Taste local wines, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar DPO, Parmigiano Reggiano PDO cheese and Parma Ham PDO, visit Parma and Canossa Castle discovering Parma and Reggio Emilia areas.
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We offer you a private and tailor-made tour, organized in compliance with the regulations to make you live your experience in safety and serenity. Ask for your customized tour.

Where

A private tour between Parma and Reggio Emilia to discover the most refined and genuine flavors and to discover many small curiosities that only a local expert can know. A tasty tour of knowledge!

Duration

3 days/2 nights

Validity

All year round    

Suggested for

For those who love to travel SLOW, to discover the gastronomic heritage of Parma and Reggio Emilia savouring the most sought after flavours away from the common tourist routes.

The tour foresees:

  • 2 nights with breakfast
  • 1 lunch drinks included in Parma city centre
  • 1 visit with tasting to the Balsamic Vinegar loft
  • 1 lunch drinks included with local delicacies
  • 1 visit to a wine cellar with 3 wine tasting
  • 1 food expert private guide (speaking English or other languages) at disposal for 3 hours
  • 1 visit with tasting to a Parmigiano Reggiano factory
  • 1 visit with tasting drinks included to a Parma Ham factory

Services on request:

transfers, not included guided visits, entrance fees to the monuments, not included meals, tourist tax.

Safety protocols observed by our selected suppliers for this itinerary are available on request.

Day 1

Arrival in Parma, the Food Valley. Parma is the watchword that opens the gate to the paradise of food, music and art. Because Parma is a unique place where you can hardly distinguish where art blends into the way food products are crafted as masterpieces to be enjoyed first with the eyes, then in the mouth. Spend your afternoon sightseeing, walk along the quaint streets of the city, visit the masterpieces as Antelami’s Baptistery, the imposing medieval Cathedral and the impressive Farnese Theatre. Drive to a Traditional Balsamic Vinegar PDO loft set in the green Reggio Emilia hills imbued with the peace and tranquillity of nature’s unchanging rhythms. You will be welcomed by the owners and invited into their home to be part of an age-old tradition where hospitality is a given. The three guestrooms in the historic listed farmhouse speak of their traditional way of life. Dinner at leisure in the nearby local restaurants or food-delivery by one of the best restaurants around. Overnight stay.

Day 2

Delicious breakfast served under the medieval arches of the farmhouse surrounded by an Italian garden and a huge park beyond, home to wild flowers, hares and roe deer. Take time out to savour a magical place. Guided visit to the cellar by the owners and taste the delicious black nectar, learning to identify the various types, on its own or paired with other local delicacies. Chance to drive through the rolling hills of Reggio Emilia and visit the perfectly preserved Rossena Castle, built in 960 a.C. by the grand-father of the great Matilde di Canossa. Lunch in an Agriturismo sampling the locally produced delicacies like fresh homemade pasta (tortelli, tagliatelle, anolini, lasagne…), locally grown vegetables and traditional desserts: healthy and delicious food! On top of a green hill overlooking the valley, guided visit to a local wine cellar producing honest and authentic wines. The owners will share the production methods behind some of Parma’s most prestigious wines. Taste them on their own or have fun pairing them with other typical local products. The tasting could be set in the vineyards or in the panoramic room admiring the Po Valley till the Alps. At the end, have a walk through the countryside around the cellar, relax and toast your holiday whilst soaking up the splendid scenery of Parma Hills. Dinner at leisure in a local restaurant or food-delivery by one of the best restaurants around. Overnight stay.

Day 3

Exquisite breakfast served under the medieval arches of the farmhouse and check-out. Together with your food expert private guide, visit to a Parmigiano Reggiano PDO factory on Parma hills. Meet the dairymen passing down their expertise to the next generation. Taste the product at its various maturations, surrounded by towering shelves of cheese wheels, and discover the secrets of traditional recipes. Opportunity to visit the farm encompassing the whole production chain, from rearing the animals to processing the cheese. Drive to a family-run PDO Parma Ham factory and discover the different processing stages and the secrets to recognising the quality of Prosciutto di Parma PDO with the help of experts, then treat your taste buds to sampling the product at various ages during the tasting inside the panoramic room: a celebration of unique flavours. Photo-stop at Torrechiara Castle, set on a high hill overlooking the Parma valley, surrounded by vineyards as far as eye can see, it is one of the best preserved fortifications in whole the region. It was built between 1448 and 1460 by Pier Maria Rossi, who had it girded with a triple wall and four corner towers linked by battlemented parapets. End of the tour.

More special activities

  • Chance to rent an electric car or a luxury one like a Tesla, experiencing a panoramic green tour on Parma and Reggio Emilia hills.
  • Learn how to cut Parma Ham with a Berkel slicer. Discover the history of the device and have a go yourself! Also learn to slice by hand with a knife and to present the product perfectly.
  • Chance (to be confirmed in advance with the various producers) to adopt a set of barrels and produce your own vinegar. (Price will be estimated)
  • Chance to meet artisan barrel makers to hear about the characteristics of the different woods and their effects on the vinegar.
  • Extra for a food expert private guide on Day 1 and Day 2.