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.
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:
From March 1 to December 8
* Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 10.00 – 18.00
* From Monday through Friday: open on reservation for group tours
From December to February
* Closed – open on request for group tours only
* Full price € 5,00
* Reduced fee € 4,00 groups (minimum 15 people), adults over 65 years old, conventioned prices
* Reduced fee for schools € 3,00 students from 6 to 18 years of age
* Free to disabled people and accompanying caregivers, to people accompanying groups and schools, journalists, to children under 6 years of age, to school children of the Cit of Collecchio (reservation is required).
For groups up to 25 people: € 20,00 in addition to entrance fee. Reservation is required.
Corte di Giarola – Taro Park entrance at Strada Giarola, 11 – 43044 Collecchio (Parma)
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.
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