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From Parma: Parmigiano and Parma Ham Guided Food Tour

1. From Parma: Parmigiano and Parma Ham Guided Food Tour

Visit a traditional Parmigiano Reggiano cheese factory and learn the secrets of one of the most celebrated ingredients of Italy. Watch the cheese makers at work and taste some cheese with honey and local wine. See how the cheese – protected by the EU – is still produced following traditional methods. Watch the cheese makers pull the product from the milk vats and visit the shaping and salting rooms before going to the stagionatura where the cheese is aged. Savor the sight and smell of thousands of wheels of cheese. Then, taste the delicious cheese with some honey and local wine. After the cheese factory take a short drive to the Parma ham factory. Go to the cellar branding area and see where the meat is cooled, salted, and rested. Taste cold cuts with local wines. Visit an organic Parma ham farm and meet the producer. Finally, taste delicious Parma ham paired with a glass of Malvasia.

Parma: Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese Tour

2. Parma: Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese Tour

Learn the origins of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese throughout a visit to a cheese factory in Parma. Hear how this cheese, protected by the EU, is still produced following traditional methods. Exclusively made in the Zona Tipica of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, and parts of Bologna and Mantova, Parmesan cheese dates back over 9 centuries. Watch the cheese makers pull the product from the milk vats, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the process of cooking and separating the whey. You'll then visit the shaping and salting rooms, before going to the stagionatura where the cheese is aged. Savor the sight and smell of thousands of wheels of cheese, and learn about the strict tests performed by the Consorzio, such as hammering the cheeses before the fire-branding ritual. Finally, taste the delicious cheese accompanied by some honey and local wine.

Parma: Traditional Food Tour

3. Parma: Traditional Food Tour

With this gastronomic tour in Parma you can immerse yourself in the local gastronomic culture accompanied by a local expert, a person who lives here and who knows all the secrets and curiosities about the area. You will discover local restaurants and the most hidden places, frequented only by locals. Come and taste some of the most famous dishes of the Emilia- Romagna tradition and immerse yourself in the culinary and cultural traditions of this beautiful city. Some of the possible tastings on this tour include: a board of cold cuts, Parmigiano cheese, and glass of wine; Tortelli (egg pasta filled with differents ingredients); Carciofa (a delicious and cheesy quiche; Bomba di riso (a rice timbale seasoned with a meat sauce; and Tigelle, prepared with a mixture of flour, lard, yeast, and water (typically stuffed with salami). You can also try a Duchessa cake – the typical Sunday dessert for local families, and enjoy a Caffè espresso – the only way to end a meal in Italy.

Parma Classic Walking Tour

4. Parma Classic Walking Tour

A private tour to discover one of the most flourishing cities in Italy, rich in culture, tradition and delicious food. Find out more about the history of Parma and its splendid monuments, including the Pilotta's Palace, the Farnese Theater, the Roman Bridge, Piazza Garibaldi and the Church of Santa Maria della Steccata. You will also stroll in Piazza Duomo, admiring the Cathedral and its Baptistery.

Parma: Parmigiano and Prosciutto Guided Tour

5. Parma: Parmigiano and Prosciutto Guided Tour

Meet your expert guide at Roadhouse Restaurant in Parma, on Viale delle Esposizioni. Begin the culinary tour at an authentic producer of Parmigiano-Reggiano, discovering how the "King of all Cheeses" has been made in the same way since the Benedectine monks invented it centuries ago. Finish the tour with a tasting of this exquisite cheese. Continue to the medieval village of Torrechiara for a photo opportunity by its romantic castle. Then, travel to one of Parma's family-run ham factories producing the famous Prosciutto di Parma. There, you can enjoy a lunch based on the typical products of the region at a farm-to-table restaurant. Enjoy Parmigiano, prosciutto, local cold cuts, a typical filled pasta dish (tortelli di Parma), and homemade cakes. Pair your lunch with delicious local wines like Lambrusco and Malvasia.

From Bologna or Modena: Parma Gastronomic Tour with Lunch

6. 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.

Parma: Private Walking Tour w/ a Local Guide

7. Parma: Private Walking Tour w/ a Local Guide

Join this private walking tour led by a local guide to discover the beautiful city of Parma. Discover the medieval epoch, the rich legacy of Renaissance art, the splendor of the Farnese era, the Bourbon reconstruction of the state, the happy period under the rule of the Duchess Maria Luigia of Austria and, finally, the contemporary era. Follow you guide and explore the church St. John the Evangelist, the central Piazza Duomo and its monuments, the Basilica of Santa Maria della Steccata. You'll also pass along the Teatro Regio, the Palazzo della Pilotta and the Palazzo Ducale and get to know their histories and importance in town through the words of your guide.

From Florence: Parmesan, Balsamic Vinegar, & Prosciutto Tour

8. From Florence: Parmesan, Balsamic Vinegar, & Prosciutto Tour

This tour from Florence shows you how Parmigiano Reggiano, balsamic vinegar of Modena, and prosciutto ham are produced. Visit regional factories and estates and taste products unique to the region of Emilia-Romagna. Enjoy a typical traditional lunch entirely made with fresh, 0 km ingredients. Start your trip by stepping back in time and learn how Parmigiano Reggiano is produced at a biological caseificio (cheese factory). Find out why the provinces of Parma, Modena, and Reggio Emilia are the only ones that can produce authentic Parmigiano Reggiano. Watch cheesemakers at work as they cook the milk to separate the whey and lift the Parmigiano Reggiano, then head to the aging room. Admire the rows upon rows of cheese wheels and inhale their sweet scent. Taste various types of Parmesan cheese and ricotta paired with local products. Next, head towards an acetaia (balsamic vinegar factory), where you will serve a multi-course lunch typical of the Emilia-Romagna region. You will learn about balsamic vinegar-food pairing. Every served dish is carefully paired with several varieties of balsamic vinegar. After lunch, join a private tour of the estate and its cellars. Receive a full introduction into the balsamic vinegar making process, from the pressing of the grapes and cooking the wort in the boiler to the filtration and mixing process. Taste different types of balsamic vinegar, such as “Tradizionale” and “Extravecchio." Then, head to a prosciuttificio (prosciutto factory). You will tour the factory, visit the production rooms, and understand how ham processing works. Conclude your tour at a tasting of their products: hams both raw and cooked, such as culatta, lardo, salami, prosciutto cotto, prosciutto al tartufo. The cold-cuts will be accompanied by a typical bread from Emilia-Romagna called crescentine, or tigelle. Head back to Florence.

Parma: Prosciutto Di Parma (Parma Ham) Museum Ticket

9. Parma: Prosciutto Di Parma (Parma Ham) Museum Ticket

Visit the Parma Museum of Prosciutto and Cured Meat Products, located in the massive edifice of the former cattle market in Langhirano, the fatherland of Parma Prosciutto. The cattle market is an attraction in itself; the result of an urban renewal process designed to bring touristic and cultural attractions to the area along the River Parma. Learn the significance that this cattle market holds for the city of Parma and learn how the city has transformed in the past years. Throughout the exhibition, discover the cultural and historical significance of His Majesty the Parma Prosciutto. This prosciutto is a true treat to the palette, one that shouldn't just be tasted, but truly savored. Learn the process that results in the exquisite flavors and quality that Prosciutto of Parma is known for today. Those who wish to taste the Prosciutto of Parma may choose to add a tasting to their entry ticket.

Parma: Fidenza Village, Parma City Center, and Food Tasting

10. Parma: Fidenza Village, Parma City Center, and Food Tasting

Discover the beautiful city center of Parma, Italy's Capital of Culture 2020 on this walking tour with local food tasting. Sample some local eats at quaint little food and wine shops. Meet your guide in the morning or afternoon and start exploring Parma's fantastic city center. Seek out small, traditional food and wine shops, enjoy tastings, and chat with the locals. Learn more about the history of Parma. From the 1000 year-old medieval district to the frescoes of the Renaissance artists in the domes, to the neoclassic Teatro Regio, the city's buildings represent many different periods in Italian history.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 434 reviews

Excellent tour. It was a private tour, and we could move along at our own pace. Bel was our driver and guide. Extremely helpful, very knowledgable. Take a private tour if you can. It is worth every cent we paid for. So much so that we cancelled one of those big group tours, and had Bel again to bring us to Cinque Terre. Once again, she did not fail us. Thank you for a wonderful experience!

The tour was just perfect! Very informative, and the tasting was fantastic. He also recommended us a great place to eat in the city center of Parma, which we enjoyed a lot. Definitely recommend this tour!

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.

Absolutely fantastic food tour. Alessia was amazing and so informative. We were so lucky to have a private tour with our group of 4!!

Our hosts were amazing! Welcoming, friendly and the food was outstanding. I highly recommend!