Day Itinerary: Parma, Prosciutto Ham and Culatello at Antica Corte Pallavicina – An Enriching Italian Experience

Parmesan, Balsamic & Ham Tour - Foodie's Delight Tour

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Italy is a confluence of culinary excellence, scenic marvels, and historical opulence. Among its diverse cities, a quaint little town called Parma in the Northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna lies, oozing with flavorsome delicacies, architectural grandeur, and cultural heritage. At its heart stands a castle turned restaurant, the Antica Corte Pallavicina, renowned for its Culatello di Zibello, an irresistible gastronomic delight that is a must-experience on any Parma itinerary.

Morning – Start at the Heart of Parma

Kickstart your journey exploring the architectural wonders of Parma. Famous for its 12th-century cathedral, Parma houses the magnificent Duomo di Parma, known for its Romanesque architecture and stunning frescos. The San Giovanni Evangelista, a sister church to the cathedral, boasts an elaborate interior with breathtaking artworks. Exploring these architectural marvels not only deepens your understanding of Parma’s rich history but also enriches your visual senses.

Lunch – Parma’s Culinary Affair

A trip to Parma is incomplete without immersing yourself in the city’s legendary culinary delights. From heavenly Parma ham (prosciutto di Parma) to the distinctive Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Parma gifts its visitors an unforgettable gastronomic experience. Have lunch at a local trattoria, where traditional dishes such as tortelli d’erbetta (spinach and ricotta ravioli) are served, along with a generous helping of Parmigiano-Reggiano tossed over it. Follow it up with an entrée of thinly sliced, buttery-soft prosciutto di Parma.

Afternoon – Prosciutto Production Factory Visit

Post lunch, head for a prosciutto factory tour which is an insightful session to watch the careful preparation process of Parma’s beloved ham. See how each slab of meat is salted, cured, and aged to perfection, resulting in the delectable Prosciutto di Parma. Witnessing this intricate process of prosciutto-making accentuates one’s appreciation for this savory treat, adding a new depth to your culinary exploration.

Late Afternoon – Journey to Antica Corte Pallavicina

For the late afternoon, reserve a trip to the Antica Corte Pallavicina, a moated castle reimagined into a farmhouse-restaurant that houses one of Parma’s most exclusive delicacies – the delicious Culatello di Zibello. Translating to “little backside,” Culatello is among the finest cured meats in the world.

Evening – An Unforgettable Meal

At Antica Corte Pallavicina, indulge in a carefully curated meal that celebrates the local ingredients, with Culatello as its showstopper. The star accompaniment on your plate is a set of finely aged Culatello di Zibello, boasting a rich, complex flavor that represents the epitome of Italy’s culinary mastery. The dining experience inside this medieval estate is enhanced by the perfect pairing of local Lambrusco, a sparkling red wine.

Conclusively, Parma is truly an unmissable stop for every foodie and history enthusiast visiting Italy. Its well-preserved historical sites, paired with its unique gastronomy—anchored by the famous Prosciutto di Parma and the incomparable Culatello di Zibello—offer a travel experience unlike any other, locking your senses into an ever-lasting Italian love affair. Be prepared to find joy in every bite you take and every site you visit, taking a piece of Parma’s flavor and history with you.

Parmesan, Balsamic & Ham Tour - Foodie's Delight Tour

Modena Food Walking Tour

Afternoon Aperitivo Tour