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From Parma: Parmesan, Parma Ham & Balsamic Vinegar Tour

4.7 / 5

67 reviews

Activity provider: Food Valley Travel

From Parma: Parmesan, Parma Ham & Balsamic Vinegar Tour

Activity provider: Food Valley Travel
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From US$ 105.70 per person

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Discover 3 of the most famous Italian food products — Parmigiano-Reggiano, traditional balsamic vinegar, and Parma ham — in just a half-day from Parma and learn why they are so unique.

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Duration 6 hours
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Driver
English, Italian
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • 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

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.

Includes
  • Transportation
  • Guided visit and tasting at a Parmigiano-Reggiano producer
  • Guided visit and tasting at a Prosciutto di Parma producer
  • Guided visit and tasting at a traditional balsamic vinegar producer
  • Guide on board
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
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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Meeting point

Iat Comune Di Parma.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Closed-toe shoes

Not allowed

  • Open-toed shoes

Know before you go

  • The local partner will send you all the relevant details the day before your tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 67 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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Great opportunity to get insights into the most important culinary products of the region, learn about the process and how valuable and high-quality these products are. Italians really have an outstanding view on quality and priority of food in their culture - and tours like this help spreading this important influence. The enthusiasm of the producers that guide the visits to the locations is just a perfect incorporation of the love and dedication to their product. The only down-side was, that although the tour was planned in English, an additional French group that joined the Prosciutto di Parma tour changed the language game to more French which made it hard to follow. Food tasting made up for it though.

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August 15, 2022

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!

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August 8, 2022

Very nice tour. Very good explanations on site. What we personally didn't like was that there was no tour guide on the bus. We got on the bus at the meeting point, no greeting, no explanation of the procedure. The bus driver didn't drive according to the road conditions, which was sometimes very unpleasant. But the goals are worth it!

July 26, 2022

Product ID: 7875