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From Parma: Parmesan, Parma Ham & Balsamic Vinegar Tour

4.7 / 5

87 reviews

Activity provider: Food Valley Travel

From Parma: Parmesan, Parma Ham & Balsamic Vinegar Tour

Activity provider: Food Valley Travel

From US$ 170.54 per person

Discover 3 of the most famous Italian food products on this half-day tour from Parma. Taste Parmigiano-Reggiano, traditional balsamic vinegar, and Parma ham, and enjoy a traditional trattoria meal.

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Duration 7.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit selected family-run producers of Parmigiano-Reggiano, balsamic vinegar, and Prosciutto di Parma
  • Take guided tours of the production sites with a tour guide
  • Sample the cheese and vinegar with included tastings
  • Relish an included tasting lunch at the ham producer with local wine
Full description

Get to know the delicious products of Parma on this guided half-day tour. See how they make Parmigiano Reggiano, discover the beautiful Parma countryside, and learn the secrets of balsamic vinegar.

Leave from Parma in the morning and head toward the Highlands. Stop at a Parmigiano Reggiano cheese dairy and tour it with your guide. Learn every step of the natural process that leads to the “birth” of the king of all cheeses.

Enter the impressive aging rooms and stand surrounded by 5000 Parmigiano Reggiano cheese wheels before tasting cheese of different ages and learning how it improves over time.

Return to the bus and travel through the beautiful Parma countryside. Head inside a Parma ham factory and follow the journey of this prestigious ham, from careful meat selection to its meticulous aging. Taste the unique sweetness of Parma ham and other local cold cuts.

Next, stop in a cozy trattoria and try the best of Parma cuisine. Dig into delicious starts, tortelli d’erbetta (homemade pasta filled with ricotta cheese and spinach), and a seasonal dessert paired with a glass of Lambrusco wine, water, and coffee.

Finish your tour with a visit to a 300-year-old mansion dedicated to balsamic vinegar. Listen to the story of a family that considers vinegar its most precious gift in life and admire barrels filled with black gold, aged up to 25 years.

Taste balsamic vinegar of different ages and discover unusual recipes before returning to Parma.

Includes
  • Transportation
  • Guide
  • Entry tickets to all factories
  • Cheese, Parma ham, and balsamic vinegar tastings
  • Light lunch
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments

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    Meeting point

    • Meet just outside Parcheggio Toschi. There is parking available. • If you take the train to Parma, take the main exit from the station to Viale Paolo Borsellino and walk for about 10 - 12 minutes.

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Camera
    • Closed-toe shoes

    Not allowed

    • Open-toed shoes

    Know before you go

    • The local partner will send you all the relevant details the day before your tour
    • There is parking available at the meeting point
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 87 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.6/5
    • Transportation
      4.7/5
    • Value for money
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    • Safety
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    hello, guide tour was mostly exellent. Organization was perfect, we saw the production of parmiggano reggiano in details :-)), production of prosciuto di Parma we saw the end of the production, we was told how they make the acetto balsamico tradicionale. Food tasteing was prfect. Only thing which was a litle bit anoying was that the guide who was made a presentation on all tree places explaind in two languages english and italian despite the fact we chose italan language

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    November 9, 2022

    Great opportunity to get insights into the most important culinary products of the region, learn about the process and how valuable and high-quality these products are. Italians really have an outstanding view on quality and priority of food in their culture - and tours like this help spreading this important influence. The enthusiasm of the producers that guide the visits to the locations is just a perfect incorporation of the love and dedication to their product. The only down-side was, that although the tour was planned in English, an additional French group that joined the Prosciutto di Parma tour changed the language game to more French which made it hard to follow. Food tasting made up for it though.

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    August 15, 2022

    Three totally different places. Everything was good. Parmesan - Lovely family buisness. Explained everything. After you got taste of everything. Parma Ham - Lots and lots of pig foots. Actually it was nice to know everything and taste different kind on ham. Balsamic vinegar - Small, very beatyful place with excellent taste of balsamic. Fantastic Overall everything was great, and we loved it!

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    August 8, 2022

    Product ID: 7875