The Museum of Prosciutto and Parma Salumi
The Prosciutto Museum is located in Langhirano, recognized as the capital of prosciutto.
The museum is part of a former Foro Boario, a 1929 rustic marketplace that has been completely restored. It was where people bargained for livestock, in an area known for its pork products.
Langhirano is a peaceful oasis with a mild climate, beautiful vineyards and the incredible Castello di Torrechiara. The castle is situated on a hill and surrounded by the original walls.
The castle has fascinating kitchens and beautifully frescoed rooms. In the Salone dei Giocolieri del Baglione, or Juggler’s Hall, there is a painting of acrobats juggling hoops while forming a pyramid on the backs of lions. Then there is the Sala della Vittoria, or Victory Room, with a fresco of the sky on the ceiling; the Sala degli Angeli, or Angel’s Room, dedicated to the Sforza family; the Salone degli Stemmi, or Coat of Arms Gallery; and the Camera d’Oro, or Golden Chamber.
The fresco in the chamber depicts Bianca Pellegrini, Pier Maria dei Rossi’s lover, in pilgrim’s clothing, walking through the Rossi estates. There are rocks, castles, fertile fields, vineyards and herds of pigs.
Inside the museum, there is an exhibition detailing the production of Parma’s prized cured meats. You can also follow the changes in production methods from ancient pork butchery to modern technologies.
There are eight sections in the museum composed of photographs, historic documents, machinery and audio-visual equipment. These objects help to define the region, the pig breeds used for certain products, the historic and political role of salt, pork butchery, and the many types of traditional Parma salumi. There is also information about importance of the Prosciutto di Parma Consortium and their work to safeguard quality.
A visit to the museum ends in the tasting room: a real prosciutto haven where salumi and local products are served. We suggest prolonging your trip in order to visit Pieve di San Michele Cavana or the silent cloister of the Benedictine abbey of Torrechiara.
Don’t miss the artistic masterpieces at the Magnani-Rocca Foundation and the numerous other jeweled cities along the Strada del Prosciutto e dei Vini dei Colli, a road winding past hillside vineyards and prosciutto-makers.