A Pasta Museum in Chianti
Come explore the treasures of the museum of Tuscan pasta and peasant life: a piece of history that allows us to relive a bit of our past, celebrated in our pasta production that has remained unchanged for more than 100 years.
Created thanks to the love and passion of its founder Giovanni Fabbri, the history of the museum dates back to 125 years ago, starting from a private collection that was then enriched thanks to various donations from our fellow citizens and acquisitions by the company’s owners. Today the Museum is home to more than 400 items from the second half of the 1700s to the first half of the 1900s.
The displays include testimonies of Tuscan peasant life, dozens of antiques used over the centuries to make pasta, including a collection of horizontal and vertical extrusion presses, and a dozen American machines including various “Vitantonio” models patented in Cleveland, USA starting in 1906.
The Museum also has a fascinating collection of vintage books and magazines dating back to the first half of the 20th century, along with old accounting documents of the company, patents, postcards and numerous photos recounting the history of the village Strada in Chianti.
The past and the present are celebrated here: your guide will take you to the upper floor where our production is carried out with original machines from the 1950s, to show you some Fabbri pasta production secrets, including the importance of keeping the temperature below 38 degrees for production. Scientific research will also help you learn about the beneficial effects that ancient wheat varieties have on our health.
From extrusion presses to the “Chitarra”, passing through scales and other vintage sieves, items that recall the daily life of our ancestors are not lacking in the Fabbri Museum. They can be unusual or exceptional, but always arouse the interest of curious visitors.
Click below for a sample selection of 20 unique items displayed in the Museum.