Inauguration of the
Carpigiani Gelato Museum

From 27 to 29 September in Anzola Emilia (Bologna), the inauguration of the first museum dedicated to the history, culture, and technology of artisan gelato. Reservations can be made starting 14 July.

“The Carpigiani Foundation has made a great dream come true: a “home” for the history of gelato that allows operators to understand their roots and origins and the public to discover how such a fine food could be conceived, cultivated, and developed” (Luciana Polliotti).

The sweet countdown has begun: On 27 September 2012 the Carpigiani Gelato Museum will open to the public. The museum is an innovative structure dedicated to the study, documentation, and dissemination of the history, values, and culture of artisan gelato, a fresh, high-quality food that represents Italian excellence and creativity throughout the world. The opening will be followed by two more days of inaugural activities including guided tours, workshops for children, gelato tasting, and many other delicious surprises.

“The objective of the Carpigiani Gelato Museum is to become a point of reference for the sector, to highlight the roots and history of this quality food and the gelato artisans that produce it, bringing excellence, creativity, and flavor to customers worldwide,” explains Romano Verardi, President of the Bruto and Poerio Carpigiani Foundation. “I want to thank all the people who made the museum possible: the architects Matteo Caravatti and Chiara Gugliotta, the curators Luciana Polliotti and Andrea Barbieri, the donors, the supporters, and all those who volunteered their efforts. To obtain this result it was fundamental to cooperate and innovate as a team.” Verardi further observed, “We are pleased that this initiative came together just a short time after the official establishment of the European Gelato Day (March 24). We join hands in proudly recognizing this achievement with the ArtGlace Association, which worked hard to obtain this recognition from the European government.”

The 1000 square meter museum space has been carved out of the current Carpigiani headquarters. The complex is built around a central garden that connects the various areas of the building including showrooms and the Carpigiani Gelato Museum itself. According to the architects and curators, “From its origins to today, the museum features an interactive tour that highlights three principal themes regarding gelato: the evolution of gelato over time, the history of production technology, and the places and means of consuming gelato. More than 20 original machines will find a new home in the Carpigiani Gelato Museum, along with multimedia presentations, 10,000 historical images and documents, precious accessories and tools of the trade from ages past, video interviews, and workshops.”

Opens 27 September 2012, Via Emilia 45, 40011 Anzola dell’Emilia, Bologna
Open Monday to Saturday, tickets free (for the moment) with guided tour, reservation required.
Workshops on Artisan Gelato for children, youth, and adults.
Information and reservations (starting 14 July): www.gelatomuseum.org – +39 051 6505306 – info@fondazionecarpigiani.it