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Italy Opens World’s First Gelato Museum


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The first ever museum of gelato culture and technology has recently opened its doors.

Located in the Italian town Anzola Dell’Emilia just outside of the city of Bologna, the ‘Carpigiani Gelato Museum’ built by gelato machine maker Carpigiani Group tracks the history of gelato—from its early incarnation as a chilled delicacy for Roman emperors, to today’s sweet treat on the streets.

“Gelato was a symbol of power, used at courts to enhance the prestige of noble families. Ice and salt were key ingredients and were expensive and so only aristocrats could afford it,” Luciana, Polliotti, ice-cream expert and historical curator of Carpigiano Gelato Museum, told Reuters.

The free museum—which occupies 1,000 square-meters—showcases anything gelato-related, such as the world’s first-written recipe, images of gelato shops, and gelato machines.

Visitors can take an hour-long tour, which concludes in the tasting area, a gelato shop outside the museum.

For $3 Euro dollars, visitors can taste all types of gelatos, and even modern versions of the 19th-century recipes, such as coffee sorbet from 1854, fig gelato with balsamic drizzle, and strawberry and raspberry sorbets from 1800s.

For $10-50 Euro dollars, visitors can also take short lessons on how to make their own artisan gelato.

Carpigiani Gelato Museum is opened from Monday to Saturday by appointment only, and can be booked online at GelatoMuseum.org.

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[via Reuters, Gelato Museum, images via Facebook]
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