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TECHNICAL TOUR - Manifattura dei Marinati

22nd World Congress of Food Science and Technology

The future of food is now: Development, Functionality & Sustainability

Visit to “Manifattura dei Marinati” in Comacchio
Ex-Factory for Fish Production (Marinated Eel)

The “Manifattura dei Marinati” Factory was established in 1905 with the aim of processing (cooking and marinating) all the fish caught in the Comacchio Valleys. In the 1920s and 1930s, the factory produced and delivered more than 1,000 tons of different types of fish to Italy, Europe and as far away as New York, in wooden barrels and from 1927 in the characteristic metal cans.

The most iconic and characteristic place is the so-called “Fire Room”, where 12 large fireplaces, each with 17 pairs of hooks for hanging and cooking the large skewers filled with eels, remain as a reminder of the long and very particular cooking procedure that the workers had to take care of. The most delicate phases of the entire process, cooking and barreling, were performed only by female workers.
The Factory closed in 1992 and in 2004 the Municipality of Comacchio and the Po Delta Park recovered and renovated the large rooms, transforming them into a Museum. But the desire not to “shut out the fires” was successful, because a small laboratory still works in the Factory and “keeps the fires burning”, preserving the traditional way of processing the fish of the valleys.

The Laboratory is managed by a local Social Cooperative that uses work as a social tool to involve and develop the self-esteem and skills of weak and disadvantaged people.


September  7, 2024 – Full day visit

Program of the visit

  • 10:00 am – Guests welcoming and presentation of the Social Cooperative
  • 10:15 am – Video from the 1930s with images of fishing activities, work in the Factory and the famous introduction to the film “The Woman of the River” with the first leading role of the actress Sophia Loren, filmed in the Factory while this was working at full capacity
  • 10:35 am – Guided tour of the former factory, including the description of the territory, the history of the eel, the traditional fishing activity and the manufacturing processes in the factory
  • 1:00 pm – Lunch in the Sala dei Fuochi with local products and wine

Appetizer of marinated and smoked fish from the Comacchio Valleys processed in the factory, pasta with fish ragout, fried sardines, aquarelle and diced polenta, tasting of grilled eel, traditional dessert, bread, water, Bosco Eliceo Doc wines and coffee).

  • 2:45 pm – Experiential laboratory with production of marinated anchovies
  • 4:00 pm – Greetings and departure for Rimini

Price reserved for IUFoST 2024 delegates 140,00 € VAT included, minimum 18 people

This tour includes:

  • Bus transfer from/to Palacongressi
  • Entrance ticket
  • Tour in English language
  • Lunch

Terms and Conditions

A minimum of 18 participants is required; if the minimum is not reached by August 2sd , 2024 (12:00PM CET) the tour could be cancelled for lack of participation and you will be reimbursed.
Tours can be paid by credit card/bank transfer through the online registration system. An invoice will be issued when the payment has been received. A voucher to attend the Tour will be sent few days before the congress.
Cancellations will be accepted until August 2nd , 2024, with a refund of all prepaid fees except for a 30% administration charge. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after this date.

Please note that the fiscal invoice related to this event will be issued only after the minimum number requested  has been reached and the tour is 100% confirmed.