HIGHLIGHTS:

The "must do" Food & Wine Tour of Italy's Food Valley in Parma 

Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Prosciutto di Parma ham, Local wines

Private tour with expert authorized guides

Top quality food and slow pace 

Multiple tastings as well as rich lunch included

Best-seller in more than 15 years of operations

City of departure: Parma (PR) - Half day

  • 08.30 am: meet our guide in Parma and go visit an authentic producer of Parmigiano-Reggiano. Discover how the King of all cheeses has been made in the same way since the benedectine monks invented it centuries ago: you'll first see the the hand making, then the salt pools and finally the "wheel cathedrals", real walls of cheese in a single room. Tasting at the end. 
  • photo stop at the medieval village of Torrechiara dominated by its romantic castle: For sure the most spectacular amidst the Castles of the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza and Northern Italy, dating back to 1448 DC, built by Sir Pier Maria Rossi for his lover Bianca Pellegrini.
  • 11.00 am: visit one of the family-run ham factories producing the mythical Prosciutto di Parma. 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 so-called Food Valley of Italy. Tasting at lunch.
  • 12.30 am: full lunch based on the typical products of the territory in a farm-to-table restaurant: Parmigiano, Prosciutto as well as other kind of local cold cuts, a typical filled pasta dish (tortelli di Parma), homemade cakes. All paired up with local wines like Lambrusco and Malvasia!


Type of tour: private, by own car or with transportation according to request

Availability: Monday to Sunday

Duration: 6 hrs 

Departure time:  ideally 8.30 am from Parma

Meeting point: Parma hotel if downtown / motorway exit "Parma centro" / Parma train station 

Cancellation policy: 

  • No fee up to 16 days before the tour starting day; 
  • From 15 days to 7 days before the tour starting day: 20% penalty;
  • From 6 days to 3 days before the tour starting date: 40% penalty;
  • 48 hours' notice: 60% penalty;
  • 24 hours' notice: 100% penalty.

Inclusions: 

  • Foreign language speaking authorized guide (until lunch included)
  • guided visit to a Parmigiano-Reggiano dairy with final tasting
  • picture stop at the Castle of Torrechiara
  • guided visit to a Prosciutto di Parma producer
  • full typical lunch at a farm-to-table restaurant / agriturismo / wine maker 

Exclusions: 

  • everything not mentioned in the inclusions.

 Additional info: 

  • Pick-ups: If you choose the option WITH TRANSPORTATION the price is calculated considering  a pick-up from Parma or immediate surroundings (max 15 Km). Pick-ups from other locations will have a surcharge to be agreed upon by email request. 
  • Guide: the guide joins you on board just in case you buy the tour grade WITH TRANSPORTATION. In case you choose the SELFDRIVE grade, the guide drives the own car and you just follow with yours (with our instructions as emergency measure). 
  • Lunch: the lunch can be organized at a local restaurant, a Prosciutto producer, an agriturismo or a wine maker depending on availability.

Why book with us: 

  • We are an official Incoming Tour Operator with a 15-years experience in Touristic Destination Management and work in full compliance with the regulations of the Italian Law in terms of insurances and authorizations. 
  • This is a private tour, this means that you will have your personal guide and your personal driver (if requested). This is not a group tour.
  • We only use authorized professional guides, whom we have specifically trained for entertainment and general assistance during the tour.  
  • Guides and drivers in Italy are two separate professions and require specific authorizations: don't let yourselves be fooled by illegals! 
  • When you buy an all-round gastronomic experience like this one, beware of low prices: very often this means that some of the rules have not been followed as strictly as we do. It is a matter of service quality, locations selected and, most important of all, safety and protection during your tour through regular insurance.

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