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Gastronomic Museums in Italy

From the North to the South Italy holds true to its tradition of gastronomy, with some of the worlds finest producers of Wines, Olive Oils, Pastas and Balsamic Vinegars just to name a few. Italy's rich history of Food and Wines can be studied through a variety of museums, which allow the public first hand to observe the gastronomic delights.
Why not let your taste sensations take a vacation with you as you experience one of the greatest things Italy has to offer - FOOD!!! 
Enjoy and... Buon Appetito!

National Museum of Pasta               


Palazzo Scanderbeg, p.zza Scanderbeg, 114/120 Roma

A museum that explains the technological production of pasta and shows how the famous forms were born.Opening Hours:
Everyday 9:30 - 5:30 pm
Closing days:
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Notes: The museum is divided into various sections: the first one (called the Grain Room) houses a huge millstone and illustrates the different stages of pasta making; the Ligurian Room explains the different methods in pasta-making, how the different kinds of pasta are shaped (penne, maccheroni, etc..), the cooking methods, recepies and other curiosities; the Rubino-Scaglione Room links pasta and art; the Napoli Room displays photos of celebrities enjoing pasta dishes. Among the curious: the industrial archaeological gallery that keeps five old machines still perfectly functioning.


The Olive Tree Museum              

Imperia (Liguria)

via Garessio, 11/13 - Imperia

The Olive Tree Museum is a major Italian private museum, created to portray the olive tree, symbol of the Mediterranean: for 6,000 years it has played a leading role in the economic, technical, artistic and religious history of humanity.

Opening Hours:
9-12 and 15-18.30
Admission free

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Notes: The museum illustrates the olive tree life and provides documentation on the use of olive oil as fuel for heating and lighting, as foodstuff, and as cosmetic and medicinal preparations' component; each use is documented by original objects. A video also shows the different pressing techniques.


The Salt-Works History Museum           

Foggia (Apulia)

Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 1 - Margherita di Savoia (Foggia)

A museum which displays the objects that for centuries have been used to extract salt.

Opening Hours:
Mon. to Sat. 9-13 and 16-20, Sun. on request

This museum houses industrial archaeology relics: tools and machines for salt drawing, transport and processing, weather- and electrical instruments and salt samples from the salt-works of S. Margherita di Savoia, the most important in Europe, going from the 3rd century BC. It also illustrates the drawing and processing techniques used in the course of the centuries in salt-works. Among the items on display: evaporimeters, moulds for bronze or iron casting, a collection of cases for salt presentation, a series of alphanumerical punches and weigh-bridges.


Martini Museum of the History of       Oenology - Chieri (Torino, Piedmont)

fraz. Pessione, Stabilimento Martini & Rossi, p.zza Luigi Rossi, 1 - Chieri (Torino)
The oenological Martini Museum, the most important one in Europe.
Opening Hours:
Tues. to Fri. 14-17, Sat. and Sun. 9-12 and 14-17
Admission free
Closing days:
closed on Mondays, the month of August and at Christmas and Easter
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Housed in the former cellars of the Martini&Rossi's factory, this museum keeps industrial machineries (19th to early 20th century), archaeological finds (Attic and Etruscan pottery), ethnographic material  (vases, presses, carts) alongside English and German silverware and crystal works from the 15th century to the present time.


The Grappa Museum              

Bassano del Grappa (Vicenza, Veneto)

via Gamba, 6 - Bassano del Grappa (Vicenza)

A museum gives its visitors the chance to understand the history of grappa, how it is made and recipes that
can be made from the liquor which is most loved by Italians.

Opening Hours:
Tues. to Sun. 9 -13 and 14.30 - 19.30, Mon. 14.30 - 19.30
Admission free

Web Site:

Opened in 1993 and located in a 15th-century building, this museum houses educational material concerning the distillation of "grappa"

(an Italian eau-de-vie), from alchemic methods to modern technologies. It also houses a collection of documents on the history of distillation since Egyptian times up to the 17th century.


The Grapes and Wine Museum         Carmignano (Prato, Tuscany)

Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, 2 - Carmignano (Prato)

Carmignano rates special mention with its wine singled out for protection by the Grand Duke of Tuscany in 1716. Today this rare red from Sangiovese and Cabernet has qualified as DOCG

Opening Hours:
9-12 and 15-18
Closing days:
closed Monday
The museum, devoted to the Medicean route of the Carmignano wines, presents 18th-century coloured maps of the Barco Reale, a vast game reserve the Medicis owned in the Montalbano area, municipal statutes, stewards'letters, and canonical booklets. Interesting is the Federigo Melis Collection of wines including over 800 bottles ordered according to their place of origin and producers and illustrating local wine production in the early decades of the postwar period. 


The Grapes and Wine Museum        Rufina (Firenze, Tuscany)

Villa di Poggio Reale, v.le Duca della Vittoria, 125 - Rufina (Firenze)

Villa di Poggioreale, an exquisite Renaissance building in the town of Rufina host the wine museum, which chronicles the history of the zone.

Opening Hours:
Sat. and Sun. 10-13 and 16-19

Housed on the basement of Villa Poggio Reale, the museum gathers a collection of tools and machinery used in wine growing and vinification. A room houses a "virtual grape harvest" showing two rows of vines with bunches of pieces of information, texts, and pictures. Besides, a video documents a real grape harvest in the 1950s. The exhibition ends with a section devoted to trade and consumption.


The Citrus Museum   

 Reggio Calabria (Calabria)

via Generale Tommasini, 2 - Reggio Calabria

This unusual museum is housed in a research centre for the local citrus essence and derivative production. We can find here machinery used for extracting juices and essences from citruses.Opening Hours:
8:00 am -2:00 pm
Admission free
Closing days:
closed Saturday and Sunday

Remarkable exhibit: the bergamot machine designed by Gangeri; this machine is a modified version of the type deviced in 1840 by Nicola Barillà. Of interest is the photographic collection illustrating the jasmine cultivation, picking, and processing at Brancaleone and the opium poppy cultivation.


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