48 Hours in Parma. The Petite Capitale & UNESCO Creative City for Gastronomy (2 nights)

Inspiring Experiences


Province of Parma


3 days – 2 nights 

N. attendees:

Min 1 person


Monday to Sunday

Parma: UNESCO Sites for Creative Gastronomy. The Petite Capitale, the fundamental stops along the aristocratic Grand Tour of Europe.

After so many web and paper articles on the most read travel magazines, this is now well-known throughout the world: Parma is the only town of Emilia Romagna listed among the UNESCO Sites for Creative Gastronomy. Besides, did you know that it was called The Petite Capitale during the 1700s thanks to its fame as an elegant, French-looking and pleasure-seeking town thus becoming one of the fundamental stops along the aristocratic Grand Tour of Europe?

  • 2 nights at 4**** hotel Parma downtown in DBL room, B&B treatment
  • English-speaking authorized guide for max 3 hours for Parma city tour (Day 1)
  • Welcome dinner in a restaurant in Parma city center – 3 courses with local wine included (Day1)
  • English-speaking guide for 6 hours for the food tour (Day 2)
  • Guided visit & tasting at a Parmigiano Reggiano PDO producer’s (Day 2)
  • Guided visit & tasting at a Prosciutto di Parma PDO producer’s (Day 2)
  • Full typical 3-course lunch wine included (Day 2)
  • Entrances to monuments
  • Private transportation service
  • Everything not mentioned in inclusions

Day 1

Tba – Arrival in Parma and check-in at your hotel**** downtown.

Tba – Meet our qualified guide and enjoy a 2-hour ½ slow-paced sightseeing walking tour of the town among the most iconic deli boutiques, pieces of general information, descriptions of the locals’ lifestyle, anecdotes about Parma’s legendary personalities and precious suggestions for shopping in the arts and crafts district.

And yes – you will also hear about the historical and artistic heritage of the petite Capitale: with its 1.000-year-old ensemble of Cathedral and Baptistery, its gracious Renaissance frescoes on the cupolas, the stunning wooden architecture of Teatro Farnese and the neoclassic Teatro Regio wrapped in the unmistakable yellow nuance called Giallo Parma, the town is a miniature summary of all the epochs and styles that have made Italy the fundamental stop of the European Grand Tour.

Dinner – Welcome dinner at one of the typical restaurants downtown (3 courses, wine included).


Day 2

08:30 am – Meet our guide and head on to visit an authentic producer of Parmigiano-Reggiano PDO: you’ll discover how the King of all cheeses has been literally made by hand in the same way since the Benedictine monks invented it 10 centuries ago! From the curdling into the typical copper heaters to the salting and the final ageing in the so-called wheel cathedrals, you will be a privileged witness of almost all the steps of production of this out-and-out food icon. Tasting at the end.

On the way – Take a look at the stunning castle of Torrechiara, one of the 40 manors of the area!

11:00 am – Guided visit with final tasting at one of the local family-run ham factories producing the mythical Prosciutto di Parma PDO: you will get to know why this ultra-famous cured meat can only be made in the hills of Parma, where the sea breeze blows from the Tirrenian all along this very specific river valley.

12:30/45 pm – Full lunch based on the typical products of the area: from season appetizers to one pasta course among the most iconic of Emilia to end with home-made cakes. All paired up with local wine such as Lambrusco and/or Malvasia!

02:15 pm – Transfer to the province of Reggio/Emilia.

02:45 pm – Guided visit & tasting at a family-run production of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar PDO.

03:45 pm – End of activities and back to hotel / head on to your next destination.


Day 3

Morning – breakfast and check-out.

Cancellation Policy:

  • No fee up to 8 days before the starting day;
  • From 7 days to 3 days before the tour starting date: 50% penalty;
  • 48 hours’ notice: 70% penalty;
  • 24 hours’ notice: 100% penalty.

Please Note:

  • Program: the described program may undergo minor changes in the timings.
  • Pick-ups: If you add the car+driver supplement from a specific town, you will be picked up at your hotel downtown. If out of town, you could be asked to pay a further supplement.
  • Guide: the guide can decide whether to join you on board (only if you buy the car+driver supplement) or drive her/his own car. In case you selfdrive, the guide drives her/his own car in front of you and you just follow upon our itinerary instructions.
  • Lunch: the lunch can be arranged at a local restaurant, a Parma ham producer or an agriturismo depending on availability.
  • Live production: being artisanal and not industrial products, the working cycle is not repeated every day at the same time, so it is not guaranteed to see craftsmen at work at each site (for example: Wine and Vinegar making, Prosciutto di Parma, Culatello).

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