Everyone goes to Rome to see the ancient capital of the Roman Empire, a metropolis of humanity, but also to enjoy plate after plate of the best Italian pasta. The Museo Nazionale delle Paste Alimentari, which is located in the center of the city, informs us about this popular dish’s history.
Visitors will discover much about Italy’s “primer plato” and this popular worldwide export in the eleven exhibition rooms.
The Museo Nazionale delle Paste Alimentari, the only of its kind in the world, was also the first museum dedicated to a specific food. Its facilities are located in the Palazzo Scanderbeg, overlooking the square of the same name in the center of Rome, at the foot of the Quirinale Palace, near the Trevi Fountain.
In room after room, the Museum will help you discover how the wheat dough for pasta was created as well as the processes that are used for mixing and drying, both the methods of making pasta by hand as well as with modern industrial technology: from the “rudimentary machinery”, such as the early stone mills to modern machinery for making pasta.
In the Museo Nazionale delle Paste Alimentari you will also learn about the purely Italian and very important invention that allowed for the creation of “dry pasta”, which made the development of pasta around the world possible. This was an innovation that allowed for the pasta to be kept in perfect condition for months or even years. In a tour that includes hard wheat, King Roger II, Idrisi, Trabia, farfalle, spaghetti and macaroni, Toto, Ingrid Bergman, flour and semolina, you can “taste” the true story of the “first course” Italian.
The opening hours of the Museum of Pasta are from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm every day including Sundays but excluding national holidays.
The adult admission price is € 10; for children under 18 and military personnel in uniform it’s € 7. For people with disabilities, the entrance ticket is € 5. The ticket price includes the use of a portable MP3 player that is available for individuals and groups, with commentary in the following languages: Italian, English, Spanish, French, German and Japanese.
You can find the Museo Nazionale delle Paste Alimentari at 117 Piazza Scanderbeg, a short walk from the Trevi Fountain, at the foot of the Quirinale Palace. To get there you can take public transportation (Metro: Line A, Barberini / Bus: 52, 53, 61, 62, 63, 71, 95, 175, 492, 630).
Discover the amazing history of pasta and learn more about the production machinery and production technologies, nutrition, pasta in ancient and modern forms, and much more. This is a place that will appeal to everyone’s senses.
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