“Do you feel fico?” say the signs at the doorway to FICO Eataly World. The acronym stands for Fabbrica Italiana Contadina, or Italian Agricultural Factory. But “fico” is also Italian slang for “cool.” And the world’s first foodie theme park—scheduled to open November 15 on the outskirts of Bologna—certainly lives up to its name. The team behind Eat...

Often neglected on travel itineraries in favour of Italy's more famous hotspots, Bologna nevertheless has plenty to offer tourists, from food to art to hidden secrets. Here are nine reasons you should visit at least once in your lifetime. 1. The food - Bologna is known as 'la dotta, la rossa e la grassa' - that's 'the educated' in a nod to its univ...

If your idea of heaven is wandering around 20 acres of food stalls, demonstrations and workshops, then crack out the elastic-waisted trousers because a theme park entirely dedicated to food is opening. The Fabrica Italiana Contadina or the Italian Farming Factory's (FICO) Eataly World is opening November 5, 2017, in Bologna, Italy, and we cannot ge...

Just nine months after the inauguration of their plant in Crespellano—a €500 million investment with 600 new jobs, making it the largest facility that produces tobacco sticks for low-risk IQOS ‘cigarettes’ in the world—Philip Morris has announced that it will double down on its Bologna-based factory: another €500 million and up to 600 further hirin...

I'm standing at a large wooden barrel in front of a rustic outdoor bar with a huge platter of cured meat and cheese balanced on top of it. As slice after slice of the finest Parma ham melts like butter in my mouth, I’m enveloped by the buzz coming from so many others doing the same thing under the welcoming heaters. After cleansing the intense flav...

When we think of where all roads lead, we might think of Rome. There are, of course, any number of other outstanding città in Italy and one of those is Bologna, a city whose origins began, in part, as an Etruscan city. This would be why, on May 25, the San Francisco Istituto Italiano di Cultura hosted, in conjunction with the Municipality of Bologn...

Bologna, the capital of Italy's northern Emilia Romagna region, has three curious nicknames: the red, the fat, and the learned. Contributor Dina Caruso explores the story behind each one. Bologna, the capital city of Italy's northern Emilia Romagna, often doesn't make it onto tourist itineraries, but after a year studying here, I can't imagine livi...

Massimo Maracci, Director of Cultura Italiana, Italian Language School of Bologna, Italy, will lead a conversation with Mary Tolano-Noyes, author of the book Bologna Reflections: An Uncommon Guide, about the developmental elements of the Etruscan city and its influence on the Roman and Medieval city. The event will be followed by wine and refreshme...

For travelers to Bologna, it’s understandable to confuse mortadella with its counterpart in the United States: bologna. It’s not clear how the mortadella that was eaten by Italian-American immigrants turned into American bologna. Obviously, there’s the connection that mortadella was from the city of Bologna. What’s not clear is what bologna became...

When you think of Italy, famous cities like Rome, Venice and Florence definitely come to mind. And while these are home to wonderful landmarks such as the Trevi Fountain, St. Mark’s Basilica and the Statue of David, they are also some of the biggest tourist traps in the country. Of course visiting them should be on your travel bucket list, but if y...