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Museum Olei Histriae

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Louis D wrote a review Aug 2020
London, United Kingdom538 contributions116 helpful votes
The museum is just ok - I found the audio guide a bit repetitive with the text on the exhibits and stopped listening fairly early on. However, the tasting was amazing! I learned so much from Maya, who is one of those people who has really found her calling in life. I’ll never buy olive oil the same way (shame on the EU for allowing so much to be labelled as EVOO!), and I’ll always think of Maya when I’m buying olive oil at the supermarket. The oils we tasted were amazing, as was the dessert. Maya recommended the perfect olive oil to enhance it even more. Definitely go for the full experience!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Przemek M wrote a review Aug 2020
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Do you know that a lot of Extra virgin olive oils are fakes? How to recognized them you will learn at this museum with degustation option. Really reccomend this.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Eyekaytoo wrote a review Aug 2020
Leverkusen, Germany1,764 contributions555 helpful votes
I came here on my own one weekday morning recently and I found that I was practically the only visitor. Having collected my hand held audio device from the reception and extensive shop area, I slowly walked through the exhibition. This takes the visitor through the history of olive growing on the Istrian peninsula from the Roman times until present day. The audio guide, available in various languages, was actually a re-reading of the information on the posters in the exhibition. I bought the "Gold Experience" for 130 Kuna (ca. 17,40€) which included a special tasting of the various olive oils featured here. This is held in a separate room, resembling the chemistry laboratory of my school days way back when. I had the pleasure of a private sitting with Tina. She expertly took me through the Powerpoint presentation to prepare me for my tastings and to advise me on what to look for in a genuine extra virgin olive oil from Istria. This started with the comparison with two such oils and one that you can buy in any supermarket labelled "Produce of many EU countries" type. I also learned to buy oil that has been crushed locally - actually within 48 hours from harvesting. So labels telling you that the oil were prepared a long way from where the olives were harvested should be avoided if you want the real, tasty thing! With my purchase of the Gold Experience I then went on to try five more samples - both from olive crushed from one variety or another and blends. Very intriguing. To top off my special tasting experience I was offered a small surprise dessert. I can't reveal what it was or it won't be a surprise for you. Needless to say that the extra drizzle of olive oil made all the difference to this sweet end to my visit. I appreciated the almost private tour experience here but I feel for the staff who deserve to have more visitors in such a busy month as July. Anyway, armed with bottles of some of the best olive oils that I had sampled, I went off to now stun the rest of my family with my new found knowledge.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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kateorozco76 wrote a review Aug 2020
Stuttgart, Germany1 contribution
We are a family that likes to include food tours when we travel. Since Pula is a smaller, less touristy city this was the closest we could find. It did not disappoint. The staff is lovey and very knowledgable. We toured the museum and did a basic tasting. I never knew there was so much to know about something I use almost every day. Even our three children took part in the tasting, and were entertained.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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curtispat wrote a review Oct 2019
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania48 contributions33 helpful votes
During our 90 minute visit we spent about 45 minutes visiting the historical presentation of olive oil production and different forms of control throughout history. We spent the next 45 minutes with Tina who took us through a tasting where we learned the intricacies of the types and uses of olive oils. Needless to say, not all olive oils are the same and we came away feeling that we had an amateur’s appreciation for the differences. If you like olive oil and would like to increase your knowledge of it, you will enjoy this visit and Tina’s expertise and personality.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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