From Parma: Parmesan, Parma Ham & Balsamic Vinegar Tour

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From Parma: Parmesan, Parma Ham & Balsamic Vinegar Tour

From $129.75 per person

Discover three of the most famous and typical Italian food products — Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, traditional balsamic vinegar, and Prosciutto di Parma ham — in just half a day. Understand why they are so unique on this real flavor adventure from Parma.

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Duration 6 hours
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English, Italian
Wheelchair accessible
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Limited to 8 participants


  • Visit selected family-run producers of Parmigiano-Reggiano, balsamic vinegar, and Prosciutto di Parma
  • Take guided tours of the production sites directly with the owners
  • Sample the cheese and vinegar with included tastings
  • Relish an included tasting lunch at the ham producer with local wine
Full description
The day begins with departure from Parma at 8:45 AM. Head toward the highlands and visit an authentic cheese dairy of Parmigiano-Reggiano (Parmesan) PDO with a local host at 9 AM. This historical producer began in 1846 and is one of the few that operates with the full production cycle from grass to cows to milk to cheese. Discover how the “King of Cheeses” is still made just as it was centuries ago by the monks who invented it. See its handmade production, the salt pools, and the “wheel cathedral,” a big aging room with real walls of cheese made up of up to 20,000 cheese wheels. At 10:30 AM, transfer to the province of Reggio-Emilia to admire a real acetaia (vinegar cellar) housing ancient barrels of traditional balsamic vinegar. Learn the difference between the "black gold" and the balsamic condiments that you usually find in the supermarkets. At the end of the visit, savor a tasting of 3 different ages of traditional balsamic vinegar PDO. Between 12:15 PM–12:30 PM, make your way back to the province of Parma to visit a real Prosciutto di Parma PDO producer. See everything from the fresh meat production rooms to the aging cellars before settling down for a final tasting lunch that includes Prosciutto di Parma PDO, other typical local cured meats, Parmigiano-Reggiano PDO, homemade cakes, local wine, water, and coffee. At 2 PM, the tour ends and you head back to Parma.
  • Private transportation by car/minivan/minibus
  • English-speaking driver
  • Onsite guides at the 3 locations
  • Tastings at the cheese dairy and at the balsamic vinegar producer
  • Tasting/lunch at the ham producer
  • Special surprise gift
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Onboard guide (English-speaking driver only)
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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    Iat Comune Di Parma.

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    • Comfortable shoes
    • Camera
    • Closed-toe shoes

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    • Open-toed shoes

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    • The local partner will send you all the relevant details the day before your tour
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    4.8 / 5

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    In the small cheese factory we could really see the complete creation of a Parmesan. Everything was explained very well. With the balsamic vinegar it was a little different, we only get shown the barrels in which the vinegar matures and a story is told. Then three drops for tasting, that's it. That was a little poor. Next door was the vineyard, I would have liked to try the grapes or see how they are pressed. In the ham factory you basically get shown the whole process, only the workers were on their lunch break and consequently nothing was to be seen, except a lot of hanging hams. Even so, everything was explained well and the tasting was very good too.

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    September 20, 2020


    This was all we expected and more! The tours of the factories were fun and educational and our guide knew exactly what she was talking about and spoke great English! We have recommended this to all friends traveling to the area. Ending the day at the winery was the perfect way to spend our American Thanksgiving!

    February 5, 2017

    Michelle our tour guide was the best and most informative. A++++++

    Our Parma tour was the highlight of our trip to Parma. Michelle our tour guide was excellent.She was so personable and knew every aspect of the cheese making and prochutto curing process and also the history.She was a walking enclyopedia of knowledge on the subjects. Michelle Thank you for a super experience!!!!!!-Alex Giovanelli and Jr.

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    December 6, 2013

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