In Italy there is a huge variety of museums, among them there are those that are dedicated not to the masterpieces of architecture and art, but to ordinary food products. Food for Italians is not just filling the stomach with food, it is a whole ritual, enjoying the taste, traditions, discovering unique combinations of products that are grown in the country. In museums in Italy devoted to food, you can not only try a certain product, but also find out the history of its occurrence, the secrets of its preparation and even unknown facts about a seemingly familiar product.
National Museum of Pasta
Italy can not be imagined without pasta, therefore, in the center of Rome, the world’s only National Museum of Pasta was opened. In the 11 halls of the museum you can follow the whole process of turning grain into pasta, see how the dough is kneaded and the finished products are dried. Various dough mixing machines are exhibited in the museum – both modern and the very first. Visiting the National Museum of Pasta in Rome, you will learn about the creation of “dry pasta”, which is an important invention due to the ability to store pasta for years, while they do not lose quality and taste. One part of the exhibition is dedicated to celebrities related to pasta.
Address: Piazza Scanderbeg, 117, Rome
Hours: daily except holidays from 9.30 to 17.30
Admission: adult – 10 euros, children – 7 euros. The ticket price includes a tour in English, Italian, Spanish, French, Japanese or German
Museum of Olives
The Italian Museum of Olives is located in northern Liguria, an area that specializes in growing olive trees. In the Museum of Olives you can see an extensive collection of objects related to the history of olive cultivation. In total, the museum consists of 18 halls. The first room is dedicated to the relationship between the olive tree and man – here are exposed ancient decanters and vessels, ancient writings telling about olive oil, the remains of ancient wild olives. Another room will tell about the variety of olive varieties and show the tools used in antiquity for their cultivation. In the museum you can see objects used by our ancestors – vessels made of various materials for storing oil, lamps and lamps, perfume vases, as well as furniture made from olive wood. There are antique mosaics with olives depicted on them, cast-iron, steel presses and hydraulic presses for oil extraction. Tourists are attracted by a copy of the ancient Roman ship with amphora transporting oil – the ship is made in full size. If you visit the museum in the winter, you can take part in obtaining olive oil, its processing and squeezing.
Address: Via Garessio, 13 – 18100 Empire
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday from 9 to 18.30, lunch from 12.30 to 15.00
Admission: adult – 5 euros, children 2.5 euros, family (2 adults + child 6-14 years) – 10 euros
Official website: http://www.museodellolivo.com/ita/imuseo.htm
Parma Ham Museum
The Parma Ham Museum is an ethnographic museum dedicated to the prosciutto of Parma. The museum consists of eight thematic sectors. The first sector will talk about Parma and the traditions of local agriculture from ancient times to the present. In the second sector, there are breeds of pigs raised here for cooking ham, and of course, the main breed is the black Parma pig. In other sectors, you can learn about salt (as an indispensable product in the production of ham), look at various tools of butchers and samples of all types of local meat products, see the prosciutto production process and read the information characterizing Parma ham. The products presented in the museum can be tasted and purchased. Lunch can also be made using traditional wines and typical local products.
Address: Via Bocchialini, 7 Langirano
Opening hours: from March 1 to December 8 on weekends and holidays from 10 to 18, on weekdays visits are possible with the group upon prior request, from December to February – only groups for advance reservations
Admission: full ticket – 4 euros, preferential (groups of more than 15 people, children 6-12 years old, pensioners) – 3 euros, disabled people with accompanying children, children under 6 years old, journalists – free of charge
Tasting cost: adult – 3 euros, children under 12 years old – 2 euros