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Museo della Pipa, Gavirate
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  • I had the opportunity to visit this wonderful Museum only in the spring of 2016, although didn't know better Gavirate, place that here lay my grandmother still live some of my relatives. And, as a keen pipe smoker and story, my first impression was of disappointment at having waited so long to make a visit to a place so interesting and so "inserted" into the environment from which my family and I attended for many years. Interesting, but I will come to past, for both the enthusiast of pipa, both for the history buff, is finally for anyone generally interested in culture. In other words, I'm not saying that's the Louvre Museum Paronelli, but definitely cannot and should not be considered only a niche Museum. Such an idea, in fact, would be unfairly reductive and even outrageous to local history. First, the first thing to point out, and this is a credit to the two nephews of the founder, versatile guys Paronelli that visit (reservation required) is free. I paid, often, to see a lot less. Secondly, Alberto and Aribert Paronelli are two exquisite hosts: guide the visitor in all the secrets of the Museum with courtesy, friendliness, helpfulness, great detail, but above all, with great passion, which they pass on to their customers. Help to make your visit enjoyable and when you exit, you will find it hard to believe that he stayed in a couple of hours. I would say that if only they two are worth the price of admission, if there was an entrance fee. But there is no ... The Museum is housed in a lovely cottage at the entrance to the Centre of Swindon and a few hundred meters from the Lake, with easy parking. The giant pipe (high pretty much like a person) which is placed in the courtyard makes you figure out where this is happening, but does not do enough about what then can be admired. The Museum is organized mainly according to a historical path "double", in the sense that one side is told through memorabilia collections really rich, the history of the Italian industrial pipe, which right in the Varese area grew more than in other areas (the canturino and Pesaro are, more than anything, the newer areas of handmade pipes, over time than industrial ones whose roots lie in the nineteenth century ...) and, on the other hand, is the activity in the world of pipa (linked not only to production, but also to the sale, distribution, dissemination of its culture) Paronelli family. So, we enter in a path, for more kept in detail and also in maintenance (Paronelli is really well maintained, clean, organized, and transmits "life", we see that is the starting point of the passion and the work of the two boys, who really live and Paronelli don't just keep it there as a dusty collection of memorabilia) that starts by the exposure of old machinery and curious instruments that the founder had imported, primarily from France, so that even in Italy we could spread the production of industrial pipe, i.e. those that were using at the time, when even there were some molds (a couple are preserved right in the Museum Paronelli) where you had to insert the pipe just produced to verify that corresponded to the millimeter to the model. In short, today one of the most famous "pot" artisanal movement is the famous model "55" from a well-known manufacturer, but at the time would never have accepted a "pot" of the form. Machinery and tools are very old, clearly, however, if desired, would be able to operate to this day. As mentioned, the care and maintenance of memorabilia are aspects of primary importance to the Museum Paronelli. From here, it continues through harvested (very rich) of ceramics on which the founder of the Museum he painted, with much originality, various parties (including churches of Sardinia), including the inevitable pipe, collections of documents concerning the activity of the family field piparo, etc., Spirited Paronelli Hall of champions of the former manufacturing cells, which closed its doors in the mid-eighties of the last century and who was coming to take up to 2,000 employees. The famous Hall, that attract thousands of pipes, but also beautiful photographs, was rescued by Mr. Paronelli when the factory closed. A work truly meritorious, because documents a century of industrial production of pipe. And then, again: curious, rich and historically important European pipe Hall, which tells the story of French productions production pipara, reciprocal imitation attempts with Italy, etc., even up to contain pipe-like, sometimes grotesque, of historical figures and celebrities. Do not underestimate the "exotic" room, with collections from all over the world, especially Asia and Latin America, complete with a pre Columbian era memorabilia: don't miss the opium pipe made from a Crow's foot mummified (ugly, but really curious) and the giant pipe meerschaum and finely worked, but never paid and retreat , Paronelli from the Zand Shah. Still, there is the Hall of the Academy, that is, the venue, with all the relating memorabilia, of the International Academy of pipa founded by the founder of the Museum. And finally, personal study by Alberto Paronelli, so rich in curiosity that does not even make sense to list them here. All these wonders, moreover, are enriched by many extemporaneous memorabilia (including the start of a collection of antique safes ...) made by Paronelli, including some collected its curious and imaginative paint. In any case, beyond individual memorabilia (so many curious and they deserve a Treaty), the beauty of this museum is, as anticipated, which tells two stories: that of the Italian industrial pipe, with its slow evolution, its problems, its victories, and that of a broad cross-section of the local culture. Because the varesotto and universally recognized as the Italian industrial pipe district: Besides Paronelli, here there were (and still are) many industrial producers of pipe, and today also. And many there were. The company Raja had, on average, depending on the period, with a thousand to two thousand employees. Why, just think how many people the pipe, for almost a century, employed in Varese, to understand how this wonderful object to smoke is rooted in the local culture. Not that all varesini are dedicated to slow smoke (maybe!), but the production of pipe is one of the prominent local productions, so the world of pipa is a world with which most of the varesini have had to confront in their lives. And the Museum in addition to telling the story of pipa Paronelli, tells precisely this slice of life and culture, so as to be missed for fans of local history and, in General, of the history of Italian industrial production. In short, much, much more than a museum devoted to a niche product and limited to it. For this, at least once in their lives, I think that anyone in the area should check them out. However, for fans of slow smoke, the Museum is equipped to organize dedicated events. Events that the two boys are doing their utmost to accomplish. Paronelli And, of course, there is a shop where you can find both pipes Paronelli, whether other manufacturers marketed. So, when visiting the lush countryside varesina, with its relaxing Lakes, a museum visit Paronelli (making sure to book it) is required. Defects? I have not really found. Well, maybe it would be nice that you found the solution to be always open by reservation only, though it is true that it would be difficult to reconcile with the gratuity, and then hardly a mention of the profession might help the story and explain the memorabilia with the same passion of Alberto and Aribert Paronelli. Oh, one note: in Gavirate you get, from Milan and Varese, comfortably with ferrovie Nord. The station is not close to the Museum, but at most one can walk to Gavirate, stopping at one of the many bakeries to buy the "Brutti e Buoni", excellent local specialties already appreciated by Carducci. In any case, even if you don't have a car can reach the Museum Paronelli.
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  • A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Museum, together with my dad. I have no words to describe the emotion felt, to see so much history concentrated in a space not then so extensive. ... to think I still have the chills. A magical place and full of passion who ran it, a place worth visiting even for non smokers. THANK YOU for the wonderful experience.
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  • A beautiful, masterfully guided visit, in the fascinating world of handmade pipes. Thousands of specimens of many eras and from all over the world. You can feel the enthusiasm of those who founded the Museum and who runs it! Also lots of beautiful hand-painted dishes. Thanks for availability.
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