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A gastronomic theme park designed as a celebration of Italy's field-to-fork food culture opens next week with backers aiming to pull in 6 million visitors a year. Dubbed a "Disneyland for foodies" and billed as the biggest venture of its kind in the world, FICO Eataly World is located on the outskirts of Bologna. It is the brainchild of Oscar Farinetti, the entrepreneur behind Eataly, a global network of upmarket Italian food halls that has taken New York and a string of other major cities around the world by storm in recent years.Spread over 10 hectares, the park, which will operate as a conference venue as well as a tourist attraction, will be run by a partnership of Eataly and Italian retail group Coop.A fifth of the park, assembled in what was the city's wholesale fruit and vegetable market, is outdoors, with some 200 animals and 2,000 species of plant life due to be on show.
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