More details have emerged about the city of Bologna's planned "Fico Eataly World," a massive food-centric theme park and marketplace to be run by the gourmet Italian chain. Earlier this year The Wall Street Journal reported that the project, which is scheduled to open November 1, 2015, is expected to cost $54.9 million dollars.
New information has been trickling out about what the park will feature, most notably 5 animal breeding farms (given this, it seems like a pretty safe assumption that there will be some butchery on-site), 2 aquariums, 44 food and wine labs, 20 Italian-focused restaurants and massive gardens and fruit orchards. Star chef Massimo Bottura is involved, so you can be sure the park will include at least a few destination-worthy restaurants. According to a recent press release, the entire venture will be "roughly the size of Buckingham Palace." If an Italian pilgrimage isn't in your future, don't despair—Mario Batali recently confirmed that Eataly will open a third stateside location in Los Angeles in early 2017.