Explore Fico Eataly World: the world’s largest agri-food park
FICO Eataly World is the biggest Italian Food theme park celebrating the excellence of Italian food: a place to enjoy the wonders of Italian cuisine and wines. FICO in Italian means Fabbrica Italiana Contadina (i.e. Italian farm factory) and it counts more than 150 Italian brands, from North to South, of every kind and size.
In just one place you can learn about the culture, traditions, and craftsmanship that make Italian food the most famous in the world.
Inside you will find 2 hectares of fields and open air barns with 200 between cattle and other animals; 8 covered hectares with 40 firms producing live all the most famous Italian products; 9.000 square meters of shops and market, areas devoted to sport, children, reading and services; 6 educational rooms and 6 themed carousels about fire, ground, sea, animals, wine and future.
You just have to explore the crops and visit the animals, learn how to make handmade pasta in one of the many cooking classes available, see first-hand how local products are made, or simply stroll around the 45 trattorias, restaurants and street food kiosks tasting the best traditional Italian recipes!
Inside the park you can walk, rent a bike and cycle or pick a special wheel train to move from an area to the others. You can shop Italian products and send your goods directly worldwide at the Post office inside the park.
From Bologna city centre: FICObus – runs from the train station every 30 minutes on weekdays from 9.30 am to around 11 pm, stopping at Piazza Malpighi and Via Rizzoli along the way (on weekends it doesn’t enter the city centre). The fare is one-way/return €5/7.
Via Paolo Canali 8 – Bologna
From Monday to Friday: 10.00 – 23.00Saturday: 10.00 – 00.00Sunday: 10.00 – 23.00
For more information: website
Bologna Hotels – Where to Stay
Best luxury hotel: Grand Hotel Majestic già Baglioni 5*
Best for historic charm
The Majestic gia’ Baglioni is located in the heart of Bologna, just 250 m from Piazza Maggiore and the famous Two Towers and next to Palazzo Fava. Located within an 18th-century palace, Grand Hotel Majestic gia’ Baglioni offers elegant surroundings and antique furnishings in the centre of Bologna.
Rooms from €390/night
Best mid-range hotel: Nh Bologna de la Gare 4*
Just 300 m from Bologna Central Train Station, this NH hotel located in Bologna’s shopping district and features free Wi-Fi. It offers an international buffet breakfast and large rooms with a minibar and satellite TV. Rooms at the NH Bologna De La Gare come with classic or modern décor, and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and toiletries.
Rooms from €130/night
Best budget hotel: Suite Hotel Elite 4*
Bologna’s Suite Elite is a design 4-star hotel located a 15-minute walk from Piazza Maggiore. Rooms and apartments come with free WiFi. A generous, continental buffet is available daily in the Sala Fellini breakfast room, with hot drinks made at the bar. During summer guests can enjoy their breakfast on the Dolce Vita terrace.
Rooms from €69/night
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