Food Valley Gourmet Tour – The Big Fives (Full Immersion Day)

One Day Experiences


Province of Parma


6 Hours

Starting Time:

08:30 am


Monday to Friday

Only for the braves! A full immersion tour from the hills to the lowlands of Parma to learn about the 5 big milestones of the Emilian cuisine, all marked with Denomination of Protected Origin and known by the top-notch chefs around the world: Parmigiano-Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, Culatello di Zibello and Vini dei Colli di Parma. No dinner needed at the end!

  • Private licensed expert guide until Prosciutto visit (English/other languages upon supplement)
  • Private guided visit & tasting at a Parmigiano-Reggiano dairy
  • Private guided visit & tasting at a Culatello producer’s
  • Private guided visit & tasting at a local wine producer’s
  • Private guided visit & tasting at a Prosciutto di Parma producer’s
  • Private guided visit & tasting at a Traditional Balsamic Vinegar producer’s (run by the owner)
  • Everything not mentioned in the inclusions

08:30 am – Start your Parma Cheese Tour here. 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! Fromthe 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.

11:00 am – Private guided visit to an utmost artisanal family-run production of Culatello di Zibello PDO: VIPs like Prince Charles of England and Prince Albert of Monaco use to top their cellars up with this incredible product…no doubt why! Final tasting of this unique pork cured meat paired with a glass of local wine Fortana.

01:30 pm – Private wine tasting at a vineyard owner’s in the hills of Parma to celebrate the aromatic essence of the white Malvasia CDO and the red Rosso dei Colli CDO.

02:45 pm Private guided visit with final tasting at one of the 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 Tyrrhenian all along this very specific river valley.

03:45 pm – Transfer to the province of Reggio-Emilia.

04:30 pm – Private Guided visit & tasting at a family-run production of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar PDO (visit held by the owner).

05:30 pm – End of experience and head back on to your hotel.

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: this tour does not include a full lunch, but rather multiple tastings.
  • 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).
  • Car transfer times: this is a full-immersion tour throughout the entire province of Parma, the car transfer times can last from 30 to 50 minutes each.
  • Our drivers are NOT driver-guides, since this kind of professional profile is forbidden by the Italian law.

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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