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Parma: Parmigiano Production and Parma Ham Tour & Tasting

1. Parma: Parmigiano Production and Parma Ham Tour & Tasting

Learn the secrets of some Italian specialties on a private tour of Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto factories. Enjoy a hassle-free visit with pickup and drop-off from your hotel in Parma. The tour begins at 8:30 AM when the cheese makers pull the cheese from the milk vats. Watch the masters at work as you hear an overview of Parmigiano Reggiano's history from your local guide. Next, visit the seasoning/storage rooms where the cheese is brought for its last stage of production. At the end of the tour, try some different aged Parmigiano Reggiano and browse the on-site shop where you can purchase local products. After, head to the picturesque hills of Langhirano or Felino, which are home to Prosciutto di Parma Ham. The tour begins with a brief history of the production, followed by a visit to the "cold stage," where fresh meats are processed. Learn how the best meat is chosen and see the salting machinery and refrigeration/resting cells. Take a look in the seasoning chambers and savor the traditional ham aromas in the air. Learn about the "spillatura" and how only the best hams pass the test and are branded as the famed "Crown of Parma." Finally, enjoy a degustation of Parma ham accompanied by a glass of Malvasia, a sparkling white local wine. After the tasting, your guide will bring you to your hotel or accommodation.

Parma: Traditional Cheese Factory Visit with Tasting

2. Parma: Traditional Cheese Factory Visit with Tasting

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.

From Bologna: Parma Cheese & Ham Factory Tours and Tastings

3. From Bologna: Parma Cheese & Ham Factory Tours and Tastings

This tour of Parmesan excellence starts from the Bologna train station where our staff will provide you with tickets for the train from Bologna to Parma and back. Once in Parma you will meet outside the Parma train station with our staff who will will welcome you and make you sit on our minibus or Van. The first stop will be the producer of Parmigiano Reggiano where it will be possible to directly witness the processing of Parmigiano Reggiano. The tour begins at the dairy, a room where the milk is cooked in the so-called "caldere" from which the wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano are then extracted. It will then be possible to visit the brine room and the maturing warehouse in which it will be possible to try to "beat" the Parmigiano Reggiano as the experts of the Consortium do. At the end of the tour there will be a tasting of Parmigiano Reggiano of different ages accompanied by typical mustards and local red wine. We then continue to the ham factory, where the famous Parma ham is born. The visit starts from the rooms where the fresh pork meat is processed and where only the best legs are selected for Parma ham. We then continue in the maturing cellars where the "sugnatura" will be explained and where the Parma hams will be "tapped" in the presence of visitors to discover their aromas and evaluate their goodness. At the end tasting of ham and wine from the hills and then return to the city.

Parma city walking tour

4. Parma city walking tour

This new guided walking tour will allow you to get to know the main treasures of the city and the main food secrets that have made parma a creative city for gastronomy and capital of Italian culture 2020. Parma is also the city of Giuseppe Verdi, our guide will tell you about the great musician's anecdotes. Ancient capital of the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza, the city of Parma has been a university seat since the 11th century. The tour starts from Piazza Garibaldi, the heart of the city and continues among the main monuments, only outdoors, there are no entrances to the monuments. The tour takes place in Italian and English. On Saturdays afternoon in Italian and French.

From Parma: Parmigiano and Parma Ham Guided Food Tour

5. From Parma: Parmigiano and Parma Ham Guided Food Tour

Visit a traditional Parmigiano Reggiano cheese factory and learn the secrets of one of the most celebrated ingredients of Italy. Watch the cheese makers at work and taste some cheese with honey and local wine. See how the cheese – protected by the EU – is still produced following traditional methods. Watch the cheese makers pull the product from the milk vats and 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. Then, taste the delicious cheese with some honey and local wine. After the cheese factory take a short drive to the Parma ham factory. Go to the cellar branding area and see where the meat is cooled, salted, and rested. Taste cold cuts with local wines. Visit an organic Parma ham farm and meet the producer. Finally, taste delicious Parma ham paired with a glass of Malvasia.

Parma: Cheese, Ham, & Balsamic Vinegar Tour with Tastings

6. Parma: Cheese, Ham, & Balsamic Vinegar Tour with Tastings

On a day-long tour, you’ll 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. After, head to the picturesque hills of Langhirano, which are home to Prosciutto di Parma Ham. The tour begins with a brief history of the production, followed by a visit to the "cold stage," where fresh meats are processed. Learn how the best meat is chosen and see the salting machinery and refrigeration/resting cells. Take a look in the seasoning chambers and savor the traditional ham aromas in the air. Learn about the "spillatura" and how only the best hams pass the test and are branded as the famed "Crown of Parma." Finally, enjoy a degustation of Parma ham accompanied by a glass local wine. Then We will discover the secrets of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, one of the hidden and still little-known jewels of the Modena area. We will visit a Traditional Balsamic Vinegar producer and the visit will be followed by tasting of 12 years old, 25 years old Traditional Balsamic Vinegar and other balsamic condiments.

From Parma: Parmesan, Parma Ham & Balsamic Vinegar Tour

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

Get to know the delicious products of Parma on this guided half-day tour. See how they make Parmigiano Reggiano, discover the beautiful Parma countryside, and learn the secrets of balsamic vinegar. Leave from Parma in the morning and head toward the Highlands. Stop at a Parmigiano Reggiano cheese dairy and tour it with your guide. Learn every step of the natural process that leads to the “birth” of the king of all cheeses. Enter the impressive aging rooms and stand surrounded by 5000 Parmigiano Reggiano cheese wheels before tasting cheese of different ages and learning how it improves over time. Return to the bus and travel through the beautiful Parma countryside. Head inside a Parma ham factory and follow the journey of this prestigious ham, from careful meat selection to its meticulous aging. Taste the unique sweetness of Parma ham and other local cold cuts. Next, stop in a cozy trattoria and try the best of Parma cuisine. Dig into delicious starts, tortelli d’erbetta (homemade pasta filled with ricotta cheese and spinach), and a seasonal dessert paired with a glass of Lambrusco wine, water, and coffee. Finish your tour with a visit to a 300-year-old mansion dedicated to balsamic vinegar. Listen to the story of a family that considers vinegar its most precious gift in life and admire barrels filled with black gold, aged up to 25 years. Taste balsamic vinegar of different ages and discover unusual recipes before returning to Parma.

Parma: Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese Tour

8. 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: Parmigiano Reggiano Museum Ticket with Tasting Option

9. Parma: Parmigiano Reggiano Museum Ticket with Tasting Option

Learn about the world-famous parmesan cheese in the heart of Parma, with an entry ticket to the Parmigiano Reggiano Museum, with an optional cheese tasting add-on. Wander the Castellazzi complex, including the original stables and ancient hay barn, dating back to the 17th century. Explore the main house at the Parmigiano Reggiano Museum, which has retained the original stables with vaulted roofs, a historic hay barn, and a circular cheese plant. Discover more recent additions such as the basement milk room and salting room. Learn about the different types of tools and equipment used in the cheese making process, both historically and in modern times. Marvel at the Castellazzi complex and surrounding Emilia-Romagna region or enjoy the option of a parmesan cheese tasting add-on.

Parma: Parmigiano-Reggiano Tour and Tasting

10. Parma: Parmigiano-Reggiano Tour and Tasting

Meet the dairy guide directly on site and start your visit with an authentic producer of Parmigiano-Reggiano PDO: you’ll discover how the King of all cheeses has been literally made by hand in the same way since the Benedictine monks invented it 10 centuries ago! From the curdling into the typical copper heaters to the salting and the final aging in the so-called wheel cathedrals, you will be a privileged witness of almost all the steps of production of this out-and-out food icon. Tasting at the end. You will join a shared tour made by the staff of the dairy farm.

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Parma: Parmigiano Production and Parma Ham Tour & Tasting

Parma: Parmigiano Production and Parma Ham Tour & Tasting

Learn the secrets of some Italian specialties on a private tour of Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto factories. Enjoy a hassle-free visit with pickup and drop-off from your hotel in Parma. The tour begins at 8:30 AM when the cheese makers pull the cheese from the milk vats. Watch the masters at work as you hear an overview of Parmigiano Reggiano's history from your local guide. Next, visit the seasoning/storage rooms where the cheese is brought for its last stage of production. At the end of the tour, try some different aged Parmigiano Reggiano and browse the on-site shop where you can purchase local products. After, head to the picturesque hills of Langhirano or Felino, which are home to Prosciutto di Parma Ham. The tour begins with a brief history of the production, followed by a visit to the "cold stage," where fresh meats are processed. Learn how the best meat is chosen and see the salting machinery and refrigeration/resting cells. Take a look in the seasoning chambers and savor the traditional ham aromas in the air. Learn about the "spillatura" and how only the best hams pass the test and are branded as the famed "Crown of Parma." Finally, enjoy a degustation of Parma ham accompanied by a glass of Malvasia, a sparkling white local wine. After the tasting, your guide will bring you to your hotel or accommodation.

Parma: Traditional Cheese Factory Visit with Tasting

Parma: Traditional Cheese Factory Visit with Tasting

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.

From Bologna: Parma Cheese & Ham Factory Tours and Tastings

From Bologna: Parma Cheese & Ham Factory Tours and Tastings

This tour of Parmesan excellence starts from the Bologna train station where our staff will provide you with tickets for the train from Bologna to Parma and back. Once in Parma you will meet outside the Parma train station with our staff who will will welcome you and make you sit on our minibus or Van. The first stop will be the producer of Parmigiano Reggiano where it will be possible to directly witness the processing of Parmigiano Reggiano. The tour begins at the dairy, a room where the milk is cooked in the so-called "caldere" from which the wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano are then extracted. It will then be possible to visit the brine room and the maturing warehouse in which it will be possible to try to "beat" the Parmigiano Reggiano as the experts of the Consortium do. At the end of the tour there will be a tasting of Parmigiano Reggiano of different ages accompanied by typical mustards and local red wine. We then continue to the ham factory, where the famous Parma ham is born. The visit starts from the rooms where the fresh pork meat is processed and where only the best legs are selected for Parma ham. We then continue in the maturing cellars where the "sugnatura" will be explained and where the Parma hams will be "tapped" in the presence of visitors to discover their aromas and evaluate their goodness. At the end tasting of ham and wine from the hills and then return to the city.

Parma city walking tour

Parma city walking tour

This new guided walking tour will allow you to get to know the main treasures of the city and the main food secrets that have made parma a creative city for gastronomy and capital of Italian culture 2020. Parma is also the city of Giuseppe Verdi, our guide will tell you about the great musician's anecdotes. Ancient capital of the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza, the city of Parma has been a university seat since the 11th century. The tour starts from Piazza Garibaldi, the heart of the city and continues among the main monuments, only outdoors, there are no entrances to the monuments. The tour takes place in Italian and English. On Saturdays afternoon in Italian and French.

From Parma: Parmigiano and Parma Ham Guided Food Tour

From Parma: Parmigiano and Parma Ham Guided Food Tour

Visit a traditional Parmigiano Reggiano cheese factory and learn the secrets of one of the most celebrated ingredients of Italy. Watch the cheese makers at work and taste some cheese with honey and local wine. See how the cheese – protected by the EU – is still produced following traditional methods. Watch the cheese makers pull the product from the milk vats and 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. Then, taste the delicious cheese with some honey and local wine. After the cheese factory take a short drive to the Parma ham factory. Go to the cellar branding area and see where the meat is cooled, salted, and rested. Taste cold cuts with local wines. Visit an organic Parma ham farm and meet the producer. Finally, taste delicious Parma ham paired with a glass of Malvasia.

Parma: Cheese, Ham, & Balsamic Vinegar Tour with Tastings

Parma: Cheese, Ham, & Balsamic Vinegar Tour with Tastings

On a day-long tour, you’ll 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. After, head to the picturesque hills of Langhirano, which are home to Prosciutto di Parma Ham. The tour begins with a brief history of the production, followed by a visit to the "cold stage," where fresh meats are processed. Learn how the best meat is chosen and see the salting machinery and refrigeration/resting cells. Take a look in the seasoning chambers and savor the traditional ham aromas in the air. Learn about the "spillatura" and how only the best hams pass the test and are branded as the famed "Crown of Parma." Finally, enjoy a degustation of Parma ham accompanied by a glass local wine. Then We will discover the secrets of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, one of the hidden and still little-known jewels of the Modena area. We will visit a Traditional Balsamic Vinegar producer and the visit will be followed by tasting of 12 years old, 25 years old Traditional Balsamic Vinegar and other balsamic condiments.

From Parma: Parmesan, Parma Ham & Balsamic Vinegar Tour

From Parma: Parmesan, Parma Ham & Balsamic Vinegar Tour

Get to know the delicious products of Parma on this guided half-day tour. See how they make Parmigiano Reggiano, discover the beautiful Parma countryside, and learn the secrets of balsamic vinegar. Leave from Parma in the morning and head toward the Highlands. Stop at a Parmigiano Reggiano cheese dairy and tour it with your guide. Learn every step of the natural process that leads to the “birth” of the king of all cheeses. Enter the impressive aging rooms and stand surrounded by 5000 Parmigiano Reggiano cheese wheels before tasting cheese of different ages and learning how it improves over time. Return to the bus and travel through the beautiful Parma countryside. Head inside a Parma ham factory and follow the journey of this prestigious ham, from careful meat selection to its meticulous aging. Taste the unique sweetness of Parma ham and other local cold cuts. Next, stop in a cozy trattoria and try the best of Parma cuisine. Dig into delicious starts, tortelli d’erbetta (homemade pasta filled with ricotta cheese and spinach), and a seasonal dessert paired with a glass of Lambrusco wine, water, and coffee. Finish your tour with a visit to a 300-year-old mansion dedicated to balsamic vinegar. Listen to the story of a family that considers vinegar its most precious gift in life and admire barrels filled with black gold, aged up to 25 years. Taste balsamic vinegar of different ages and discover unusual recipes before returning to Parma.

Parma: Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese Tour

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: Parmigiano Reggiano Museum Ticket with Tasting Option

Parma: Parmigiano Reggiano Museum Ticket with Tasting Option

Learn about the world-famous parmesan cheese in the heart of Parma, with an entry ticket to the Parmigiano Reggiano Museum, with an optional cheese tasting add-on. Wander the Castellazzi complex, including the original stables and ancient hay barn, dating back to the 17th century. Explore the main house at the Parmigiano Reggiano Museum, which has retained the original stables with vaulted roofs, a historic hay barn, and a circular cheese plant. Discover more recent additions such as the basement milk room and salting room. Learn about the different types of tools and equipment used in the cheese making process, both historically and in modern times. Marvel at the Castellazzi complex and surrounding Emilia-Romagna region or enjoy the option of a parmesan cheese tasting add-on.

Parma: Parmigiano-Reggiano Tour and Tasting

Parma: Parmigiano-Reggiano Tour and Tasting

Meet the dairy guide directly on site and start your visit with an authentic producer of Parmigiano-Reggiano PDO: you’ll discover how the King of all cheeses has been literally made by hand in the same way since the Benedictine monks invented it 10 centuries ago! From the curdling into the typical copper heaters to the salting and the final aging in the so-called wheel cathedrals, you will be a privileged witness of almost all the steps of production of this out-and-out food icon. Tasting at the end. You will join a shared tour made by the staff of the dairy farm.

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Overall rating

4.7
(26 reviews)

We enjoyed our tour so much. Our guide Marika, was an absolute expert, explaining the production of the parmigiano reggiano, proscuitto di Parma and traditional balsmaic vinegar. It was great to go to smaller, family run businesses. The producers were very welcoming and we had to the opportunity to do lots of tasting along the way. The staff at the trattoria, where we had lunch were very friendly. I would highly recommend this tour.

Jacamo was great- he gave us lots of good info as we drove and went over all the different aspects of the production of the Parmesan, ham and balsamic. The lunch was nice and it was fun to chat casually with a small group. It was great to see all 3 places and we enjoyed the tours a lot

We had an amazing day!! I highly recommend this tour to anyone who truly loves food & loves to cook!!

One of the best trips we've ever had. An experience we won't soon forget.

Food was plentiful. All the stops were worthwhile. Right amount of time