A Taste of Parma and Manarola: A Two-Day Itinerary of True Italy

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

Modena Food Walking Tour

Afternoon Aperitivo Tour

Italy is a treasure trove of rich history, abundant culture, and range of cuisines as diverse as its regions. For a taste of this true Italy, Parma, the birthplace of Parmesan cheese and Manarola, part of the stunning Cinque Terre are two destinations not to be overlooked.

Day 1: Parma – Land of Gastronomy and History

Arrive in Parma, a city in the northern region of Emilia-Romagna, renowned for its culminating cuisine and well-preserved medieval architecture. A walking tour through the city is an ideal way to get acquainted. Begin at Piazza Duomo, graced by the impressive Romanesque Cathedral and Baptistery. Admire their grand interiors and the beating spiritual heart of Parma.

Next, head to Teatro Regio, a world-famous opera house, where you can soak up its majestic aura even if a performance is not on the day’s program. A walk to Palazzo della Pilotta introduces you to a complex of museums and galleries exposing Parma’s artistic side.

Then, onto Parma’s delicacies! Parmesan cheese, or Parmigiano Reggiano, is a must-try. Visit near the outskirts of the city for a traditional cheese factory, or ‘caseificio’, such as Caseificio San Pier Damiani, where you can witness the process of cheese-making and enjoy a taste of this Parmesan gold straight from the source.

Your gastronomic exploration isn’t complete without prosciutto. Visit the Museo del Prosciutto e dei Salumi di Parma, where you can learn about the ham’s history followed by a tasting session that’ll make your taste buds dance with delight.

Day 2: Manarola – A Cinque Terre Dream

Swap the lush plains of Parma for the dramatic cliffs of Cinque Terre and set off to Manarola, a small, vibrant fishing village adorned with colorful houses perched on the rocks.

Arriving in Manarola, the view of the tiny harbor, charming houses with the backdrop of steep terraces and vineyards, is truly awe-inspiring. Take a stroll through its narrow lanes, admiring local art and crafts, and stop for a bite of fresh-off-the-boat seafood at a harbor side café.

In the afternoon, venture out onto the hiking trail to Corniglia, the next village along the rugged Cinque Terre coast. The hiking trail, known as La Via dell’Amore (The Love Path), rewards you with scenic vistas that capture the essence of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Return to Manarola in the evening for an unforgettable sunset, best viewed from the harbor or Nesun Dorma, a popular open-air bar perched on the cliffs. Don’t miss out on trying a glass (or two!) of Sciacchetrà, a sweet dessert wine typical of the region.

From the gastronomic delights and cultural charm of Parma to the picturesque and serene Manarola, this two-day itinerary provides the quintessential Italian experience. Traversing these varied landscapes, immersing in the region’s traditions, and savoring its culinary delights offer glimpses into the rich tapestry that makes Italy an enduring and enchanting destination.

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

Modena Food Walking Tour

Afternoon Aperitivo Tour