by Barb B
Napa, CA and Hereford, AZ , Arizona
July 8, 2001
There is an old wooden lever-press used by the ancient Egyptians; the heavy grindstones which were frequently turned by farm animals to crush the olives, and the huge screw-presses which represent even later development. Several unique displays further increase your understanding of the oil making process: Rare antique tools and harvesting devices, a collection of cruets and oil lamps, and antique maps showing the areas cultivated around Lake Garda during the early 1900’s.
The height of the Self-Guided tour is a reconstruction of a nineteenth century oil-mill that is still in working order. The classic water wheel turns the grindstone and processes the oil through a series of wooden cog-wheels. A video display (in English, Italian and German) also demonstrates current-day oil producing methods.
We bought one of our "best buy" souvenirs in the well stocked gift shop. A one-liter tin of extra virgin olive oil (first-press) for just $10 US. A fantastic bargain and well worth the space in our suitcase since it would cost about $35 at home.
PS--Before you leave, spare a thought, for those generations of hard working people who spent their lives in backbreaking and repetitive work on the old oil-presses!
The museum is located on the Lake side of Lake Garda’s Main Road, S-249
Admission is free.
There is a well-stocked book and gift shop and you can taste the various oils before you buy.
See the website at www.museum.it
Weekdays 9.00-12.30 / 15.00- 19.00
Sundays 9.00 –12.30
Closed on Wednesday afternoons
Closed all day on Sundays in January and February and most important holidays
From journal BARDOLINO Revisited