Thursday, December 22, 2011

Italian Olive Oil: Carli’s Museum in Imperia

Olive oil is considered the oil of Gods. It has been employed  for thousands of years in Mediterranean, and it still continue to be central . It is the basic element of Italian cuisine and  its importance is spreading quickly throughout the world, even in USA.
In Italy there are lots of museums that describe its history, its value to human life and the role it has played in the improvement of Mediterranean civilization. I’d like to describe you one of the most attractive among those Museums. It was officially opened  in 1992in Imperia by the Carli family and it is the result of a family passion for everything to do with olives, in fact they produce olive oil since 1911. 

The Museum, collocated  inside Carli’s factory, displays in 18 rooms utensils from  the past, used by Romans, Phoenicians, Egyptians and Greeks, together with archeological discovers, very old books and valuable documents.  Many items are dated  till 4500 years ago. A very special area, in room 11 is dedicated to the health eating pyramid and the importance of healthy food.  Some time the museum organizes courses to enjoy properly olive oil. It is enough visit in the web site for further information. In front of the Museum there is another building with a lecture theatre, a cafeteria and a shop too.
The Museum is located in Imperia, that is in the western part of the Italian Riviera, near the French border. It is one of the richest olive growing areas of all Italy. Even the city is so beautiful and you could live the seaside atmosphere together with the loveable Italian cuisine. 


Visits are available from Monday to Saturday from 9.00  till  12.30 in the morning , while in the afternoon from 15.00 till 18.30.
The visit is free.  For groups is requested a reservation

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The Museum is located in Imperia, via Garessio, 13.
Website for further information:  The website is available in English, Germen and French.


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