UNESCO has declared Parma the first Creative City for Gastronomy in Italy. Discover why with a tour dedicated to food lovers who want to learn about the local delicacies and taste them where they are produced: the world-famous Parmigiano Reggiano (the real Parmesan cheese), prosciutto di Parma (Parma ham) and aceto balsamico (balsamic vinegar), but also lesser-known regional specialties like culatello di Zibello (the best and most delicate part of a prosciutto) and local wines.
The tour can start with the visit to a Parmigiano Reggiano cheese factory in the morning, followed by a visit to a producer of Parma Ham, culatello or balsamic vinegar or to a winery.
PERSONAL GUIDED TOUR DURATION: a half-day tour can include visits to two producers with tastings. The tour can be followed by a tasty lunch.
Tours are customized and you’ll need a car as producers are located in the countryside. A walking tour of Parma or Modena can include tastings of local products in traditional food shops.
The best time to take the tour is in the morning of a weekday when you will be able to see production.
You can explore food and culture by combining this tour with a half-day tour of the castles around Parma or of Parma.