Have you ever wondered about the origin of a sponge? I mean natural ones which give your skin that beautiful sensation!
You can find out more during the Special Muggia Saturdays by visiting the ancient Rosenfeld sponge processing Ltd. which has been processing natural sponges traditionally since 1896 and then markets them worldwide. This tour is unique in its kind and will take you to a journey through time to discover handcraft products which keep tradition alive – passed on from father to son – with extreme respect for nature.
Sponges come from the waters of the sea and feed by filtering water and retaining nutrients. Their body shape is extremely varied and to date over 9000 species have been described worldwide.
The guided tour includes:
– visiting the laboratory where the various types of sponges will be illustrated and marketing techniques based on quality and size explained.
– visiting the packaging department where you may touch the various types of sea sponges and try the traditional “scissor trim” guided by an expert.
The last phase is learning about Rosenfeld’s sponge processing Ltd.’s history and admire the exhibition of the sponges’ private collection in the conference room.
Adults and children will enjoy this tour and have the chance to explore sea beds with their imagination to discover the secrets of sponges studied in ancient Rome.
Meeting point and tour departure at 10.30am at the Rosenfeld’s sponge processing Ltd. entrance where the entrance ticket is paid. Book your tour in advance. Request a private guided tour for a minimum of 10 people.
Special Saturdays in Muggia
29 June, 27 July, 31 August, 28 September
Rosenfeld sponge processing Ltd. has been in the business for over 100 years. In Trieste, the opening of the Rosenfeld Ltd. was possible thanks to David Rosenfeld in 1896 when the city was under the rule of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
To date it is the oldest Sponge Processing Company in Europe.
Rosenfeld Ltd sponges come from the waters of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic sea and are processed in the sponge processing plant in Trieste and exported worldwide. The purification and washing treatment, necessary to remove the impurities and organic calcareous substances from the sponge is still done using traditional methods.
Visiting the packaging department where you may touch the various types of sea sponges and try the traditional “scissor trim” guided by an expert.
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