HIGHLIGHTS:

A true dive into the good old times

Spend a fairy-tale night at a country-chic dwelling in the hills of Parma

Enjoy the excellence of parmigiano, prosciutto and aceto balsamico

 

Duration: 2 days
Departures from: Parma
Experience performed in: Province of Parma

AVAILABLE: Monday to Sunday, from April to October

WHERE: Parma hills (40 min from downtown)

FROM: Tba

DURATION: 2 days - 1 night (extra night on request among the supplements) 

TYPE OF TOUR: Private, country-chic, slow-pace, stunning landscapes, top-notch foods 

TOUR TIMEDay 1: tba pm / Day 2: 08:30 am 

MEETING: Day 1: Castrignano, (if self-drive)/ Your hotel (if car&driver requested) / Day 2: Langhirano (if self-drive) / Your B&B (if car&driver requested)

 

A true dive into the good old times when even the noblest houses were made of bare stone, everyday life was ruled by sunlight and food only came from the farms nearby: jump on the time machine, spend a fairy-tale night at a country-chic dwelling in the hills of Parma and enjoy the excellence of parmigiano, prosciutto and aceto balsamico from a close-up perspective! 

 

Day 1             

  03:00 pm: Arrival in Castrignano, in the very heart of an area comprised in the UNESCO’s world network for Men and Biosphere.  Check-in at Rocca di Castrignano, a once-upon-a-time but ultra-comfortable country-chic B&B nestled into a series of rural buildings dating back to the 1400s and 1700s. As a partner of the high-end touristic network called Castles of the Duchy, this ancient housing complex has been recently renovated upon the state-of-the-art guidelines given by the State Department for Fine Arts and provided with the most sustainable and non-invasive service standards.

 Guided visit of the Rocca’s private spaces within an overview description of its strategic importance along the medieval trades & pilgrims’ route called Via Francigena.

  To follow: Meeting with our expert licensed environmental tour guide and head on to a second historic residence of the area (own car or via a 90-min medium intensity hiking path).

  05:30 pm: Arrival at Palazzo Scaroni, another peculiar noble dwelling in rural style dating back to the 1700s. Together with the guide – who is also the owner, by the way! – you will take a look to the ancient rooms with original furniture, the annexed porticoes, the beautiful garden on the back… and the secret cellars hiding the family’s own production of Balsamic Vinegar! Final tasting at the end upon the typical Italian merenda style. 

  07:00 pm: Back to the B&B.

  Dinner:  At own care and charge (see among the available supplements).

 

 Day 2

  Breakfast:  Rich breakfast with farm-to-table ingredients and check-out.

  08:00 am: Meeting with the owner – another licensed tour guide herself! – and head on to visit their own private family-run Parmigiano-Reggiano dairy with annexed cow stables: as a matter of fact, you will be a privileged witness of almost all the steps of production of this out-and-out food icon, from the breeding to the making and the final ageing   into the glorious “wheel cathedrals”. Tasting of 2 different ageings at the end, paired to a glass of local wine.

  10:30 am: End of activities and head on to your next destination.

 

Options: Check among the supplements and contact us to arrange some extra activities, such as a guided tour of the Torrechiara Castle and a final lunch before leaving the Food Valley! 

Inclusions:

  • 1 night at Rocca di Castrignano, in B&B treatment
  • Guided visit of Rocca di Castrignano
  • Guided visit of Palazzo Scaroni (incl. Vinegar tastings + food pairing)
  • Guided visit of the family-run cow stables + dairy (incl. Parmigiano tastings + wine)

Exclusions

  • Personal insurance in case of accidental injuries
  • 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 timings and schedule;
  • Guided tour of Palazzo Scaroni on Day 1: instead of going by car, it is possible to reach the place via a 90-min hiking path from Rocca di Castrignano, together with the guide. At the end of the visit, the owner will bring you back to the B&B
  • Pick-ups: If you choose the car+driver option the price is calculated considering a pick-up from your hotel town 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 guide joins you on board only with the car+driver grade and always according to the Covid-regulations valid at the moment of booking. In case you choose the own-car grade, the guide drives his/her own and you just follow with yours (with our itinerary instructions as emergency measure)
  • 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 (e.g. Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, wine making, Prosciutto di Parma, Culatello)

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