Private Emilia Romagna Food Tour from Parma or Bologna

Torrechiara, Italy

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7 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English and 1 more


Italy is known for its food but the region of Emilia Romagna might be the best swath of Italy for culinary delights. And this private half- or full-day food tour packs in all that is delicious in the region. Opt to drive yourself or to have a driver take you, and then commence this fulfilling journey of edible treats in one of Italy's most gastronomic regions. Visit a prosciutto producer and a maker of Parmigiano in Parma, for example. Expect to eat like a real 'buona forchetta," the Italian word for a good eater. On the full-day tour, learn about balsamic vinegar.
  • Half- or full-day private food tour from Bologna or Parma
  • Discover the revered culinary heritage of Emilia Romagna, an area famed for its fresh produce
  • Visit a Parmesan cheese dairy, a Parma ham producer and a wine cellar
  • Pair filled pasta, cheese and cured meat with local wine during lunch at a local wine cellar
  • Tour a traditional balsamic vinegar house to learn how they make their specialty condiment (if full-day tour option selected)
  • Pickup and drop-off from central Parma or Bologna included (if car and driver option selected)
  • Receive undivided attention from a private guide
Half-Day Tour (5 Hours): Choose the half-day tour and get picked-up at your hotel or another designated meeting point in the center of Parma to commence this fun food-themed tour of the region. If you're driving your own car, pick up your guide in Parma and begin the tour of northern Italian deliciousness in Emilia Romagna.
The first stop is at a diary to sample some of the famed Parmesan (or Parmigiano) cheese. Often referred to as the 'King of Cheese,' Parmesan is aged for 12, 18 or 24 months and has a slightly different taste for each age. Learn about the process of making this amazing cheese and, of course, try some yourself.
Next up: stop by a producer of prosciutto. In Parma, this cured ham is famed the world over. Learn about the process of curing prosciutto and sample some of the melt-on-your palate pork. After, visit the medieval town of Torrechiara for a photo op in front of the imposing 15th-century castle.
Move on to lunch in a wine cellar in Parma where you'll get the chance to munch on cured meats, locally made cheeses and homemade cakes. Wash it all down with a glass of Malvasia or Lambrusco, a lovely sparkling red wine from the region. When you're done, head back to Parma or Bologna where the tour ends by being dropped off at your hotel or your own designated drop off point.
Full-Day Tour (7 Hours):
Follow the tour above as part of your morning itinerary. Then, post lunch, go try some authentic balsamic vinegar in Modena and Reggio Emilia, handcrafted by masters whose techniques go back to the Middle Ages. Learn how balsamic is made and taste some of it, as the guide instructs on what makes excellent balsamic vinegar.
In the afternoon, return to Parma or Bologna (depending on option selected), where your tour concludes.
Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.

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, Aug 2018

So sorry this is so late. Had a wonderful time with a local, Simonetta. She was so knowledgeable, we picked her up and drove to the ham factory, cheese factory and a winery with a delicious meal. It was as if we met a distant relative who was showing us around, and when she got into each factory she was met with warm and friendly reactions from the purveyors. We were able to witness first hand and get right in there with the cheese and ham makers. A truly rewarding experience. thank you for the lifetime of memories. There is no better way to see a new region by having a local show you around and get you knee deep involved.

Aryn F
, Apr 2018

The CHEESE! I learned so much about cheese. The store is on the first stop so make sure you buy the meat there too. If small is an issue for you being nose plugs the meat factory was a little ripe. Our guide was knowledgable friendly and fun. Great for the whole family.

, Jan 2018

Fantastic day in the Emilia Romagna region. Our guide, Georgia a native of Parma, was knowledgable and fun. Highly recommended.

, Jun 2017

Our private Emilia Romagna Food Tour was one of the highlights from our trip to Italy. Our tour guide met us in a central location and drove with us to each stop for the first part of our tour. Our guide was extremely informative, providing local history, history on the cheese making process and history on the curing of prosciutto. Our lunch was simply delicious. After lunch we journeyed to Modena for our tour of a family owned aged balsamic vinegar farm. Our tour was much more than expected and if you love food I would highly recommend this tour.

Allen G
, Oct 2016

This tour was amazing!

mark n
, Sep 2016

Excellent!!! Very well informed guide, beautiful locations, excellent tour over all. AAA

Camilla L
, Sep 2016

It was great. Michelle, our tour guide, was wonderful. She was so knowledgeable about every stop. I would like to have her for my friend. The lunch we had at the winery was delicious. I would recommend this tour to everyone. We also went to a restaurant for dinner that she recommended. Again, it was delicious. Thank you, Michellw

Joseph D
, Jul 2016

Best tour I ever was on!!! Paola and marchesi , father and son treated us like family. From the start to the end we were treated with respect and like kings. I would highly recommend this tour.

Shelene Y
, Jun 2016

Our tour guide Giorgia was a wonderfully passionate and proud Parma local. We enjoyed her personal stories about Parma's history and families food culture. We were running a bit behind due to traffic but we still managed to have a relaxing tour. Both the Parma Ham and The Parmesan Reggiano shop were excellent to see. The continued practice of the age old traditions in producing such quality products is admirable and made us appreciate Parma foods all the more. We had a nice quick stop at a beautiful old castle in the countryside before heading to a local vineyard for touring, tastings and lunch. The lunch and tastings were both beyond adequate in portions and quality. Such a wonderful way to delve further into this specific regions history, culture and traditions.

Ido A
, Mar 2016

We took the half day private tour in our own car. The guide, Julia, was really good. Very knowledgeable and very passionate about the uniqueness of the area


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