From Parma: Parmesan, Parma Ham & Balsamic Vinegar Tour

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From Parma: Parmesan, Parma Ham & Balsamic Vinegar Tour

From US$ 127.56 per person

Discover three of the most famous and typical Italian food products — Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, traditional balsamic vinegar, and Prosciutto di Parma ham — in just half a day. Understand why they are so unique on this real flavor adventure from Parma.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 6 hours
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Driver
English, Italian
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

The experience
  • Visit selected family-run producers of Parmigiano-Reggiano, balsamic vinegar, and Prosciutto di Parma
  • Take guided tours of the production sites directly with the owners
  • Sample the cheese and vinegar with included tastings
  • Relish an included tasting lunch at the ham producer with local wine
Full description
The day begins with departure from Parma at 8:45 AM. Head toward the highlands and visit an authentic cheese dairy of Parmigiano-Reggiano (Parmesan) PDO with a local host at 9 AM. This historical producer began in 1846 and is one of the few that operates with the full production cycle from grass to cows to milk to cheese. Discover how the “King of Cheeses” is still made just as it was centuries ago by the monks who invented it. See its handmade production, the salt pools, and the “wheel cathedral,” a big aging room with real walls of cheese made up of up to 20,000 cheese wheels. At 10:30 AM, transfer to the province of Reggio-Emilia to admire a real acetaia (vinegar cellar) housing ancient barrels of traditional balsamic vinegar. Learn the difference between the "black gold" and the balsamic condiments that you usually find in the supermarkets. At the end of the visit, savor a tasting of 3 different ages of traditional balsamic vinegar PDO. Between 12:15 PM–12:30 PM, make your way back to the province of Parma to visit a real Prosciutto di Parma PDO producer. See everything from the fresh meat production rooms to the aging cellars before settling down for a final tasting lunch that includes Prosciutto di Parma PDO, other typical local cured meats, Parmigiano-Reggiano PDO, homemade cakes, local wine, water, and coffee. At 2 PM, the tour ends and you head back to Parma.
Includes
  • Private transportation by car/minivan/minibus
  • English-speaking driver
  • Onsite guides at the 3 locations
  • Tastings at the cheese dairy and at the balsamic vinegar producer
  • Tasting/lunch at the ham producer
  • Special surprise gift
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Onboard guide (English-speaking driver only)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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Iat Comune Di Parma.

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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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 24 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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There is no guide on this tour. Only a driver who does not offer and info and then each stop provides a guide.it worked fine. We arrived at the parma ham facility and the were on lunch break so we did not see it in action. Still our guide was very informative.

September 16, 2021

God oplevelse på alle 3 steder. Lidt svært at høre, hvad der blev sagt pga. larmen i forbindelse med parmesanproduktionen, men meget flink guide, der gerne forklarede igen. Desværre var der ingen produktion på skinkefabrikken, da det var lørdag. Men så var der til gengæld tid og plads til at se alle rum/kølerum m.m., og guiden forklarede alt i forbindelse med produktionen + der blev vist en film med alle detaljer.

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July 25, 2021

In the small cheese factory we could really see the complete creation of a Parmesan. Everything was explained very well. With the balsamic vinegar it was a little different, we only get shown the barrels in which the vinegar matures and a story is told. Then three drops for tasting, that's it. That was a little poor. Next door was the vineyard, I would have liked to try the grapes or see how they are pressed. In the ham factory you basically get shown the whole process, only the workers were on their lunch break and consequently nothing was to be seen, except a lot of hanging hams. Even so, everything was explained well and the tasting was very good too.

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September 20, 2020

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