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Parma: Parmigiano and Prosciutto Guided Tour

1. 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.

From Florence: Parmesan, Balsamic Vinegar, & Prosciutto Tour

2. From Florence: Parmesan, Balsamic Vinegar, & Prosciutto Tour

This tour from Florence shows you how Parmigiano Reggiano, balsamic vinegar of Modena, and prosciutto ham are produced. Visit regional factories and estates and taste products unique to the region of Emilia-Romagna. Enjoy a typical traditional lunch entirely made with fresh, 0 km ingredients. Start your trip by stepping back in time and learn how Parmigiano Reggiano is produced at a biological caseificio (cheese factory). Find out why the provinces of Parma, Modena, and Reggio Emilia are the only ones that can produce authentic Parmigiano Reggiano. Watch cheesemakers at work as they cook the milk to separate the whey and lift the Parmigiano Reggiano, then head to the aging room. Admire the rows upon rows of cheese wheels and inhale their sweet scent. Taste various types of Parmesan cheese and ricotta paired with local products. Next, head towards an acetaia (balsamic vinegar factory), where you will serve a multi-course lunch typical of the Emilia-Romagna region. You will learn about balsamic vinegar-food pairing. Every served dish is carefully paired with several varieties of balsamic vinegar. After lunch, join a private tour of the estate and its cellars. Receive a full introduction into the balsamic vinegar making process, from the pressing of the grapes and cooking the wort in the boiler to the filtration and mixing process. Taste different types of balsamic vinegar, such as “Tradizionale” and “Extravecchio." Then, head to a prosciuttificio (prosciutto factory). You will tour the factory, visit the production rooms, and understand how ham processing works. Conclude your tour at a tasting of their products: hams both raw and cooked, such as culatta, lardo, salami, prosciutto cotto, prosciutto al tartufo. The cold-cuts will be accompanied by a typical bread from Emilia-Romagna called crescentine, or tigelle. Head back to Florence.

Parma: Fidenza Village, Parma City Center, and Food Tasting

3. Parma: Fidenza Village, Parma City Center, and Food Tasting

Discover the beautiful city center of Parma, Italy's Capital of Culture 2020 on this walking tour with local food tasting. Sample some local eats at quaint little food and wine shops. Meet your guide in the morning or afternoon and start exploring Parma's fantastic city center. Seek out small, traditional food and wine shops, enjoy tastings, and chat with the locals. Learn more about the history of Parma. From the 1000 year-old medieval district to the frescoes of the Renaissance artists in the domes, to the neoclassic Teatro Regio, the city's buildings represent many different periods in Italian history.

Parma: Self-Drive Food Tour with Tastings and Lunch

4. 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.

From Milan: Parma and Bologna Private Day Trip

5. From Milan: Parma and Bologna Private Day Trip

Enjoy a Private Tour of Parma and Bologna from Milan for twelve hours with a private tour guide for two hours in each city and a private luxury vehicle with a chauffeur that will pick you up and drop you off from your hotel in Milan. Once your private chauffeur has picked you up, besides your private tour guide you will go ahead to your first destination. You will discover Parma, a city in the north of Italy that has remarkable medieval architecture and beautiful forests surrounding it. Your private tour guide will show you the tourist attractions of the city such as the cathedral with Romanesque style, the opera house Teatro, the Baptistery with Romanesque and Gothic styles and much more. When you finish visiting Parma you will go ahead to your destination, Bologna which is one of the best-preserved historic cities and has one of the largest medieval old towns in Europe. You will visit as well the tourist attractions of Bologna such as the two medieval famous towers, the Piazza Maggiore, the Basilica of San Petronio known for being one of the largest churches in existence, the basilica of San Francisco known for being a Gothic church and much more. After visiting the two cities, your private chauffeur will drop you off at your hotel in Milan or your place of preference inside the city.

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4.7 / 5

based on 26 reviews

My 10 year daughter and I took this tour last week and had such a wonderful time! The tours of the facilities where they produce parmesan cheese, parma ham and balsamic vinegar were very interesting and inspiring for the amateur chef/foodie in us all! Our lunch at the agriturismo was also amazing with breathtaking views and delicious food and wine! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who has an appreciation for these amazing products!

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.

Excellent tour. It was a private tour, and we could move along at our own pace. Bel was our driver and guide. Extremely helpful, very knowledgable. Take a private tour if you can. It is worth every cent we paid for. So much so that we cancelled one of those big group tours, and had Bel again to bring us to Cinque Terre. Once again, she did not fail us. Thank you for a wonderful experience!

Despite the bad weather this experience will be a life lasting memory for us. Our tour guide was well qualified, funny and kind. The tastings and the lunch were delicious. The knowledge we obtained will be definitely helpful in the future when buying these products. I recommend it to everyone who likes italian food!!

Very competent, local tour management, who showed us the most important and beautiful sights of Parma in a compact amount of time and the culinary delights ham, cheese and other delicacies could be tasted in selected locations. Thanks very much!