HIGHLIGHTS:

Private expert guide, private visits &tastings at Parmigiano and Prosciutto producers', panoramic views, full tasting lunch

Duration: Half day
Departures from: Bologna , Como , Firenze , Lucca , Milano , Modena , Parma , Piacenza , Reggio Emilia , Verona
Experience performed in: Province of Parma

AVAILABLE: Monday to Sunday

WHERE: Province of Parma (up to 30 km south-east)

FROM: Parma, Reggio-Emilia, Bologna, Modena, Piacenza, Milano, Como, Verona, Firenze

DURATION: 5 hours + transfer times

TYPE OF TOUR: Private, educational, experiential

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)

 

 
Ever dreamt of spending a half day in the Food Valley of Italy with a top-notch guide and the most famous gourmet products of the world all around you? Well, here you can!

 

08.30 am: 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.

11.15 am: Visit 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 so-called Food Valley of Italy.  

12.30/45 pm: Full lunch based on the typical products of the territory: Prosciutto as well as other kind of local cold cuts, a typical stuffed pasta dish (tortelli di Parma), homemade cakes. All paired up with local wines like Lambrusco and Malvasia! 

02:15/30 pm: End of activities end head on to your hotel/next destination. 

Inclusions: 

  • Private licensed expert guide (English / other languages if available with a supplement upon request) 
  • Guided visit & tasting at a Parmigiano-Reggiano dairy 
  • Picture stop at the Castle of Torrechiara
  • Guided visit & tasting at a Prosciutto di Parma producer
  • Full typical lunch 
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.  
  • Lunch: the lunch can be arranged at a local restaurant, a ham producer, an agriturismo or a wine maker depending on availability.
  • 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 PDO, wine making, Prosciutto di Parma PDO).  
 

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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