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From Bologna or Modena: Parma Gastronomic Tour with Lunch

1. From Bologna or Modena: Parma Gastronomic Tour with Lunch

Discover the production of two excellences of Italian cuisine, Parmigiano Reggiano and Parma Ham, on a gastronomic tour from Bologna. After being picked up from your accommodation in Bologna or Modena Learn more about Parma and its local cuisine that is so popular that it often ends up dominating conversations among locals. Visit a historic Parmigiano Reggiano factory where an expert guide will show you the stages of production, and you'll be able to taste some of the cheese made by the factory. Then, discover more about the production of Parma Ham. Learn the secrets of this Italian delicacy followed by a tasting paired with a glass of local wine.  Following your visit to the Parma Ham factory, enjoy a light lunch at a prosciuttificio with typical products and dishes. Finally, head back to your accommodation in Bologna or Modena.

From Milan: Parma and Bologna Private Day Trip

2. From Milan: Parma and Bologna Private Day Trip

Enjoy a Private Tour of Parma and Bologna from Milan for twelve hours with a private tour guide for two hours in each city and a private luxury vehicle with a chauffeur that will pick you up and drop you off from your hotel in Milan. Once your private chauffeur has picked you up, besides your private tour guide you will go ahead to your first destination. You will discover Parma, a city in the north of Italy that has remarkable medieval architecture and beautiful forests surrounding it. Your private tour guide will show you the tourist attractions of the city such as the cathedral with Romanesque style, the opera house Teatro, the Baptistery with Romanesque and Gothic styles and much more. When you finish visiting Parma you will go ahead to your destination, Bologna which is one of the best-preserved historic cities and has one of the largest medieval old towns in Europe. You will visit as well the tourist attractions of Bologna such as the two medieval famous towers, the Piazza Maggiore, the Basilica of San Petronio known for being one of the largest churches in existence, the basilica of San Francisco known for being a Gothic church and much more. After visiting the two cities, your private chauffeur will drop you off at your hotel in Milan or your place of preference inside the city.

Parma: Museum of Pasta Entry Ticket

3. Parma: Museum of Pasta Entry Ticket

Reserve your ticket to the Museum of Pasta in Parma and learn about the staple of Italian cuisine which is enjoyed worldwide. Explore the museum which is dedicated to the historical, technological, and cultural knowledge of pasta, divided into ten sections. Explore the first section, which is devoted to wheat, its properties, and cultivation methods, including models, old peasant implements, and records that document the growth of agricultural techniques. The second section is devoted to grinding and includes models and historical iconography, as well as a reconstruction of a millstone and a modern cylinder mill. See exhibits of small household equipment in the third section. Discover the art of the rolling pin, and find out more about the proud Italian tradition of fresh pasta. Discover the origins of the first true industrial pasta factory from the first half of the nineteenth century. Learn about the steps of dry pasta manufacture using ancient technology that has been meticulously repaired. In the fifth area, the second nucleus of antique equipment depicts the production procedures in an Emilian artisan workshop from the previous century. See models of machines that present the current, very modern technologies used in industrial pasta factories to ensure a consistently high-quality product. See a variety of posters, playbills, and historical items used to promote pasta. The gastronomy component contains the history of the colander, recipe books, as well as information about optimal format and condiment combinations. Find out about the distinctive characteristics of Italy's many regions and the Mediterranean diet. Finish up by seeing various representations of pasta in art and culture, from paintings to stamps. Choose to include an optional pasta tasting at the end of your tour.

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What people are saying about Parma

Incredible tour of an authentic Parmigiano Reggiano cheese factory and a wonderful tour of a family owned Parma Ham factory in the hills. Our driver Francesco was very friendly, professional, and polite offering dinner suggestions on the way home. Everyone from both factories were very friendly and welcoming as well. We thoroughly enjoyed the tours and loved the traditional Italian lunch that followed. Highly recommend

Small but very particular and detailed museum. Also valid is the sale of Parmesan cheese made by their dairy as there are forms aged up to 55 months.

Really a cool trip with great local guides from the various local producers.

Excellent tasting to spend a different Sunday lunch than usual