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From Parma: Parma Ham Farm Tour and Tasting

1. From Parma: Parma Ham Farm Tour and Tasting

Immerse yourself in the age-old traditions of Parma ham production on a guided tour and tasting at a ham farm. After getting picked up from your accommodation in Parma, make your way to the traditional farm. Here, meet your guide and set out to discover the secrets of the region's most famous delicacy. Explore the small organic farm, meet the producers, and learn everything there is to know about the entire process from farm to plate, from breeding and raising the pigs, to selecting and salting the fresh haunches, and visit the cooling, salting and resting rooms.  Then, visit the cellar branding areas, which are usually inaccessible to the public, where the "Naso" adds the fire branding of the twin crowns of Parma Ham, certifying the ham fit for the tables of the top restaurants of Parma, Italy, and the world. Finally, enjoy an expert-led tasting of the delicious hams, paired with local delicacies and wines.

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Parma: Parmigiano and Prosciutto Guided Tour

2. Parma: Parmigiano and Prosciutto Guided Tour

Meet your expert guide at Roadhouse Restaurant in Parma, on Viale delle Esposizioni. You will begin the culinary tour at an authentic producer of Parmigiano-Reggiano, discovering how the "King of all Cheeses" has been made in the same way since the Benedectine monks invented it centuries ago. You will see the making first-hand, as well as the walls of cheese, with a tasting at the end, of course. From there you will stop at the medieval village of Torrechiara for a photo opportunity by its romantic castle. Then, on to one of Parma's family-run ham factories producing the famous Prosciutto di Parma. Lunch will be based on the typical products of the region, at a farm-to-table restaurant: Parmigiano, Prosciutto as well as other kind of local cold cuts, a typical filled pasta dish (tortelli di Parma), and homemade cakes. All paired up with local wines like Lambrusco and Malvasia.

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Parma Private Home Cooking Class

3. Parma Private Home Cooking Class

Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, Your guide, or Cesarina will share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Immerse yourself in a private cooking class at your guide's home. Learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines.  During the lesson, the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Participants will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that'll stay with you for life.

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Parma: Modena Balsamic Vinegar Tasting Tour

4. Parma: Modena Balsamic Vinegar Tasting Tour

The tour starts with a view and a walking on the splendid 40-acre vineyards estate, before continuing with a visit of the rooms where this "black gold" is produced, aged, and preserved within ancient wooden barrels. You will then taste 3 traditional balsamic vinegars which are 15, 22, and 28 years old, combined with local delicacies. One of the finest of all food products originating from Emilia Romagna is traditional balsamic vinegar from the Modena and Parma area. It is made only from the Trebbiano grapevine. Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Reggio Emilia and of Modena is a real jewel for all foodies. It is a unique vinegar-based condiment as it is produced directly from grape juice. The liquid is then placed in wooden barrels and through an oxidation process over several years is transformed into the finest vinegar in the world. At the conclusion of your regional experience, you will be returned to your tour starting point in Parma.

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Parma: Fidenza Village, Parma City Center, and Food Tasting

5. Parma: Fidenza Village, Parma City Center, and Food Tasting

Discover the beautiful city center of Parma, Italy's Capital of Culture 2020 on this walking tour with local food tasting. Sample some local eats at quaint little food and wine shops. Meet your guide in the morning or afternoon and start exploring Parma's fantastic city center. Seek out small, traditional food and wine shops, enjoy tastings, and chat with the locals. Learn more about the history of Parma. From the 1000 year-old medieval district to the frescoes of the Renaissance artists in the domes, to the neoclassic Teatro Regio, the city's buildings represent many different periods in Italian history.

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Parma Classic Walking Tour

6. Parma Classic Walking Tour

This tour takes you on a journey from the Roman era in Parma, through to the Middle Ages. You will discover the beauty of Romanesque designs and the rich heritage of the Renaissance here. Along the way, you will see Benedetto Antelami's Baptistery with its marvellous paintings and the Bishop's Palace, dating back to 11th Century. The itinerary also includes the Pilotta Palace, with its unique Farnese theater. Stroll through the historical center of Parma and see the Teatro Regio (Opera House), the main square, and other historical buildings.

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Parma: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

7. Parma: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private dining experience at a local's home, enjoying an exclusive show cooking and tasting authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian "Mammas". This experience will allow you to feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. You will enjoy a 4-course menu including a starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, and dessert, with drinks included (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars and coffee). At the conclusion of your experience, you will also be free to take a souvenir back home: an official apron.

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Market Tour and Meal in Parma

8. Market Tour and Meal in Parma

Le Cesarine is Italy's first and finest network of home cooks. Since 2004, Le Cesarine have been sharing the joy of regional Italian cuisine with thousands of travellers from all over the world. If you want to uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, Le Cesarine are here to share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Visit the local market with your Cesarina. Enjoy the atmosphere of an Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produce from the land. When you return to your Cesarina’s home, attend a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secret of her family cookbook while preparing one of the dishes right in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a four course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, main course with side dish, dessert. Drinks included are water, a selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home memories that'll stay with you for life.

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Parma: Markets and Cooking Class at a Cesarina's Home

9. Parma: Markets and Cooking Class at a Cesarina's Home

On this tour, you can go food shopping like a local with your "Cesarina", enjoying the distinctive Italian local markets and learning how to recognize the best produce from the land. You can immerse yourself in a private cooking class at the Cesarina's home, where you will learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruits of your labor accompanied by local wines. During your lesson, your Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic local recipes. You can have fun putting your cooking skills to the test, with your Cesarina-guide helping you along the way. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils, and all the ingredients required to make the dishes. After your cooking class, you will of course get to taste everything you have prepared, accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home some handy Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

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From Florence: Parmesan and Balsamic Vinegar Factory Tour

10. From Florence: Parmesan and Balsamic Vinegar Factory Tour

Step back in time to learn how Parmigiano Reggiano is made with this visit to a ‘caseficio,’ or cheese factory. Find out why the provinces of Parma, Modena and Reggio Emilia are the only ones that can produce authentic Parmigiano Reggiano. Watch cheesemakers at work as they cook the milk to separate the whey and lift the Parmigiano Reggiano, followed by a visit to the aging room. Here, admire the rows upon rows of cheese wheels aging and inhale their sweet perfume the air. Finish the tour by tasting Parmesan cheese paired with honey and marmalade. Afterward, make your way to Modena and pay a visit to the traditional food market. Inside the market, enjoy a Lambrusco wine tasting accompanied by traditional Modena ham and more. Fall in love with this sweet frizzante wine that has become a symbol of the Modena province. Then stop for lunch in a typical Modenese trattoria and enjoy an authentically prepared 3-course Italian meal served with a fantastic Lambrusco wine. After lunch, take a “passeggiata” (leisurely walk) around the streets of Modena. Car lovers can pay a visit to the Enzo Ferrari Museum of Modena. Next, head to an Acetaia (balsamic vinegar factory) where you will have a private tour of the cellars. Receive a full explanation of the vinegar making process, from the pressing of the grapes and cooking the wort in the boiler, to the filtration and mixing. You will also have the opportunity to taste the balsamic vinegar “Tradizionale” and “Extravecchio”, before heading back to Florence.

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What people are saying about Parma

Great fun preparing and then eating a great lunch

Marghaurita was great. Showing me in great detail three items for lunch. She is passionate about food and teaching. We enjoyed cooking and talking about our own families. She is now part of my Italian family. It’s a 42 minute bus ride from my hotel to her home out of the centre of Parma but she went out of her way to instruct me on the correct bus route out of town. She licked me yo from the station.

We enjoyed this tour very much. From the minute we were whisked away in the ban, our family of 5 had fun chatting with our wonderful driver. When we arrived, the tour itself included many interesting facts about balsamic vinegar and the production process. We were able to see many different areas of the production facility as well. And of course, the tasting at the end was my favorite part!

Extensive explanation about Parma ham and other products from the region. The ham was delicious!

Very nice contact & good food to enjoy a typical Italian dinner - the perfect opportunity

Very interesting, and a great and beutiful location