In Italy you can surely eat delicious food but you can also learn a lot about it by visiting some Italian food museums.
In Italy there are many different Italian food museums that are worth a visit. In this article, I’ll talk about six Italian food museums that you can visit if you are in Emilia-Romagna.
Surely we have a museum about one of the most famous and loved Italian food: pasta.
The museum of Pasta is in Collecchio a small town near Parma.
It’s divided into different sections.
The first section is dedicated to wheat. It gives you information about its features and its cultivation.
The second section is about wheat grinding and all the different types of mills.
The third and the fourth sections are dedicated to bread and to the preparation of pasta respectively.
After this you’ll learn all the phases of the industrial preparation of pasta, you’ll learn about the role of pasta in the Italian culture and you’ll learn the importance of a good diet.
For information about opening hours and prices, please visit the official website of Pasta museum.
Among the Italian food museums you can find in Emilia-Romagna there is also the tomato museum. It’s placed in Collecchio, right near the pasta museum.
In it you can learn the history of tomato, you can learn about its cultivation, about the industrial tomato sauce production, about some old and modern recipes, and about the role and the importance of tomatoes in literature, cinema, art, etc.
For information about opening hours and prices, please visit the official website of Tomato museum.
Another interesting museum you can visit is the wine museum in Sala Baganza, near Parma.
Also this museum is divided into many different sections.
The first section is completely dedicated to the archeology of wine in the area of Parma.
The second section is about the features of grapevine and viticulture.
The third section introduces you to grape harvest and wine production.
The fourth and the fifth section give you information about the role of wine in history and in art, and about the history of all the different wine containers respectively.
For information about opening hours and prices, please visit the official website of Wine museum.
FELINO SALAMI MUSEUM
Another Italian food museum you can visit is the salami museum. It’s located in the town of Felino, in Emilia-Romagna.
The tour begins with the history of Felino salami and continues showing you how this delicious salami is used when cooking.
You can also learn about both the home and industrial production of Felino salami.
For information about opening hours and prices, please visit the official website of Felino salami museum.
PARMIGIANO REGGIANO MUSEUM
One of the most famous Italian food museums is surely the Parmigiano Reggiano museum, in Soragna.
Also this museum is divided in different sections.
There is a section completely dedicated to the features of Parmigiano Reggiano, and to its nutritional properties.
Another section focuses on the production of Parmigiano Reggiano. You’ll learn about milking, cheese aging, etc.
There is also a section about the history of Parmigiano Reggiano, and about the role and the importance of Parmigiano Reggiano in Italian culture and Italian cooking.
For information about opening hours and prices, please visit the official website of Parmigiano Reggiano museum.
Finally, one of the last Italian food museums in Emilia-Romagna, Langhirano, that is worth a visit is the ham museum.
In it you’ll learn about the history and origins of ham production and about all the different pig breeds.
You’ll have information about different delicious Italian cured meats like prosciutto di Parma, culatello di Zibello, coppa di Parma, spalla di San Secondo, etc.
And, surely, you’ll also learn some Italian recipes created by using these Italian cured meats.
For information about opening hours and prices, please visit the official website of Ham museum.
Have you already visited these Italian food museums in Emilia-Romagna? What do you think about them?
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