Food Valley Gourmet Tour – The Original (Full Day)

One Day Experiences




6 Hours

Starting Time:

08:30 am


Monday to Sunday

Ever dreamt of spending a full day in the Food Valley of Italy with a top-notch guide and the most famous gourmet products of the world all around you? Well, here you can!

  • Private licensed expert guide for Parmigiano, Prosciutto and lunchtime (English guaranteed / other languages upon request with specific supplement) + staff person/owner for the private visit at the Balsamic Vinegar production’s – Guided visit & tasting at a Parmigiano
  • Reggiano dairy with final tasting
  • Picture stop at the Castle of Torrechiara – Guided visit tasting at a Prosciutto di Parma producer’s
  • Typical full lunch
  • Guided visit & tasting at a Traditional Balsamic Vinegar producer’s
  • Everything not mentioned in the inclusions

08:30 am – Start your day with one of our Cheese Factory Tours. Meet our guide in Parma 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 byhand 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.

To follow – Picture-stop at the medieval fortified village of Torrechiara dominated by its breathtaking castle: one of the most spectacular among the manors included in the Italian network called Castles of the Duchy, it dates back to the early Renaissance time and – with its gentle lines and the golden frescoes housed in the highest tower – it still represents the switch from the Middle Ages to the modern era.

11:15 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 the best ham can only be made in the hills of Parma, where the marino wind blows from the Ligurian Sea through the river valley.

12:30/45 pmFull lunch based on the typical products of the area: Prosciutto as well as other kind of local cold cuts, a typical stuffed pasta dish (tortelli di Parma), homemade cakes. All paired up with local wines like Lambrusco and 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.

Please Note:

  • Program: the described program may undergo minor changes in the timings;
  • Pick-ups: If you choose the car+driver option the price is calculated considering a pick-up from Parma or immediate surroundings (max 15 Km). Pick-ups from other locations can be purchased with a surcharge to be agreed upon by email request;
  • Guide: the guide is let to decide whether to join you on board (only with car+driver grade) or drive her/his own car. In case you drive your own car the guide drives her/his own car in front of you and you just follow upon itinerary instructions;
  • Lunch: the lunch can be arranged at a local restaurant, a Parma ham producer or an agriturismo depending on availability;
  • It is not guaranteed to see the craftsmen at work at every production: being artisanal and not industrial products, the working cycle is not repeated every day at the same time (eg. Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, wine making, Prosciutto di Parma, Culatello).

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.


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