Private Emilia Romagna Food Tour From Parma Or Bologna

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Overview

From tempting pasta to rich, nutty Parmesan, taste the Emilia Romagna regions finest gourmet products on a private half- or full-day food tour from Parma or Bologna. Choose to drive yourself and your guide, or to have a driver chauffer you, then embark on a tour thats packed to the brim with gastronomic delights. Visit a cheese dairy and a Parma ham producer, and indulge in a delicious lunch at a wine cellar. On the full-day tour, you'll also savor the unique flavor of authentic aged balsamic vinegar.

Highlights

  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Lunch included

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Half-Day Tour (5 Hours):If you’ve elected to avail of a driver and car, start your tour with a pickup from your hotel or preferred meeting point in central Parma or Bologna. If you’re driving yourself, hop inside your own vehicle and pick up your guide in Parma. Then, set off to seek out some of the Emilia Romagna region’s most sought-after gastronomic exports.

Make your first stop at a cheese dairy to taste Parmesan cheese, which is nicknamed the 'King of Cheeses.' Watch the cheesemakers at work, and learn about the tightly regulated rules that govern the production of the artisanal product before indulging in a tasting.

Visit a Parma ham producer located in the foothills of Parma and learn why the prevailing wind that blows off the Ligurian Sea is needed to create perfect cured ham.

Continue on to the scenic medieval village of Torrechiara, where you'll pause for photos. An imposing 15th-century castle dominates the vistas.

Indulge in a tasting-style lunch in a Parma wine cellar. Munch on cold cuts, Parmesan, filled pasta and sweet handmade cakes. Then wash them down with local wine such as Lambrusco and Malvasia.
With your appetite sated, travel back to Parma or Bologna, where your tour concludes back at your accommodation or preferred drop-off point (if option selected).

Full-Day Tour (7 Hours):Follow the itinerary for the half-day tour in the morning. Then, after lunch, move on to a traditional balsamic vinegar producer with your private guide.

Listen as your guide shares facts and information about this prized gourmet product. The aged balsamic vinegar that is produced in Modena and Reggio Emilia is created using time-honored techniques that date back to the Middle Ages, and is very different to the balsamic condiment generally found on supermarket shelves.
After learning about the production process, experience the intense and complex flavors during a tasting.

In the afternoon, return to Parma or Bologna (depending on option selected), where your tour concludes.

Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.

Inclusions for Private Emilia Romagna Food Tour From Parma Or Bologna

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if car and driver option selected)
  • Expert guide
  • Professional driver (if car and driver option selected)
  • Transport by air-conditioned driver (if car and driver option selected)
  • Cheese tasting
  • Lunch with wine
  • Balsamic vinegar tasting (if full-day option selected)

Exclusions for Private Emilia Romagna Food Tour From Parma Or Bologna

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Please note if you chose the self-drive option from Bologna, you will meet the guide once in Parma. The guide may come in your car, or will be driving her/his own car and you would follow in your car. 

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 private Emilia Romagna Food Tour was one of the highlights from our trip to Italy. Our tour guide met us in a central location and drove with us to each stop for the first part of our tour. Our guide was extremely informative, providing local history, history on the cheese making process and history on the curing of prosciutto. Our lunch was simply delicious. After lunch we journeyed to Modena for our tour of a family owned aged balsamic vinegar farm. Our tour was much more than expected and if you love food I would highly recommend this tour.

  • This tour was amazing!

  • Excellent!!! Very well informed guide, beautiful locations, excellent tour over all. AAA

  • It was great. Michelle, our tour guide, was wonderful. She was so knowledgeable about every stop. I would like to have her for my friend. The lunch we had at the winery was delicious. I would recommend this tour to everyone. We also went to a restaurant for dinner that she recommended. Again, it was delicious. Thank you, Michellw

  • Best tour I ever was on!!! Paola and marchesi , father and son treated us like family. From the start to the end we were treated with respect and like kings. I would highly recommend this tour.

  • Our tour guide Giorgia was a wonderfully passionate and proud Parma local. We enjoyed her personal stories about Parma's history and families food culture. We were running a bit behind due to traffic but we still managed to have a relaxing tour. Both the Parma Ham and The Parmesan Reggiano shop were excellent to see. The continued practice of the age old traditions in producing such quality products is admirable and made us appreciate Parma foods all the more. We had a nice quick stop at a beautiful old castle in the countryside before heading to a local vineyard for touring, tastings and lunch. The lunch and tastings were both beyond adequate in portions and quality. Such a wonderful way to delve further into this specific regions history, culture and traditions.

  • We took the half day private tour in our own car. The guide, Julia, was really good. Very knowledgeable and very passionate about the uniqueness of the area

  • Our guide was extremely pleasant and informative.

  • Was a fun tour!
    We were a little late getting started as we were staying in a town quite a ways from Parma - and got lost in the lovely countryside trying to find the first location. We had thought we were going to have a tour guide in the vehicle with us to show us where to go, but then another group booked with a driver and the guide was with them.
    After that little hiccup, however, things went smoothly. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and easy going.
    Initially, we had balked at the cost - but in the end were so glad we made the decision to do it!

  • We arranged the tour to begin from our Bologna hotel for six of us and were picked up at 7:30 AM by driver Andre with his very comfortable six passenger Mercedes tourist van. Traveled to a meeting point where we picked up our guide Amanda. Introduction's were made and she followed with her own private car to our first stop Reggiano Parmigiano chees producer. At the plant we were asked to wear plastic covers over our clothes, shoes and heads while walking about the facility. Amanda was well prepared and explained the entire process with complete freedom to move about out of the way of the workers and overlooking the process. We followed the entire process of a days production to the final placing of the cheese into molds. In transit to our next stop, Dolce Culatta Prosciutto producer, we stopped for a picture taking opportunity of the Torrechiara Castle and continued traveling along beautiful countryside. Arriving at the Culatta plant we followed the same procedure as the cheese producer and covered our clothing etc. The activities were at a minimum however Amanda filled us in as to what stages the processing was going through. We did see one process where the hams are covered with lard and then hung for additional curing. Impressive facility! On to a local winery as the grapes were being harvested, brought in and crushed. Typical winery however we were served a delicious multi course meal with wine and super dessert. Amanda bid her farewell to our group as the next stop to a balsamic vinegar producer was not escorted as the owner and family member did an excellent job of telling us about the entire very long aging process. Medici Ermete Aceto Balsamco very tasty. There was also a very nice museum attached to their facility. Our trip was over as the day approached late afternoon and Andre chauffeured us expertly back to our Bologna hotel.

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