Emilia is famous for its beautiful cities and breathtaking landscapes.

But what can be said about its museums? From the museum dedicated to Enzo Ferrari and Ferrari sport cars, to the museum dedicated to the painter, Antonio Ligabue, there are many other locations housing great Emilian treasures.

Some however, are less known and decidedly unusual.

Here is a brief preview of a collection of 10 Emilian museums you (probably) have never heard of: what if we take a virtual trip?

1) TRADING CARD MUSEUM
Corso Canalgrande 103
MODENA

The Trading Card Museum was established thanks to the enthusiastic collecting efforts of Giuseppe Panini, founder in 1961 of the Panini Company along with his brothers Benito, Franco Cosimo and Umberto. Over the years, Giuseppe collected hundreds of thousands of small colourful prints building up this extraordinary collection which became a museum located on Panini company premises in 1986. In 1992, Giuseppe Panini and the Panini company decided to donate the museum to the Municipality of Modena. Being the world capital of trading cards, Modena was considered the most obvious site for the museum.
The museum is designed to recreate an extraordinary “album of wonders” and houses a permanent exhibition divided into six main themes. Visits to the museum are enriched by six large display structures featuring eight extractable side panels which can be pulled out to reveal their precious content and give that sense of surprise that we have all felt when leafing through a sticker album or opening a new packet of stickers.

2) MUSEUM OF SCALES AND BALANCES
Via Garibaldi 34/A
CAMPOGALLIANO

The Museum of Scales and Balances, unique in its kind in Italy, documents the history of weighing and measurement from the Middle Ages to the present-day: balances, platform scales, steelyards and a rich patrimony of documentary material consisting in posters, catalogues, original prints and photographic reproductions of antique materials. The Museum is directly linked to local industries, preserving the historical memory and acting as a driving force for historic, technical and scientific knowledge.

3) ITALIAN MUSEUM OF PERFUMERY
Via Trento 30/A
PARMA

The historic Palazzina Borsari in Parma houses the 1870 Borsari Collection of the famous company established in 1870. The first Museum of Perfumery in Italy is a delightful and refined historic retrospective of the famous Violetta di Parma fragrance and illustrates the figurative history of a company that has crossed time and fashion. According to popular belief, Violetta di Parma was the favourite fragrance of Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma. The museum is divided into two sections and preserves the story of Borsari, its products and the graphic designs used to illustrate the fragrance from Parma.

4) MUSEUM OF THE TOMATO
Corte di Giarola – Parco del Taro – Strada Giarola Entrance
COLLECCHIO

Located in Corte di Giarola, a food processing centre dating back to the Middle Ages, the museum is organised into seven sections.
The first section tells the story of the tomato, with its arrival in Europe in the sixteenth century from the Americas and its subsequent diffusion. The story then continues with the development of the food processing industry in Parma and the evolution of the production technologies employed. The fourth section deals with the finished product and the packaging used. The fifth covers the development of the mechanical industry, the sixth tells about the protagonists and the work carried out in the factories. The itinerary ends with the tomato portrayed in the arts or the “World of the Tomato” featuring advertising, quotes and paintings.

5) VINE AND WINE MUSEUM
“Tenuta Rampata” Farm, The Medici Family Vinegar Cellar, Strada per Sant’Ilario, 68
MONTECCHIO EMILIA

On a farm in Montecchio Emilia, a renovated building hosts an itinerary dedicated to wine, where it is possible to learn about its history, linked to a family that has been producing wine for over a century.

6) THE DON CAMILLO AND PEPPONE MUSEUM
Via De Amicis, 2
BRESCELLO (RE)

The Don Camillo and Peppone Museum was inaugurated on 16 April 1989 and is the result of the efforts and enthusiasm of a small group of volunteers lead by Erminio Bertoli. It is now managed by the local tourist board (Pro-Loco). On display are numerous items from the Don Camillo films: Peppone’s motorcycle, Don Camillo’s cassock, the bicycles used by both characters at the end of “Don Camillo’s Last Round “. There are also numerous photographs taken during filming, original film posters and reconstructions of some of the film sets. It is possible to purchase souvenirs, the books by Giovannino Guareschi, DVDs of the films and typical local products.

7) MUSEUM OF ANATOMY OF DOMESTIC ANIMALS

Via Tolara di Sopra, 50
Ozzano dell’Emilia (BO)

The Museum of Anatomy of Domestic Animals features images and reproductions of domestic animals. There are also skeletons and various tables on display. This institution is one of the oldest in the province, not just within the Municipality. It was founded in 1882 by Professor Clemente Papi, and this is one of the reasons why it is such an important museum. Today it is possible to see a considerable part of the museum, compared to the original collection.

8) MUSEUM OF TAROTS
via Arturo Palmieri, 5
RIOLA di VERGATO

The Museum of Tarots wants to be a window of opportunity for every artist who has worked on this theme as well as bring to light works that often remain hidden or risk being forgotten. This is the first centre in Italy and the world, dedicated to the Art of Tarot Cards on a contemporary level. Thanks to the collaboration with the publisher Hermatena, on display are collections of limited edition Artistic Tarots featuring originals signed by the artists, made more precious by hand-drafted interventions.
The Museum is located in a completely renovated and suggestive historic building dating back to the 1600s, located between Bologna and Pistoia and immersed in greenery.

9) THE MUSEUM OF PADLOCKS

Via Chiavello 100
Cedogno PARMA

This is the only Museum that only has padlocks on display. The exhibition includes the over four thousand items collected by Vittorio Cavalli, an enthusiastic collector, who put together in the space of some sixty years a collection of padlocks from all over the world and from various periods. The collection includes various types of padlock: helical spring, toothed drum, combination, secret screw, cross spring, for bicycles, talismanic and zoomorphic, offering the possibility to explore different epochs and cultures from the unusual point of view of padlocks.

10) THE MUSEUM OF CARRIAGES AND CARTS
Piazza Cittadella
PIACENZA
The underground rooms of Palazzo Farnese house and display the prestigious collection of carriages put together by Count Dionigi Barattieri during the first decades of the twentieth Century and donated to the Municipality of Piacenza in 1948 by his heir, Silvestro Brondelli di Brondello. Other important examples were added later, either donated or loaned by individuals or institutions.
The vehicles on display in the Museum are in excellent condition and include sedan chairs, horse-drawn hearses, a fire carriage, and a Sicilian cart. There are also a number of perambulators dating back to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries which use the same technology as carriages and to a certain extent were developed at the same pace. The same phenomenon of adapting the techniques used to construct carriages to domestic models can be seen in the toy buggies which are scale models of the much larger carriages.