Discover why the Emilia-Romagna region is world-famous amongst food lovers with this private full-day tour from Parma.
Birthplace of parmesan, prosciutto, and balsamic vinegar, it’s no surprise that Parma is considered the capital of Emilia Romagna’s “Food Valley”.
Meet your guide in Parma and visit an authentic producer of Parmigiano-Reggiano PDO. Discover how the King of all cheeses has been made in the same way since the Benedictine monks invented it centuries ago. You'll witness each stage: from the hand-making, through the salt pools, to the "wheel cathedrals" - real walls of cheese in a single room. The visit will end with a tasting.
Continue your journey, making a photo stop at the medieval village of Torrechiara. The village is dominated by its romantic castle, the most spectacular amidst the Castles of the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza and Northern Italy, dating back to 1448 DC, built by Sir Pier Maria Rossi for his lover Bianca Pellegrini.
Next you will visit one of the family-run ham factories producing the mythical Prosciutto di Parma PDO. You will get to know why the best ham can only be made in the hills of Parma, where the Marino wind blows from the Ligurian Sea through the so-called Food Valley of Italy. Tasting at lunch.
Enjoy a delicious full lunch based on the typical products of the territory in a farm-to-table restaurant: parmigiano, prosciutto as well as other kind of local cold cuts, a typical filled pasta dish (tortelli di Parma), homemade cakes. All paired up with local wines like Lambrusco and Malvasia! The guide will stay with you until lunch.
After lunch travel to the province of Reggio Emilia or Modena for a guided visit and final tasting at a family run production site of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar PDO.
Please note: The tasting/lunch can also be organised at a Prosciutto di Parma producer, Agriturismo or typical restaurant upon availability.
Transportation can be included. The quotation is calculated with a departure from Parma or the immediate surroundings (max.15 km). Please get in touch.
- Foreign language speaking guide (until lunch)
- Guided visit to a Prosciutto di Parma producer
- Picture stop at the Castle of Torrechiara
- Guided visit to a Parmigiano-Reggiano dairy with tasting
- Full typical lunch at a farm-to-table restaurant/agriturismo/winemaker
- Guided visit to a producer of real Traditional Balsamic Vinegar with tasting
In front of the Roadhouse Grill restaurant, Viale delle Esposizioni n.3, Parma (right side after exit Motorway A1 Parma centro)