The Virtual Museum project

The Virtual Museum of the Mediterranean Diet is a project for collecting and digitizing memories related to Mediterranean food habits and specifically the Mediterranean Diet.

The MedEatResearch has produced over 150 video interviews, collecting valuable testimonies on this universal heritage.

In the Museum it is possible to find the testimonies of “pioneers” who have discovered and studied the Mediterranean Diet; the stories of grandparents of Campania, who are like “living libraries” and who embrace this lifestyle every day as an elixir of youth; and the stories of the “experts” of food and wine in the field of catering and production who advance it every day through their activities, as well as exceptional testimonials from scientists and artists whose work preserves and restores its social value.

In the “Education” section one can watch short videos on the history of the Mediterranean Diet narrated by anthropologists Elisabetta Moro and Marino Niola, on innovative educational tools developed by MedEatResearch such as the “New food pyramid of the Mediterranean diet”, as well as the “Edutest of the Mediterranean diet”, made in collaboration with experts in nutrition sciences and metabolic diseases from Federico II University.

Nutritionist Roberta Romanelli’s short clips explore the nutritional value of the foods that characterize the Mediterranean Diet.

The video interviews of the virtual museum were carried out by the MedEatResearch team of researchers and directed by Helga Sanità.

Senior researchers 
Rita Fusco, Rossella Galletti, Ciro Pizzo, Helga Sanità

Junior researchers
Mariangela Bianco, Roberta Campassi, Mario De Tommasi, Luigi Giova, Antonio Puzzi, Annalisa Rascato, Roberta Romanelli, Maria Scarinzi.

Mariaelena Assante, Vitale Cerrone, Luana Di Tommaso, Sara Iapaolo, Annarita Lecce, Davide Mancini and Giada Sammarco also contributed.

The interviews by MedEatResearch were filed in MODI by the ICCD (Central Catalog and Documentation Institute) and 100 “immaterial patrimonial entities” were extracted extracted, which were foundational to the Geoportal of Campania Food Culture of the MIBACT.

In 2016 the video interviews carried out by MedEatResearch won the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards 2016, the highest European honor in the field of cultural and natural heritage attributed by the European Commission and by the Europa Nostra Association to scientific projects and to the best practices in the fields of conservation, research, education, training and awareness with regard to the issues of Cultural Heritage and Intangible Heritage.