Museo del Pomodoro (Tomato Museum)


The Museo del Pomodoro is an ethnographic museum on tomatoes, created inside the Corte di Giarola that lies between Collecchio and Ozzano Taro, an area near Parma historically suited to the production and processing of tomatoes.
The building was once a fortified farmstead belonging to the Bishop of Parma and between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries was involved in struggles to control the ford of the river Taro and exploit its waters. It eventually lost all military importance and from the fifteenth century functioned only as a farm. Until the 1960s it was the location of a tomato processing and canning company. It became public property in 1998, was partially restored, and since 24th May 1999 has been the headquarters of the Taro Regional River Park and has already been identified as a future venue for a Pasta Museum.
The museum was opened on 25th September 2010, with a conference dedicated to “The tomato in Parma: history, entrepreneurship and taste”.
The exhibition is arranged in the ground floor wing where the stables used to be. It is arranged in seven sections that illustrate the following topics:

  1. the history of the tomato, from its arrival in Europe after the discovery of the Americas to its widespread dissemination;
  2. the development of the tomato processing industry in Parma;
  3. the development of production technologies;
  4. the finished product and the packaging;
  5. the development of the mechanical industry;
  6. the key players and factory work;
  7. the culture of the “Tomato World ” with advertisements, quotes and paintings.



Info

Corte di Giarola – Taro Park entrance at Strada Giarola, 11 – 43044 Collecchio (Parma)
Tel 333.2362839, Fax +39.0521.821139
e-mail: prenotazioni.pomodoro@museidelcibo.it
sito web: www.museidelcibo.it

HOW TO GET THERE:

Distance: 12km from Parma

GPS coordinates: 44 ° 44 ‘17.59 “N, 10 ° 11 ‘8.27 “E

From Parma: Via La Spezia direction south – Tangenziale of Collecchio, direction Fornovo, after last exit for Collecchio, continue towards Ponte Scodogna, and follow signs for Corte di Giarola – Parco del Taro to the right.

From Fornovo: exit on A15 provincial road for Collecchio. At Ponte Scodogna, turn left for Corte di Giarola – Parco del Taro

Suburban buses from Parma Railway Station to Collecchio and back: Parma-Collecchio-Fornovo line, “Ponte Scodogna” stop.

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.

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.