Scheduled for a 2015 opening, the new Eataly theme park of Bologna is garnering worldwide attention, although probably most people in the States are more interested in when Eataly will be opening a mega-store near them.
But interesting for Italolphiles and people planning trips to Italy.
(I better add: this post is not a joke for those who might be wondering! It's a real project.)
I fear it might drive a lot of traditional, historic vendors out of business in that area, or fundamentally change their character as they try to compete to survive. I can't help but think it will skew visitor perceptions of what has food has meant to that region of Italy. So if you were planning to go that area for understanding its food culture, you might want to hurry. If they stick to the schedule, it could all be different very quickly.
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