Parmigiano, Prosciutto & Balsamico Tour in Parma & Modena

Relish the tastes and flavors of authentic Italian cuisine as you explore Food Valley, the delicious region surrounding Parma and Modena. You’ll make several stops to taste Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, prosciutto ham, Aceto Balsamico (balsamic vinegar), and local wine. Learn how farmers, ranchers, and artisans make these unique products and enjoy a delicious 6-course lunch at a family-run restaurant.

You'll start with a visit to a local Parmigiano‐Reggiano DOP producer. The secret to such delicious cheese comes from its origin, natural feed, and high-quality milk with no additives. During the long aging process, biological fermenting agents in the milk give the cheese its particular flavor and texture. Parmigiano‐Reggiano is not manufactured but instead made today as it was eight centuries ago! Artisans use precious milk from its origin, fire, rennet, the expertise of old methods, and the skill and knowledge of cheese masters. At the end of your visit, you’ll enjoy a cheese tasting.

Next, make your way to a prosciutto DOP producer. One of the earliest references to ham production in this region appeared around 100 BCE in the writings of Cato, who described the practice of burying pork legs in barrels filled with salt. Learn about the long process of creating prosciutto and enjoy a delicious tasting.

Continue to discover Italy’s “black gold,” the traditional balsamic vinegar produced only in the areas of Modena and Reggio Emilia. The families of the region have always been very proud of their production. They use a set of barrels in the attic to honor ancient family traditions from noble roots. Taste this special traditional balsamic vinegar and learn family recipes and secrets!

To end your tour, enjoy a wine tasting in the most famous cellar of the region. You’ll tour the winery and learn how the farmers pick, crush, blend, and bottle their grapes. Pass through beautiful vineyards with the winery’s sommelier and taste the finished product. Your day will conclude with a 6-course gourmet lunch accompanied by a selection of local wines served in a family-run restaurant on the hills.

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