Parma: Parmesan, Culatello di Zibello, and Giuseppe Verdi

Parma: Parmesan, Culatello di Zibello, and Giuseppe Verdi

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Discover two of the most prestigious and typical Italian food products: Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and Culatello di Zibello. Whilst learning about these products, take in the sights of the home of the famous Italian composer, Giuseppe Verdi.

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Duration 6.5 hours
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Italian, English
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  • Visit selected family-run producers of Parmigiano-Reggiano and Culatello di Zibello
  • Take guided tours of the production sites with the owners
  • Enjoy local tastings
  • Relish a tasting lunch at the ham producer, paired with local wine
  • Visit the magnificent Giuseppe Verdi Theatre
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Your experience begins at 8:45M with your departure from Parma's town square towards the Lowlands. Once there, meet with your local host and visit the authentic cheese dairy of the Parmigiano-Reggiano PDO. Discover how the "king of all cheese" is still made the same way it was centuries ago, back when the Benedectine monks invented it. Observe the workers crafting the products by hand, the salt pools, the wheel cathedral, and a big ageing room containing real walls of cheese. Following that, visit a unique farm which boasts its own fruit and vegetable cultivation and breeds an ancient breed of black pig. You then visit Antica Corte Pallavicina, a medieval court where can admire the brand-new Museum of Culatello di Zibello PDO. Learn about the history and the making of this amazing product in a dedicated educational room, and discover the aging cellars which date back to the 13th century, where the "king of cured meats" Culatello di Zibello PDO has rested for years. If you feel like it, you can follow the final open-air path along the banks of the Po River, with various points of environmental interest along the way. A tasting session/lunch follows at the end of your visit, consisting of a large selection of farm products including Culatello di Zibello PDO, salame gentile, Strolghino di Culatello, lard, Cotto Spigaroli (cooked ham), giardiniera (pickled vegetables), and homemade focaccia. All of this is paired with 2 different wines: dry Lambrusco and Fortana del Taro. In the afternoon, transfer to Busseto - the town of Giuseppe Verdi, for a guided visit of its amazing little theater dedicated to this amazing composer. You're then awarded free time for a stroll in this typical charming little town to discover its tiny food delis and hidden corners. Your day later concludes as you head back to Parma, where your estimated arrival is approximately 3:30PM.
  • Private transportation by car/minivan/minibus with an English-speaking driver
  • Guides on site at the different locations (there is no guide on board)
  • Tasting at the cheese dairy
  • Entry to the Museum of Culatello di Zibello and medieval aging cellars
  • Lunch with typical tastings at the Culatello di Zibello producer
  • Including wine pairing,
  • Guided visit of the Giuseppe Verdi Theatre in Busseto
  • Special gift
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Onboard guide
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Please meet at Iat Comune Di Parma, Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi, 4, 43121 Parma.

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    • There is the possibility to stop at Fidenza Village upon request for discounted shopping and special services
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