The Parmesan cheese tour – Parma: Parmigiano Reggiano Factory departing from Bologna, Modena, Reggio Emilia.

How to see the Parmesan production at a dairy in Italy

Parmesan cheese is produced only once a day and you will find it only in a small area in northern Italy. In fact it is mainly produced in Modena, Parma and Reggio Emilila however there are some producers in the Bologna and Mantua provinces. To see the production it is recommended to arrive at the dairy between 8.15 am and 9.30 in case there is a possibility to see larger producers where the cheese making process ends later. The visit lasts about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Guests will be able to see with their eyes the whole process, from raw milk, the making of the curds, the brine process and the ageing cellars.

There are about 300 dairies in the DOP production areas and Emilia Delizia has selected some of the best places to see the cheese making. We visit family owned businesses or organic cooperatives where the Parmean or Parmigiano Reggiano as we call it in Italy. The milks come from cows owned by the producers in the area, and this milk must reach the dairy within 2 hours as it is specified by the consortium. Parmesan cheese is then aged for a minimum of 12 months before receiving an inspection and only then if it is approved it become a DOP product and it can be sold as Parmigiano Reggiano.

Emilia Delizia can organise a tour of the facility that produce the cheese, normally we can pick up the client from their hotel from Bologna at 7.15 am, or from Modena and Parma at 8.15 am. We can organise a car with driver to pick you up and an English speaking guide, however if you have your own car we can set you an itinerary that you can follow and save money on the chauffeur fees.



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4 thoughts on “The Parmesan cheese tour – Parma: Parmigiano Reggiano Factory departing from Bologna, Modena, Reggio Emilia.”

  1. Dear Sir,

    I plan to visit Parma region between 28th Apr to 3rd May and would like to visit the cheese factory in Parma. Ther are 5 of us. Would like to know how we can go about it.

    Thank you.


  2. Hi

    Do you have your own transport, or you would like us to organise it? Are you staying in Parma? Bologna or Modena?

  3. Hi, I am traveling in July with my family of 5 and would like to organize a tour. Are there tours on Saturday or Sunday with the cheese being made on those days? Or, only Monday through Friday? Right now my itinerary brings me through on Friday night into Saturday, July 5 -6th. Thank You.

  4. The Parmesan cheese is made 365 days a year, so virtually you can take the tour any day

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