HIGHLIGHTS: 

Historical family owned Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese dairy with tasting

Local family farm with black pigs and other animals, vegetables and fruit productions  

Museum of Culatello di Zibello

“Po Forest” experience 

Medieval aging cellars of Culatello di Zibello with tasting/lunch

Guided visit of "Giuseppe Verdi" Theatre and free time in Busseto 

Duration: Half day
Departures from: Parma
Experience performed in: Province of Parma
  • 08.45 am: Departure from Parma townsquare towards the so called Lowlands.
  • 09.15 - 10.30 am: Meeting on site with a local host and visit an authentic cheese dairy of Parmigiano-Reggiano PDO of the Lowlands of Parma.

We have selected a historical producer, one of the few of the Consortium that has the full production cycle: grass – cows – milk – cheese and the Organic Certification. Discover how the King of all cheeses is made in the same way since centuries ago whren the Benedectine monks invented it. You'll see the making of it by hands, the salt pools and the wheel cathedral, a big ageing room real walls of cheese: sometimes up to 20.000 in the same place!

  • 11.00/11.15 am: visit to a unique farm with own fruit and vegetable cultivations and own breeding of an ancient type of black pigs. You will learn how the real farm to table concept works!
  • To follow: be welcome at Antica Corte Pallavicina, a medieval court where you’ll admire a brand new Museum of Culatello di Zibello PDO.

Learn about the history and the making of this amazing product in a dedicated educational room and then go discover the aging cellars dating back to the XIII century, where the king of the cured meats Culatello di Zibello PDO rests for years. People like Prince Charles of England and Prince Alberto of Monaco have discovered this hidden secret and felt in love with it!

  • If you feel like it follow the final open-air path called Po Forest along the banks of Po river with various points of environmental interest.
  • Tasting session/lunch at the end of the visit with a large selection of farm products including: Culatello di Zibello PDO, Salame Gentile, Strolghino di Culatello, lard and Cotto Spigaroli (cooked ham), giardiniera (pickled vegetables), homemade focaccia,  all this paired with 2 different wines: dry Lambrusco and Fortana del Taro.
  • 01.30 pm: Transfer to Busseto, the town of Giuseppe Verdi, for a guided visit of the amazing little theatre dedicated to this amazing composer.
  • To follow: free time for a stroll in  this typical charming little town of the Lowlands of Northern to discover its tiny food delis and  its hidden corners.
  • 03.00 pm: End of activities and back to Parma. (estimated arrival at 03.30 approx). 



Type of tour: with transportation included, shared small group tour (up to aprox. 15 participants)

Availability: Wednesday – Friday.  Available (from March 3rd to November 28th 2020) 

Duration: 6 hrs 1/2 

Departure time:  08:45 am 

Meeting point: Piazza Garibaldi in front of the tourist office of Parma 

Time limit for booking on line: 72 hours in advance (for last minute requests call the local tourist office by 06:45 pm of the day before (+39 0521218889) or write to: turismo@comune.parma.it) 

Block-Out dates: 25th april – 1st may – 2nd june – 15th august.


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.

 

Inclusions:

  • Private transportation by car / minivan / minibus with English speaking driver, 
  • Owners as guides on site at the different locations (NO GUIDE ON BOARD), 
  • Tasting at the cheese dairy,
  • Entries to: Museum of Culatello di Zibello and medieval aging cellars 
  • Lunch with typical tastings at the Culatello di Zibello producer's including wine pairing,
  • Guided visit of the Giuseppe Verdi theatre in Busseto,  
  • Special “Food Valley Travel” gift.  

Exclusions:​​

  • Everything not mentioned in the inclusions.

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