The museum of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, created inside the old dairy at the Corte Castellazzi in Soragna in the Province of Parma, is an ethnographic museum illustrating how this cheese is produced.
The museum has been created inside a nineteenth-century farmstead belonging to the Meli-Lupi castle in Soragna. The castle, with a circular plan, was built in 1848 by Casimiro Meli-Lupi. Expanded in 1963 with the construction of two new rooms to use as milking and salting rooms, it remained active until 1977.
The exhibition includes material collected from the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese production area which includes five provinces: Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Bologna to the west of the river Reno and Mantua to the south of the river Po.
The objects originate between the second half of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century.
The exhibition project is based on the concept that the dairy is in itself already a museum, with places and equipment that illustrate the production of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
It is arranged in sections in three rooms formed from those originally used for the dairy’s production, Room A in the circular building, Room B in the underground salting room and Room C in the overhead milking room. In addition there is a space for refreshments and a museum-shop.
Educational Workshops: at all the Food Museums you can request the organisation of educational workshops for schools or groups, of a scientific nature (on the themes of salt, milk, and micro-organisms, water and proteins) or gastronomic variety (taste laboratories). Booking required.
Museum Shop: near the exhibition spaces there is a Museum Shop, where you can buy, in the opening hours of the Museum, publications, objects for the table and typical local products.
From 1st March to 8th December
* Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10.00am – 1.00pm; 3.00pm – 6.00pm
* Monday to Friday: by reservation for groups
From December to February
* Closed – Open by reservation only for groups
Visit with tasting (excluding drinks):
* Adults € 5,00
* Concessions € 4,00 groups (minimum 15 people), adults over 65 years, other concessions
Visit without tasting
* Concession for schools 3.00 schools and children from 6 to 12 years
* Free for the disabled and their escorts, escorts of groups and school groups, journalists, children under 6 years
for groups of up to 25 persons: 20.00 in addition to the ticket price. Booking required.
C/o Corte Castellazzi Via Volta, 5 Soragna (PR)
entrance from the pedestrian path of Viale dei Mille
sito web: www.museidelcibo.it
HOW TO GET THERE:
GPS coordinates: 44°55’33.52″N, 10° 7’4.67″E
From Parma: tangenziale Nord direction West (Piacenza), exit for Noceto – Fontanellato, follow signs to Fontanellato, and then Soragna. Suburban buses from Parma Railway Station to Soragna and back: Parma-Fontanellato-Soragna-Busseto line. From Fidenza: provincial road to Soragna Suburban buses from Fidenza railway station to Soragna and back: Fidenza-Soragna -Roccabianca line.
FOOD MUSEUM SHUTTLE SERVICE: to reach the Museum, you can book the shuttle service run by the Consorzio Travelbus of Parma at special rates for individuals, families and groups.
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