and the beauty of the Italian agri-food industry, combining local tradition, culture of high quality food and the expertise of those who have been working forever in the agri-food chains. All of this under one roof.
This unique place shall have a name, FICO, and a surname, Eataly World. The CAAB in Bologna shall house it.
It'll be a F(abbrica) I(taliana) Co(ntadina) [Italian Farming Factory] a place where values are produced, even before produce and products. It shall be Italian, from the seed to its final shape. And finally farming, meant as hands-on, fully connected to the soil. Because the poetry originates there, precisely, in the uniqueness of our territory and our climate, and in the skilful hands of those who know how to take care, transform and cook, better than anyone else in the world, the production of mother nature.
FICO Eataly World will be a place for food and environmental education, it shall provide children and young people from all over the world with the chance of getting to know the rich heritage of our country, thus becoming an ambassador of the Italian agri-food history and culture. It shall be a place where to study and to make practical experiences, where to come in contact with every single stage of the production chain.
We will welcome hundreds of small and medium-sized, Italian, high quality businesses that will showcase live their manufacturing and crafting arts. We shall be the echo of their tales, crafts, passion, ingenuity.
FICO Eataly World shall be a huge and joyful place, where the wonders of the Italian agri-food industry and its food and wines shall be presented and narrated from their birth inside mother earth to their final destination on a dish and in a glass. It shall be the taste and the beauty of Italy, illustrated to all citizens of the world.
700 inside the park
Birth of the idea, initial planning stage and involvement of the territory.
taking care of the idea
Creation of the real estate fund. Selection of investors. Creation of the PAI fund.
the internal development of the idea
Calls for tenders and awarding of the contracts.
The search for excellences.
Selection of project actors and partners, design of green areas, animal housing, internal productive and retail areas, completion of new CAAB.
Refurbishment of the CAAB building, birth of the workshops and internal spaces. First seedlings planted.
FICO Eataly World opens and offers itself to the world.
Farming and livestock
The zero phase of good Italian food: raw materials and their biodiversity spread over 10.000 sqm.
A large farm whose demo fields and educational breeding farms host the most important varieties of cultivars and native animal breeds.
The crafts of processing. The best Italian firms active in 40 workshops.
The processing of our local, home-grown raw materials and the birth of food and wine products of excellence by the best Masters Craftsmen of our Country. Before your very eyes.
Markets and stores
Discovering, sharing, telling tales. The cultural heritage of the traditional craft stores is revived in the 10,000 sqm that Fabbrica Italiana Contadina devotes to it, together with an organic market.
It'll be an area where to taste, and buy, the products that come to life in the workshops, and where to share the story told by the producer.
From the field to the fork.
Good food in over 25 eateries to choose among theme-based restaurants and street food stalls;
A place where to taste the most typical recipes of the Italian cuisine astride tradition and innovation.
Knowing, learning a craft, having fun: 10 training classrooms devoted to the discovery of agri-food chains.
Walk-through experiences and experiential tours devised to meet the interests of tourists, groups, families and children.
Events and convention centre
A convention centre (4.000 smq) right at the heart of a unique context, featuring the best Italian companies.
A space for corporate events such as conferences, meetings, team building programmes, and multi-purpose spaces to host food-themed meetings.
A new ancient food experience:
have fun, discover, learn, taste.
FICO is a training ground for a sensorial and educational experience about food and its biodiversity.
Where we are
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How to reach us
From the airport
From the railway station
From the motorway
From Florence, Milan and Ancona: exit at "Bologna Fiera" from the A14 motorway. Continue onto Viale Europa, and then Viale Tito Carnacini and Viale Giuseppe Fanin towards Via Paolo Canali..
From Padua: exit the A13 motorway at “Bologna Arcoveggio” and continue onto the Tangenziale (ring road) southbound towards Ancona. Take exit 8bis towards Granarolo dell’Emilia. Finally, take Viale Europa and Viale Giuseppe Fanin towards Via Paolo Canali.
Managing Director FICO Eataly World
President of the Agri-Food Market of Bologna (CAAB)
General Manager of the Agri-Food Market of Bologna (CAAB)
General Manager of Prelios SGR
Bologna Municipally Mayor
CITY OF FOOD
FICO EATALY WORLD
Board of Directors
President: Francesco Farinetti
CEO: Tiziana Primori
Adviser: Elio Gasperoni
Adviser: Nicola Farinetti
Adviser: Piero Bagnasco
Adviser: Andrea Mascherini