Parma: 3 Gourmet Food Tour with Optional Gourmet Lunch.
Tours begins at 8.30 am and ends at 13.30.
Meeting point in Parma your hotel or Parma train station.
Options: self drive client drives own car, and includes professional guide guiding the tour.
Chauffeured: We can organise a chauffeured tour too please see options below.
Included: Parmesan cheese production + Parmesan of different ageing tasting. Balsamic vinegar producer tour + Balsamic vinegar tour + tasting of traditional balsamic vinegar. Parma ham visit + Parma ham tour + generous Parma ham tasting with bread.
Additional: winery lunch can be added to this tour.
Emilia Delizia organises cheese, vinegar and ham tours in the provinces in Bologna, Parma and Modena. We are probably one of the few companies who will take you to see full cheese production in the world. So if you are after a culinary and educational experience in Italy we are the right people to contact. We organise foodie explorations with English speaking guides and if you do not have a vehicle we can also organise transport for you. We do private exclusive gourmet tours for small parties of 2 people or families travelling together but we can also organise incentive travel experiences for lager groups.
Our best selling tour: three gourmet foods in one day.
If you decide to stay in Emilia-Romagna there is nothing better than spending a day with us touring a day with us the specialities of this incredible land: Parmesan cheese, Traditional balsamic vinegar, Parma ham and other local salamis.
Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese Tours.
This cheese, otherwise known as Parmesan cheese, is produced in Modena, Parma and Reggio Emilia and in some areas around Bologna and Mantua. The cheese is a DOP product (designation of protected origin) and it is protected and controlled by the consortium. This means that the cheese can only be made in this particular area using traditional method and no preservatives or other ingredients. The cheese is produced in the morning once a day 365 days a year. For more information and a detailed description of the tour please see this page.
Traditional Balsamic Vinegar Tour
Emilia Delizia visits small producers who make the vinegar with this age old tradition of fractional ageing. The vinegar is also a DOP product and it is carefully controlled by the balsamic vinegar consortium which checks that the standards are met. The black gold of Modena is aged for a minimum of 12 years up to 24 years for the extra old, in the province of Reggio Emilia, we find the vinegar can be also aged 28 years and over to develop its intense and incredible aromas. As part of our tour, we will be glad to organise a guided visit to one of these small producers.
Parma ham tour
Parma ham is only produced in a tiny area south of Parma in the town of Langhirano. Emilia Delizia visits small producers and family-run businesses. On our tour, we will be able to see the facilities and understand how this ham it is cured and aged on this beautiful rolling hills. On our 3 gourmet food tours, our day ends here with a generous tasting of the ham and other salami.
The 3 gourmet food tour lunch – 3 courses lunch to die for!
The lunch includes a starter of thinly sliced Parma ham straight from the producer and other local cured meats including Salame di Felino, Coppa, Culatello and Fiocco as well as Parmesan cheese. The starter is the followed by the main course which is TORTELLI ALLA PARMIGIANA (ricotta and herbs stuffed fresh egg pasta topped with butter and parmesan cheese). The meal will continue with homemade desserts, such as local jam tarts, coffee, homemade digestive liquor (Barniolino). For those who do not eat meat we can arrange a vegetarian starter, as well a menu for those with food intolerances (this lunch option is only available for tour beginning in Parma)
Our lunch in Pictures.
3 gourmet food tour and Lambrusco wine at an organic winery.
For a tour from Parma it is possible to combine 3 gourmet food such as Parmesan and balsamic vinegar and ham and salami plus a visit to an organic winery. In this area, the king of wines is the Lambrusco a wine that it is discovering itself and it is popularity is going from strength to strength. In fact, many producers received prizes for their quality Lambrusco wines. If you are in Italy this is a unique chance to discover this red, and frothy wine, probably unique in its kind.
Touring the 3 gourmet foods from Bologna.
If your base is in Bologna you will need to take the local train to Parma where we pick up from station. If you have your own car we can organise the tour as a self-drive tour and provide you with a guide and book the visits. While staying in Bologna, it is possible to visit the hilltop church of San Luca, the longest porticoes in the world, the oldest university. Piazza Maggiore with its beautiful fountain, and last but not least the 2 towers representing the most powerful families of ancient Bologna.
The tour from Modena.
Parma is easily reached from Modena by train or motorway. This town is often overlooked by the gourmet visitor but it is actually better to stay here the night before as you will need to leave later and have more sleep. Modena has a large number of a great restaurants including the worldwide famous OSTERIA FRANCESCANA of Massimo Bottura. Modena is the home of some of the most famous supercar marques such as Ferrari and Maserati. The new museum CASA NATALE ENZO FERRARI is a bonus for the visitor who want to see the history of these cars in this new and stylish exposition. Not to forget the DUOMO OF MODENA which is part of the world heritage due to its unique ROMANESQUE architecture.
The tour from Parma.
Parma is surely becoming a worldwide recognised destination for its great cuisine and its incredible food heritage. With Emilia Delizia it is possible to visit Parmigiano Reggiano, balsamic vinegar and Parma ham all in one day. The departure from Parma is at around 8.30 am and the tour ends at about 4 pm. If you stay in Bologna we recommend also to see the Duomo with its incredible Romanesque architecture and its frescoes. Parma also produces a large variety of cold cuts, apart from the notorious prosciutto di Parma we can find the incredible Culatello only produced in small batches and aged in ancient brick cellars, we also find many kinds of salamis amongst others there is the Salame di Felino.
The tour from Reggio Emilia.
This town often totally ignored by the tourists, offers great food and very high standard accommodation right in the centre, from here you can easily tour the Parmesan production as Reggio Emilia it is right in the cradle of the production of this cheese. Also, in this province traditional balsamic vinegar is also produced, maybe less known of its Modena counterpart however still produced in small batches under the loft. From here it is also possible to visit the Parma ham producers as it will not be too far or it is possible to visit some producer of Culatello di Montagna, a kind of ham cured without the bone.
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The group (and me) was VERY satisfied. We really enjoyed the Parmegiano Regiano which was interesting and we got to buy some delicate and cheap cheese, the same with the balsamico. The Ferrari driving was off course an experience for life. The Winery lunch felt very genuine and the people there was really welcoming and nice people. The genuine feeling there was however the big plus for us.
Paolo was excellent as our guide. He also felt very genuine. He did not talk just for the sake of talking, but when he had something to say he did it in a respectful and nice way. Everyone in the group really liked him.
I wanted to let you know what a great day we had this past Friday on our tour with Jacamo. (Probably not spelling it right) He was very nice and explained everything to us. It sure gives you a new appreciation when you are slicing cheese. 🙂 Our tour ended with him taking us to the vineyard for a tour and lunch and there, Paolo, the owner could not have been more nicer. It was a perfect ending.
Please let Jacamo know what a great job he did and how much we really appreciated it and his knowledge
The website is well structured and we received a prompt answer to all questions. Gabriele supported us with all information we needed and the organization before the trip was excellent.
We had an air conditioned van, which was very relaxing through the whole tour. The first stop was the parmigiano production, which was very impressive and interesting. We could learn and especially see all the different steps and even taste the various aged parmigiano. The second step was the balsamic vinegar tasting. Finally the meat part was interesting in the museum but we hoped that we also could see more about the production and their work, but the tasting was delicious. In overall we had a very informative and well accommodated half day with our guide
It was great experience! We visited Parmesan cheese production, Balsamic vinegar farm, Ham museum and Farmer's lunch. Our guide gave us a detailed explanation, we were very satisfied. An excellent tour for a reasonable price, highly recommended.
Nous sommes une famille de cinq et nous avons adoré notre expérience. Les trois endroits étaient choisis judicieusement. Notre guide était très généreuse et super gentille. Nous recommandons ce tour ( parmesan, vinaigre balsamique et jambon de parme).
My family felt our first trip to Italy must include a tour of a Parmesan Cheese Factory so when I stumbled on this website several months ago I had no idea what I treasure I found! From the moment I submitted a request for the tour, my experience with Emilia Delizia was first rate. Gabriele provided excellent customer service by patiently answering all my questions to guide me through the selection and reservation of our Foodie Delight Tour. Paolo, our driver, was prompt, cordial and knowledgeable about the processes we were observing and the area in general conveying loads of information with his well-developed English speaking skills. Our stop in Modena fell on a Saturday so we were quite fortunate to end up with a private tour which allowed us to have a nice, personal interaction with the people at each site. Everyone was friendly, generous with the tastings and we never felt rushed to move along to the next location. Now that we have returned to the states, my family agrees this tour was a highlight of our 10 day trip. I was really looking forward to this excursion and am glad to report it exceeded my expectations.
Unbelievable!!! Totally recommend the full hour to anyone and was more than I expected.
I also want to recognize Alex Pignone who accompanied me,He was very professional and extremely knowledgeable and made me feel like I have known Him forever and where two friends out for a cruise.
Thank You for allowing me to get one more item off my bucket list.
Today was a great day. Everything worked perfectly and we had a great time! We can't wait for tomorrow for my second day with you.
The tour was great - Paulo was very helpful
The timing of the stops were well planned, we had sufficient time for each of the sites and Paulo gave a good background throughout the tour (history, layout of factories, how vinegar was made etc)
Many thanks for the arrangement
The pickup and transfer was very good, the driver was friendly and informative, a great day all round.