Fragno Truffle Museum

Via Maschi, 2 - 43030 Calestano

Opening times

From March 1st to December 8th
Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 10.00 – 18.00
From Monday to Friday: by reservation for groups

Closed from December to February – Open by reservation only for groups


A new exhibition enriches the museum network of the Food Museums of Parma: the Fragno Hooked Truffle Museum, based in Calestano.
It is housed in the basement of the Municipality of Calestano, where the ancient prisons once stood. The exhibition aims to enhance the historic walls of the building and its environment, but at the same time it wants to be “unconventional”, bringing multimedia and interactive elements capable of communicating the various contents of the Museum to visitors.

The Truffle is something mysterious that must be sought. This is the logic of the Museum, a sort of treasure hunt where the visitor enters small shady underground spaces (to remember the truffle), with the aim of “hunting” for certain information and being able to reach a prize: an exclusive content that is added to the museum.

The small courtyard that gives access to the Museum presents panels that tell the story of the Calestano area, rich in uncontaminated environments and places of great beauty, such as the “Devil’s Leaps” chain which can be traversed through the “Via degli Scalpellini”, the castle of Ravarano, Monte Sporno or Montagnana, dotted with small inhabited centers that retain their original structure because the Museum also wants to present the other attractions of the area.

It moves on to botany, where we discover what a truffle is and how it is born.
The focus is also on truffle harvesting, made possible thanks to the truffle hunters and their dogs and an immersive space will also be dedicated to the woods.
In fact, the truffle does not grow in all types of woods and the types of those that have  truffle are described.

The gastronomy room offers, on an interactive table, the menu of a royal lunch, including famous people, vintage menus and recipes, unusual combinations, curiosities and videos.
The last room shows this symbol of excellence, the methods of conservation, the historic families dedicated to the search, the mysteries that it has been able to hide for centuries, its presence in art and poetry, the rites and traditions premises and some unexpected uses.
The visit requires a stop at the restaurant, where the tasting is intended to be unforgettable.

The museum is part of the circuit of Food Museums and the Parma by bike and Parma city of Gastronomy product clubs.

Admission fees:

Full price €5.00
Reduced €4.00 groups (minimum 15 people), adults over 65, agreements
Family ticket €10 valid for two adults and all children in the family, without limitation on number. The Museum Quiz card is free at the ticket office, to experience the Museum like a treasure hunt. Valid for one museum only.
Reduced price for schools €3.00 for students aged 6 to 18 – University of Parma students with Student Card
Free for disabled people and their companions, teachers, group and school group leaders, journalists, children under 6 years of age, class visits to schools in the Municipality of Borgo Val di Taro (with reservations required).
Food Museums Card €12.00 – A convenient and advantageous way to visit all the Food Museums

Guided tours For groups of up to 25 people: €25.00 in addition to the entrance ticket. Reservation and advance payment required. In case of cancellation of the booking before 78 hours, the amount will be refunded in full. If the cancellation arrives within the last 78 hours of the visit, the agreed amount will still be due in full.

Opening: from March to December