The Pickling Factory

The imposing eel pickling factory at Comacchio has reopened its doors.
The Pickling Factory

A piece of the delta's history returns to its former splendour to celebrate a past too important to be forgotten. Life in the Valli was hard, a life spent between the ubiquitous water and the meagre patches of flat land, searching for eels and fish to survive.

The Museo dei Fuochi tells of these affairs with its twelve functioning chimneys that served to give the eel that characteristic cooking that has put it back on modern menus.

The fires, the spits (until a few decades ago turned by the courageous women of Comacchio), the ancient structures and the barrels have all been restored to recreate the fascinating storyline of a territory interwoven with legends and truths.

A museum that is not just a place to visit, but also a symbol that allows us to fully understand the true conditions of a land constantly struggling with itself.

Bicycle rental


From March, 1st to October, 31st: 9.30 am-12.30 pm and 3.00 pm - 7.00 pm. Closed Mondays.

From November, 1st to February, 28th: 9.30 am-1.00 pm and 2.30 pm-6.00 pm. Closed Mondays.

Guided tours

April/May/June/September/October - Sundays and bank holidays at 4.00 pm with 2,00 €
per person supplement (individuals only).
Guided visits free for the Sagra dell’Anguilla eel festival at 10.30 am and 4.00 pm every festival weekend (individuals only).

Guided visits can be booked for groups

Closing days

  • Monday


Full 2,00 euro.
Red. 1,00 euro (visitors under 18 and over 65, groups).

Part of the “Comacchio Museum Pass” offer, the only ticket to visit all Comacchio museums.


  • Up to age 11 (with parents)
  • Tourist guides
  • Conscripts

Information office

Ufficio Informazione e Accoglienza Turistica di Comacchio

Via Agatopisto, 2/a c/o Settecentesco Ospedale degli Infermi
telefax 0533 319278
last modified Nov 17, 2017 01:10
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