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From Parma: Parmesan, Parma Ham & Balsamic Vinegar Tour

1. From Parma: Parmesan, Parma Ham & Balsamic Vinegar Tour

Set off on a food and fun-filled experience from Parma. See for yourself where some of your favorite, classically Italian products are made — a Parmigiano-Reggiano producer in the Highlands, a Prosciutto di Parma perfecter in Parma's hills, and a balsamic vinegar creator in Reggio-Emilia. A guide will lead you around at each stop. Depart from Parma towards the so-called Highlands. Meet the first local host directly on-site and visit an authentic family-run producer of Parmigiano-Reggiano. You’ll be a privileged witness of a magical practice repeated every single day in the same way for at least 1,000 years now. Taste 2-3 different agings of this famous hard cheese. Hop back on board and head on to the panoramic hills of Parma. Explore a small, artisanal, family-run Prosciutto di Parma complex, from the fresh meat trimming area and the drying rooms upstairs to the final aging cellars. Sample Prosciutto di Parma, other typical cured meats, Parmigiano Reggiano, homemade cakes, local wine and water. Head on to the province of Reggio-Emilia. Perhaps the most mysterious product of the region, traditional balsamic vinegar, will be unveiled at a small top-notch family-run farm producing Lambrusco wine and a full range of acetic products. Learn the difference between the authentic "black gold" product and the balsamic condiments that you usually find in supermarkets. End with a delicious tasting of 3 agings of traditional balsamic vinegar before heading back to Parma.

Parma: Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese Tour

2. Parma: Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese Tour

Learn the origins of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese throughout a visit to a cheese factory in Parma. Hear how this cheese, protected by the EU, is still produced following traditional methods. Exclusively made in the Zona Tipica of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, and parts of Bologna and Mantova, Parmesan cheese dates back over 9 centuries. Watch the cheese makers pull the product from the milk vats, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the process of cooking and separating the whey. You'll then visit the shaping and salting rooms, before going to the stagionatura where the cheese is aged. Savor the sight and smell of thousands of wheels of cheese, and learn about the strict tests performed by the Consorzio, such as hammering the cheeses before the fire-branding ritual. Finally, taste the delicious cheese accompanied by some honey and local wine.

Parma: Traditional Food Tour

3. Parma: Traditional Food Tour

With this gastronomic tour in Parma you can immerse yourself in the local gastronomic culture accompanied by a local expert, a person who lives here and who knows all the secrets and curiosities about the area. You will discover local restaurants and the most hidden places, frequented only by locals. Come and taste some of the most famous dishes of the Emilia- Romagna tradition and immerse yourself in the culinary and cultural traditions of this beautiful city. Some of the possible tastings on this tour include: a board of cold cuts, Parmigiano cheese, and glass of wine; Tortelli (egg pasta filled with differents ingredients); Carciofa (a delicious and cheesy quiche; Bomba di riso (a rice timbale seasoned with a meat sauce; and Tigelle, prepared with a mixture of flour, lard, yeast, and water (typically stuffed with salami). You can also try a Duchessa cake – the typical Sunday dessert for local families, and enjoy a Caffè espresso – the only way to end a meal in Italy.

From Parma: Parma Ham Farm Tour and Tasting

4. From Parma: Parma Ham Farm Tour and Tasting

Immerse yourself in the age-old traditions of Parma ham production on a guided tour and tasting at a ham farm. After getting picked up from your accommodation in Parma, make your way to the traditional farm. Here, meet your guide and set out to discover the secrets of the region's most famous delicacy. Explore the small organic farm, meet the producers, and learn everything there is to know about the entire process from farm to plate, from breeding and raising the pigs, to selecting and salting the fresh haunches, and visit the cooling, salting and resting rooms.  Then, visit the cellar branding areas, which are usually inaccessible to the public, where the "Naso" adds the fire branding of the twin crowns of Parma Ham, certifying the ham fit for the tables of the top restaurants of Parma, Italy, and the world. Finally, enjoy an expert-led tasting of the delicious hams, paired with local delicacies and wines.

Parma: Parmigiano and Prosciutto Guided Tour

5. Parma: Parmigiano and Prosciutto Guided Tour

Meet your expert guide at Roadhouse Restaurant in Parma, on Viale delle Esposizioni. Begin the culinary tour at an authentic producer of Parmigiano-Reggiano, discovering how the "King of all Cheeses" has been made in the same way since the Benedectine monks invented it centuries ago. Finish the tour with a tasting of this exquisite cheese. Continue to the medieval village of Torrechiara for a photo opportunity by its romantic castle. Then, travel to one of Parma's family-run ham factories producing the famous Prosciutto di Parma. There, you can enjoy a lunch based on the typical products of the region at a farm-to-table restaurant. Enjoy Parmigiano, prosciutto, local cold cuts, a typical filled pasta dish (tortelli di Parma), and homemade cakes. Pair your lunch with delicious local wines like Lambrusco and Malvasia.

Parma: Gastronomic Tour with Lunch

6. Parma: Gastronomic Tour with Lunch

Discover the production of two excellences of Italian cuisine, Parmigiano Reggiano and Parma Hak, on a gastronomic tour from Bologna. After being picked up from your accommodation in Bologna or Modena, head to Italy's food capital declared as UNESCO Creative City for gastronomy since 2015. Learn more about Parma and its local cuisine that is so popular that it often ends up dominating conversations among locals. Visit the historic Parmigiano Reggiano factory where an expert guide will show you the stages of production, and you'll be able to taste some of the cheese made by the factory. Then, get up close to the production of the famous Parma Ham. Learn the secrets of this Italian delicacy followed by a tasting paired with a glass of local wine.  Following the Parma Ham factory, your driver will take you to a local restaurant famous for its regional dishes. Here you can enjoy a two-course lunch, including water and wine. Finally, head back to your accommodation in Bologna or Modena.

Parma Classic Walking Tour

7. Parma Classic Walking Tour

This tour takes you on a journey from the Roman era in Parma, through to the Middle Ages. You will discover the beauty of Romanesque designs and the rich heritage of the Renaissance here. Along the way, you will see Benedetto Antelami's Baptistery with its marvellous paintings and the Bishop's Palace, dating back to 11th Century. The itinerary also includes the Pilotta Palace, with its unique Farnese theater. Stroll through the historical center of Parma and see the Teatro Regio (Opera House), the main square, and other historical buildings.

Parma: Prosciutto Di Parma (Parma Ham) Museum Ticket

8. Parma: Prosciutto Di Parma (Parma Ham) Museum Ticket

Visit the Parma Museum of Prosciutto and Cured Meat Products, located in the massive edifice of the former cattle market in Langhirano, the fatherland of Parma Prosciutto. The cattle market is an attraction in itself; the result of an urban renewal process designed to bring touristic and cultural attractions to the area along the River Parma. Learn the significance that this cattle market holds for the city of Parma and learn how the city has transformed in the past years. Throughout the exhibition, discover the cultural and historical significance of His Majesty the Parma Prosciutto. This prosciutto is a true treat to the palette, one that shouldn't just be tasted, but truly savored. Learn the process that results in the exquisite flavors and quality that Prosciutto of Parma is known for today. Those who wish to taste the Prosciutto of Parma may choose to add a tasting to their entry ticket.

Parma: Private Walking Tour w/ a Local Guide

9. Parma: Private Walking Tour w/ a Local Guide

Join this private walking tour led by a local guide to discover the beautiful city of Parma. Discover the medieval epoch, the rich legacy of Renaissance art, the splendor of the Farnese era, the Bourbon reconstruction of the state, the happy period under the rule of the Duchess Maria Luigia of Austria and, finally, the contemporary era. Follow you guide and explore the church St. John the Evangelist, the central Piazza Duomo and its monuments, the Basilica of Santa Maria della Steccata. You'll also pass along the Teatro Regio, the Palazzo della Pilotta and the Palazzo Ducale and get to know their histories and importance in town through the words of your guide.

Parma: Self-Drive Food Tour with Tastings and Lunch

10. Parma: Self-Drive Food Tour with Tastings and Lunch

Spend a day exploring Parma and taste the very best food this region has to offer. See how authentic Parmigiano, Prosciutto, and balsamic vinegar are produced, and visit a farm-to-table restaurant for an authentic Italian lunch. Start your foodie adventure with a visit to a producer of Parmigiano-Reggiano PDO. Learn each step involved in creating the king of cheeses, visit the wheel cathedrals where cheese wheels are stacked by the hundreds and left to mature, and end your tour with a cheese tasting. Make a short stop at the medieval village of Torrechiara to admire the 15th-century castle that dominates the landscape before continuing your tour with a visit to a family-run producer of Prosciutto di Parma PDO. Learn why this dry-cured ham can only be produced in the hills around Parma, where the conditions are perfect for natural curing. Take a break for a traditional lunch of Prosciutto di Parma PDO and other cured meats, Parmigiano, and Tortelli di Parma. Discover the selection of local wines and end lunch on a sweet note with a homemade cake. After lunch, head to the province of Reggio Emilia or Modena for a guided tour of a family-run balsamic vinegar PDO producer where you'll have the opportunity to taste the intense flavors of traditional aceto balsamico.

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What people are saying about Parma

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 375 reviews

Excellent guide. She was extremely knowledgeable and clearly passionate about the city where she was born and raised. She took me to a gelato place that had the best gelato I’ve had in Italy, and a wonderful variety of Parma hams accompanied by torta frita, tortelli, Parmesan cheese, and sparking wine. She’s wonderfully brilliant, and I learned so much about this special city from this experience. Highly recommend.

Three totally different places. Everything was good. Parmesan - Lovely family buisness. Explained everything. After you got taste of everything. Parma Ham - Lots and lots of pig foots. Actually it was nice to know everything and taste different kind on ham. Balsamic vinegar - Small, very beatyful place with excellent taste of balsamic. Fantastic Overall everything was great, and we loved it!

Wonderful experience. Had the chance to see one of the owners of the cheese factory make the cheese and see the different rooms for each step of the process that the cheese goes through. We were able to taste the cheese with balsamic vinegar and wine, and it was amazing. Definitely worth the ticket purchase.

Nice interesting excursion where you get to hear the story behind the ham. You walk through the process and see the process from source (hind leg) to Bord (tasting after the excursion) The man we had told the story nicely and knew a lot about the history.

A very interesting trip, you can see for yourself how parmiggiano reggiano, prosciutto di Parma and balsamic vinegar are made. The people who showed us around were very nice and were happy to answer questions.