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


FICO Eataly World aims at becoming the reference venue for the dissemination of knowledge on Italian food and wines, the meeting place for all those who love food and wish to discover its secrets and traditions, on the lookout for information and unique experiences.

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.

Over 2,000 companies represented
Asphalt reduction
farming factories
Jobs created
700 inside the park
Didactic rooms
of didactic itineraries
1st half 2013

The seed

Birth of the idea, initial planning stage and involvement of the territory.

2nd half 2013

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.

From january 2016


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.


Do you want to know when it will open??

We'll keep you posted about news and the park opening.
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FICO is a training ground for a sensorial and educational experience about food and its biodiversity.

We want to re-create a bridge between the new generations, the adults from all over the globe and the food, the agricultural world and its differences. We want to achieve this goal through a real and complete consumer experience by recovering the direct and physical contact with what we eat and with the natural environment in which we live.

Where we are

FICO is located in the current area of the CAAB (Centro Agroalimentare di Bologna).
Via Paolo Canali n°1 – 40127 Bologna

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How to reach us

From the airport

From the Guglielmo Marconi international airport, take the BLQ shuttle to Bologna central railway station. From there, bus no. 35 will take you directly to the gates of FICO Eataly World (CAAB stop).

From the railway station

FICO Eataly World is about 30 minutes by bus (bus line no. 35) from Bologna central railways station. The entrance is located in via Paolo Canali 1 (CAAB stop).

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.

Scopri gli attori di progetto

Oscar Farinetti

"FICO Eataly World will be a place where children and young people from all over the world will understand the immense heritage of Italy, a place which aims to enhance the culture related to food and to generate a sense of pride in the new generation. It will be a place of contrasts but also of collaboration between small and large Italian companies, between new start ups and old traditional businesses. It will be the showroom of the Italian excellence, the showcase for Italy in front of the World."

Tiziana Primori
Managing Director FICO Eataly World

"All over the World, Italy is known as a unique place in terms of food variety, culture, tradition and biodiversity. We will bring into FICO Eataly World the excellence of Italian food and wines and the beauty of the Italian agri-food industry, including the traditional skills of our artisans and the best food industries know how."

Andrea Segrè
President of the Agri-Food Market of Bologna (CAAB)

"FICO Eataly World will be an unbelievable and unique place for food and environmental education, it shall provide children and young people, foreign and Italian, with the chance of getting to know the rich heritage of our country. It will be "FICO" F(abbrica) I(taliana) Co(ntadina) [Italian Farming Factory] a huge didactical farm which represents and enhances the excellence of Italian quality: culture and tradition, history and future, health and environment awareness."

Alessandro Bonfiglioli
General Manager of the Agri-Food Market of Bologna (CAAB)

"FICO Eataly World is an excellent entrepreneurial project with a big international significance. It is not only a project which creates value for all stakeholders but also a tremendous opportunity for our country."

Andrea Cornetti
General Manager of Prelios SGR

"The project FICO has already received the agreement and support of many investors, offering them the opportunity to participate actively in the promotion of the Italian food excellence all over the world. FICO Eataly World is the example of perfect balance between public and private investment, it is a great opportunity for the entire Italian Country."

Virginio Merola
Bologna Municipally Mayor

"The perfect join between private and public stakeholders and resources, a real innovative idea. For the Bologna Municipality FICO Eataly World will be a "second city center" and will enhance our touristic offering. Thanks to this project a big public building will be valued and enriched."
Coop Reno
City of Food


Agri-food market of Bologna (CAAB) is one of the leading wholesale distribution facilities in Italy, its operations are centred around a strategy relying on innovation and sustainability. CAAB comprises the fruit and vegetable market, where 18 wholesalers are active, with 5 cooperatives that group together 290 businesses and 100 farms selling directly. CAAB was the first facility in Europe to receive the ISO 9000 certification and it is still the only that can pride itself of having a product certification: CAAB features a health-hygiene monitoring system that carries out over one hundred thousand chemical and microbiological tests every year. CAAB is powered by the largest roof installed photovoltaic system in Europe, its power totalling 10,500 kWp and the energy production amounting to 11,350,000 kWh/year thanks to 43,750 solar panels over a surface of 100,000 sqm.


It is a group established in 2006 by Oscar Farinetti operating as a distribution and catering chain of typical Italian food products. The Group selects and distributes high quality products supplied by small-medium firms active in the food and wine industry, in order to make them available to a larger bracket of the population. Furthermore, it aims at increasing the demand for quality products by way of educational courses for children, cooking classes, tasting events. Eataly has over twenty points of sale in Italy and across the world.


Coop Alleanza 3.0 was born on January 1, 2016 from the merger of Coop Adriatica, Coop Consumatori Nordest and Coop Estense. The merger of the three leading consumer cooperatives in Coop Alleanza 3.0 is based on the will to meet the needs of the members and to offer them safe and quality products and services at the best price. Coop Allenza 3.0 is the biggest Italian cooperative and one of the largest in Europe, with 2,7 million members, over 400 retail outlet in 12 regions, 22,000 employees. It registered a total turnover of € 5 billions and 2,2 billions of assets.


Prelios SGR was awarded the contract tendered by Centro Agroalimentare di Bologna (CAAB) to establish, develop and manage PAI, the real estate fund reserved to qualified investors. Prelios SGR (90% Prelios S.p.A., 10% Intesa Sanpaolo) is the Estate Asset Management company of the Prelios Group.


City Of Food is a project aimed at the promotion and coordination of initiatives devoted to food; a catalyst of research activities, spaces, experiences, scientific-cultural and commercial events linked to the theme of food, taking place in the metropolitan area of Bologna. City Of Food will cooperate with BolognaWelcome to establish together a schedule of food-related events, directly promoting some or acting as a facilitator. The main distinctive element shall be allowing visitors to experience a proper plunge into the architectural, historical, cultural, local and metropolitan context through the themes of taste, sustainability and food education.


Company privately helded by Eataly Srl, Coop Alleanza 3.0 Soc. Coop. and Coop Reno Scarl. Its goal is to launch, manage and promote the edutainment park FICO Eataly World.

Board of Directors

Honorary president: Oscar Farinetti
President: Francesco Farinetti
CEO: Tiziana Primori
Adviser: Elio Gasperoni
Adviser: Nicola Farinetti
Adviser: Piero Bagnasco
Adviser: Andrea Mascherini

Statutory Auditors

President: Elio Di Odoardo
Paolo Giraudo
Giovanni Bosticco