Tell about truffle
Born after Olga Urbani’s vision and tireless archival and historic research work, the Urbani Truffle Museum is located in the heart of Scheggino, a small town of 488 inhabitants in Umbria made famous thanks to Urbani Tartufi. The Museum, dedicated to the memory of Paolo Urbani, was opened to the public in March 2012, two years after his passing. This museum is not a typical monothematic museum but a dynamic and interactive one. In fact, the museum gives visitors the chance to enter the world of truffles and at the same time explore the history of the Urbani family.
The museum is not only to be a celebration of the black gold of the Valnerina Valley; it also traces the history of its keepers, who through six generations have transformed truffle into a symbol that not only defines the area, but is also a valuable, precious commodity of Italy, and has been brought to worldwide fame by the Urbani Tartufi Family. The choice of the building is not random. The museum is located in what was the first Urbani plant and home of Paolo Urbani, founded in the late nineteenth century.
Of great historical interest contained within the museum is the correspondence that expresses the family's aspirations: handwritten invoices, telegrams, personal letters received from family members who relocated to the USA to spread the truffle culture, which was unknown at that time, in an attempt to sell overseas. Many objects from the past are on display, such as the first metal wash tub for truffles, or the letter from
President Ronald Reagan thanking for the 1,100 pounds of truffles sent by the Urbani brothers, Bruno and Paolo.
The museum traces family history through several decades, from the first steps taken by the Urbani family in the past, to the creation of the "Brotherhood of the Truffle", started in the 80s, continuing onto the Knighthood of Labor awarded to Paolo Urbani in 1996, who was appointed “Cavaliere del Lavoro” by the Italian President for being "singularly meritorious" in agriculture, commerce, and industry. Originally, the museum was a warehouse that stored no longer used tools, old machinery and antique black-and-white photographs; today it contains over 100 years of Urbani history, from the beginning, up to the progress made in processing and marketing of truffles. Precious fragments of a past that live on through today, thanks to our memory and, above all, to all the people who have left their mark building the history of the company.
URBANI ART AND FOODWARE – Like any museum, a small boutique offers visitors the opportunity to buy fresh and preserved truffles, many products made with truffles, and dry or frozen porcini mushrooms of the highest quality.
MUSEUM FOR SCHOOLS – All school and academic staff interested in learning the didactic method of the museum are invited to meetings that offer students a correct and functional approach to the institution.