Food Museums of the province of Parma: guided tours and educational workshops
Dress your kitchen
Each museum focuses on a traditional local food and its place in the area’s traditions, history and geography: Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma, Salame di Felino, wine, tomato, pasta and extra virgin olive oil.
The six museums run by Associazione dei Musei del Cibo are open to the public between March 1 and December 8, from 10 to 6 on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays (Prosciutto di Parma, pasta and tomato), or from 10 to 1 and then 3 to 6 pm (wine, Salame di Felino and Parmigiano Reggiano). The museums are open on weekdays and between December and February for groups only, with advance bookings. MuseoAgorà d’Arte Olearia Orsi Coppini is a museum run by an olive oil producer which is affiliated with the Food Museums circuit; it is open all week, year-round, to individuals and groups with reservations.
All the Food Museums and MuseoAgorà Orsi Coppini offer guided tours for groups and schools (advance booking obligatory) and offer scientific or gastronomic educational workshops for schools and groups (advance booking required).
Here is more information on some of the museums.
Museo del Salame di Felino – Felino Salami Museum
Located in the cellars of Felino Castle, on the hills outside Parma, this museum is intended to explain why Felino is considered the "Prince of Salamis". The area is ideal for production of cured meats, which is an age-old art in this part of the country, handed down from generation to generation.
Museo del Vino - Wine Museum
Located in the cellars of another interesting manor-house on the hills outside Parma, Rocca di Sala Baganza, this museum demonstrates the importance of wine in Parma’s gastronomic traditions. Bottoms up to toast the thousand-year-old history, the great tradition and quality of Parma’s wines.
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Photos: © Musei del Cibo della provincia di Parma