Half Day Parma Food Tour

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Overview

A journey to discover Parma and its traditions to get to know the culinary excellences this land is famous for. Stop at a cheese factory then proceed to learn about the famous Parma Ham. The tour will end in a typical restaurant where you will enjoy all the products of the territory and taste local wines like Lambrusco and Malvasia.

Highlights

  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Family friendly
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible

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Get picked up at your hotel in Parma to begin your delicious tour of the area.

Head first for a cheese factory to see how milk is transformed into Parmigiano-Reggiano. Learn how this cheese, devoid of any chemical additive, can be aged for years to improve its quality. Learn to recognize the various aging stages thanks to the tasting led by an expert.

Proceed to discover another culinary specialty of this area: Parma ham. In the ham-producing house, you will see every phase of the curing of the meat and taste the final result, yielded by meticulous aging.

Your tour ends in a typical local restaurant where you can enjoy all the specialties of the Parma region matched with excellent local wines like Lambrusco and Malvasia. Taste different types of salami, as well as the tortelli d'erbetta, a round pasta stuffed with ricotta and herbs, a traditional dish of Parma. As for dessert, you will discover the famous Sbrisolona and other dry pies. Lunch also includes water, wine and coffee.

Inclusions for Half Day Parma Food Tour

  • Entrance fees
  • Beverages and wine tasting
  • Food tasting and 3-course lunch
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (from your accommodation or preferred pick-up point in Parma)
  • Transport by private vehicle when applicable

Exclusions for Half Day Parma Food Tour

  • Food and drinks, other than specified

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Adult pricing applies to all travelers

May be operated by a multi-lingual guide

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • Our guide, Lisa, was marvelous. We had our 16 year old granddaughter with us and they bonded - that made it even more special. I highly recommend this tour aand the company. Lianda Taylor

  • Our expert guide Monica Vanin was amazing! We met at our hotel and began the journey! First we went to a small dairy where Parmigiano Reggiano is made, the real stuff! She went into great detail about the process and we saw every step and ended with a tasting of the delicious cheese....I will never balk at paying the high cost for this cheese again!
    Next on to Conti another small family owned producer of Parma Ham and Culatello. Again seeing the care and process of this wonderful food production will always make this food special to us. Then we went to a restaurant high in the hills for an amazing lunch! Tasting lunch with wine and glorious location. The food was one of the best we enjoyed during our 3 week trip to Italy!
    I cannot say enough about our guide Monica, she truly loves sharing her knowledge of her region and we felt her genuine interest in us!
    Thank you Monica!!!!!!!!

  • If you are thinking of a tour while in Parma, then look no further. Monica, our guide was fantastic as we were taken on a private tour of a Parmesan chee

  • Excellent tour. Detailed explanations of the entire process of making the cheese and ham that make Parma famous. All while walking through the production facilities of both and seeing the various steps being performed. Extremely knowledgable and friendly guide who spoke great English. The lunch at the end, a sampling or Parma regional cuisine in a restaurant on a hilltop, was fantastic!

    Very professional tour company.

  • The tour was great, Kasia was TERRIFIC!!! She was very knowledgeable and enjoyable to hand out with. And very patient with our picture taking!! Lol! We highly recommend her and the tour!!! :-

  • Out half day tour of Parma included a Cheese farm, Prosciutto factory and lunch at a local restaurant. Rosella was excellent, she explained every step in the processes at each site and was knowledgeable of the region but more important was extremely personable as was our tour bus driver. The tour couldn't have been any better.

  • Our first Viatour in Italy was one of the best. Our guide Michelle and driver Carlo were friendly and right on time. We traveled into the countryside to visit a working Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese plant. Michelle is very knowledgeable about the area farms and the food produced. It was exciting to see the workers engaged and how they care for the quality of the product.
    We then went to a Parma ham production house one of dozens in the area to see how the prosciutto that we love is made. Again Michelle was very proud of the quality and happily answered all of our questions.
    We stopped at a terrific roadside trattoria where we had a 3 course lunch with wine! Carlo got us home safely with our appetites happily satisfied. This is a great tour to actually see how are some of our favorite foods are carefully prepared.
    Jim and Donna Ferraro
    Connecticut

  • Performing Parma Food Tour was a dream to us. Thanks to our tour guide for her patient. She demonstrated passion and high knowledge about Parma's food industry. We recommend this tour for those enjoy gourmet food. Great food and wine at the winery we had visited.

  • My wife and I had been planning a pilgrimage to Parma for a couple of years, and when I found this excursion through Viator, it was exactly what we had been looking to do. We're both foodies, and love prosciutto and parmesan reggiano, so this was tailor-made. I'm happy to report it did not disappoint. We both thoroughly enjoyed the tour.
    It started with a visit to a local producer of the king of cheeses, parmesan reggiano. The cheese maker had been plying his trade for 50 years and was happy to show us the process and vault where they age the cheese. They are clearly very proud of the product they make, and after tasting it, rightly so. If you have a chance to try the Vache Rosso variety, which is the parmesan that has been aged the longest, do so. It's the priciest, but the best and you have to try it at least once.
    From there, we then travelled into the hills west of the city, to a producer of the Prosciutto di Parma. Again, it is a very strictly controlled process that must be followed to be able to call it a Parma ham. Salted and dry aged in the cool mountain breezes coming off of the Apennines, we learned the difference between Prosciutto di Parma, Prosciutto Crudo and Culatello. After leaving there, we briefly visited the castle of Torrechiare and it's medieval village before stopping for lunch at a local osteria where we got to sample some of the fine local produce, including the wine. The region is best known for it's Lambrusco, a dry sparkling red wine.
    Our local hosts and guides from Maestro Travel Experience, Rosella and Elisa, were very kind, knowledgeable and fluent in English. Unless you're comfortable driving in Italy, I would recommend having them drive, especially with the libations at lunch.

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