HIGHLIGHTS:

Our New Super Full Day "Food & Wine Safari"!

Private expert guide, private visits & tastings at Parmigiano, Prosciutto, Balsamic Vinegar, Culatello and Parma wines producers, full typical lunch, panoramic views.

Duration: Full day
Departures from: Bologna , Milano , Modena , Parma , Reggio Emilia
Experience performed in: Province of Parma

AVAILABLE: Wednesday to Sunday

WHERE: Province of Parma (up to 80 km south-east + north)

 FROM: Parma, Reggio-Emilia, Modena, Bologna, Milan

DURATION: 7 hours + transfer times

TYPE OF TOUR: Private, educational, experiential, full-immersion

TOUR TIME: 8.30 am in Parma

 MEETING: Safe point at motorway exit Parma centro (if self-drive); Your hotel downtown / train station (if car&driver selected) 

 

 

Only for the braves! 

A full immersion "Food & Wine Safari" from the hills to the lowlands of Parma to learn about the 5 big milestones of the Emilian cuisine, all marked with Denomination of Protected Origin and known by the top-notch chefs around the world: Parmigiano-Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, Culatello di Zibello and Vini dei Colli di Parma. No dinner needed at the end!

 

  08.30am: Meet our guide in Parma and head on to visit 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 ageing 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.

  To follow: Picture-stop at the medieval fortified village of Torrechiara dominated by its breathtaking castle: one of the most spectacular among the manors included in the Italian network called Castles of the Duchy, it dates back to the early Renaissance time and – with its gentle lines and the golden frescoes housed in the highest tower – it still represents the switch from the Middle Ages to the modern era.

  11.45 am: Guided visit with final tasting at one of the family-run ham factories producing the mythical Prosciutto di Parma PDO: you will get to know why the best ham can only be made in the hills of Parma, where the Marino wind blows from the Ligurian Sea through the river valley.

  12.30/45 pm: Full lunch at a wine maker’s in the hills of Parma to celebrate the perfect marriage between the local cuisine and the most typical CDO wines: Prosciutto as well as other kind of local cold cuts, a typical stuffed pasta dish (tortelli di Parma), homemade cakes, all paired up with the best glasses of sparkling white Malvasia and red Rosso dei Colli!

  02:15 pm: Transfer to the province of Reggio/Emilia.

  02:45 pm: Guided visit & tasting at a family-run production of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar PDO.

  03:45 pm: Head on to the lowlands of Parma, the only area where Culatello di Zibello is produced. (1 HOUR DRIVING FROM THE HILLSIDE)

  05:00 pm: Guided visit to an utmost artisanal family-run production of Culatello di Zibello PDO housed in the ancient cellars of a medieval castle together with a farm-to-table Michelin starred restaurant and a country-chic Relais. Final tasting of this unique pork cured meat paired with a glass of local wine Fortana. 

Inclusions: 
  • Private licensed expert guide for Parmigiano, Prosciutto and lunchtime (English /
    other languages if available) + staff persons/owners for the private visits at the Balsamic Vinegar and the Culatello productions’
  • Guided visit & tasting at a Parmigiano-Reggiano dairy with final tasting
  • Picture stop at the Castle of Torrechiara
  • Guided visit & tasting at a Prosciutto di Parma producer’s
  • Typical full lunch at a wine maker’s with dedicated food and wine pairing
  • Guided visit & tasting at a Traditional Balsamic Vinegar producer’s
  • Guided visit & tasting at an artisanal Culatello di Zibello producer’s

Exclusions: 

  • Everything not mentioned in the inclusions.

 

Cancellation policy: 

  • No fee up to 8 days before the starting day;
  • From 7 days to 3 days before the tour starting date: 50% penalty;
  • 48 hours' notice: 70% penalty;
  • 24 hours' notice: 100% penalty.

Please note:

  • Program: the described program may undergo minor changes in the timings
  • Pick-ups: If you choose the car+driver option the price is calculated considering a pick-up from Parma or immediate surroundings (max 15 Km). Pick-ups from other locations can be purchased with a surcharge to be agreed upon by email request.
  • Our drivers are NOT driver-guides, since this kind of professional profile is forbidden by the Italian law.
  • Guide: The guides are let to decide whether they wish/can join the pax in their car/van, according to their insurance grade and their day shifts. Buying the car+driver supplement increases the possibilities of having a guide on board.  
  • It is not guaranteed to see the craftsmen at work at every production: being artisanal and not industrial products, the working cycle is not repeated every day at the same time (eg. Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, wine making, Prosciutto di Parma, Culatello).

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