Private Emilia Romagna Food Tour from Parma or Bologna - Reviews

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

This tour was amazing!

mark n

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

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

Camilla L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 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

Sharon M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Our guide was extremely pleasant and informative.

Lorraine S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Was a fun tour!
We were a little late getting started as we were staying in a town quite a ways from Parma - and got lost in the lovely countryside trying to find the first location. We had thought we were going to have a tour guide in the vehicle with us to show us where to go, but then another group booked with a driver and the guide was with them.
After that little hiccup, however, things went smoothly. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and easy going.
Initially, we had balked at the cost - but in the end were so glad we made the decision to do it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

We arranged the tour to begin from our Bologna hotel for six of us and were picked up at 7:30 AM by driver Andre with his very comfortable six passenger Mercedes tourist van. Traveled to a meeting point where we picked up our guide Amanda. Introduction's were made and she followed with her own private car to our first stop Reggiano Parmigiano chees producer. At the plant we were asked to wear plastic covers over our clothes, shoes and heads while walking about the facility. Amanda was well prepared and explained the entire process with complete freedom to move about out of the way of the workers and overlooking the process. We followed the entire process of a days production to the final placing of the cheese into molds. In transit to our next stop, Dolce Culatta Prosciutto producer, we stopped for a picture taking opportunity of the Torrechiara Castle and continued traveling along beautiful countryside. Arriving at the Culatta plant we followed the same procedure as the cheese producer and covered our clothing etc. The activities were at a minimum however Amanda filled us in as to what stages the processing was going through. We did see one process where the hams are covered with lard and then hung for additional curing. Impressive facility! On to a local winery as the grapes were being harvested, brought in and crushed. Typical winery however we were served a delicious multi course meal with wine and super dessert. Amanda bid her farewell to our group as the next stop to a balsamic vinegar producer was not escorted as the owner and family member did an excellent job of telling us about the entire very long aging process. Medici Ermete Aceto Balsamco very tasty. There was also a very nice museum attached to their facility. Our trip was over as the day approached late afternoon and Andre chauffeured us expertly back to our Bologna hotel.

Judith W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

Our guide, Claudia, was excellent. So informative, intelligent and a lovely person. Learning the process of making parmigiano and prosciutto was very interesting and the lunch was quite good.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

Awesome tour - guide was fabulous. Met our guide near Parma without a problem and was taken to a cheese factory then prosciutto factory. Very interesting even to our 15 year old! Ended the tour at a winery where lunch and wine were great. I highly recommend this tour.

Mary Beth O

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2015

The cheese making process was great to watch. I wish we would have known that the ham operation runs Monday to Friday only. We got a tour of the facility which was nice. Lunch was fine, but really enjoyed meeting with and talking to the balsamic vintner.

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