Our quest on this fine day was –with the notorious Giustino as our eminent cicerone– to visit the living Museum of Mediterranean Diet in Pioppi – and also to find the statue of the Greek philosopher Parmenides (5th c BC), founder of the School of Elea, a pre-Socratic school of philosophy in the early fifth century BC. Elea (now Velia) was a former Greek colony not far from Acciaroli.This is useful knowledge for pilgrims such as us, for we discovered a connection between the philosophy of Mediterranean Diet and that of Parmenides.
|Stein and Giustino in front of the Museum of the Mediterranean Diet|
The living Museum of the Mediterranean Diet in Pioppi is the historical, scientific and cultural center of the Mediterranean Diet, it was worth the visit. We learnt that the Dieta Mediterranea was added to UNESCO’s List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2010.
But let’s not get too philosophical. On the more down to earth level - we enjoyed the ever so tangible cultural heritage of the Mediterranean cuisine when Marisa prepared and served delicious dishes with Neapolitan finesse and grace.
Aspects of Acciaroli and Pioppi