In Italy finding bad food is almost impossible but in Emilia Romagna food reaches a new whole level of quality and interest. Parmesan cheese, Parma ham and balsamic vinegar need no introduction. This is the main why tourists want to visit Bologna, Parma and Verona: world renowned gourmet food at its best paired to amazing wines.
Take an unforgettable journey to the birthplace of such culinary treasures as home-made stuffed pasta, ragù alla Bolognese and Lambrusco.
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Explore local villages, fresh food markets, and ancient Roman cultural sites in a region regarded by Italians as one of the country’s gastronomic heartlands, Emilia Romagna will delight you with its authentic atmosphere, rich lifestyle, and exceptional cuisine.
After this discovery-tour of Emilia Romagna you will head to the Verona countryside for another incredible experience in the Valpolicella region. Here you will stay in the 5-star luxury wine resort of Villa Cordevigo.
The experience will include guided tours of the ancient town centres of Parma, Verona and Bologna, including the Duomo (Cathedral), Baptistry, and Farnese Theater, as well as other local points of interest that make these cities of art famous worldwide.
When in Modena discover the best of Italy’s motoring heritage with a visit to the Ferrari and Lamborghini museums.
To satisfy your foodie soul instead, we have prepared some special activities, including a guided tasting tour of a local dairy farm where the famous Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is produced. We will also take you to a plant that produces the famed Prosciutto di Parma ham and to a local wine cellar, Vini dei Colli di Parma, at the foot of the Parma hills, where you will be given a tasting lunch of gourmet products and local wines.
Transfer to the Parma countryside known as the “Bassa Parmense” (flat countryside of Parma), where you will be treated to another unique experience. First you will be welcomed at the farm by Chef Massimo Spigaroli, the “King of Ham,” where you will learn about the prime-cut ham, “Culatello di Zibello.” After a brief introduction it will be time to start cooking in one his signature cooking classes that focusses on a variety of meats. And you will be able to see how Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena (the famed balsamic vinegar of Modena) is made by a visit to a local producer.
Parma is the first town in Italy which has been recognized as world heritage for its gastronomy. There is no better way to experience Parma than with a tour dedicated to its traditional “botteghe” (workshops ) and markets. Mingle through the streets, buy some exceptional ”Salame Felino” at the Salumeria Garibaldi. If you love cheese, you can’t miss the “Casa del formaggio” - the real paradise for foodies! Stop for an authentic lunch at the “Osteria I Tre Socchiet” or the bistrot Borgo 20. A place we really love is the Trattoria ai Due Platani just outside Parma. Here also the 3 Michelin stars chef Gualtiero Marchesi likes to spend sometime before starting the lesson at the ALMA the world’s leading international educational and training centre for Italian Cuisine.
If you are stopping by Parma, make sure to stop in the countryside to one of the farms, famous for their mouth watering prosciutto crudo like Fratelli Galloni and Rosa dell’Angelo. Our favorite spot is “Corte Pallavicina” - in this country house not only you can find a Michelin starred restaurant but you can also visit the first museum of Culatello (most prestigious type of Italian ham), storing more than 5000 culatello ham including those intended for Prince of Wales, Charles
Amarone is premium (and expensive) wine which, unfortunately, is not well-known abroad. It is one of our favorite wines and there is no better place to start your wine tour in Villa Cordevigo resort, in Valpollicella region. Do not forget to go and visit Ferragù Estate, one of the best wine producers in the area. Carlo and his brothers, are the creators of one of the best Amarone. Its fame is continously growing every year so take a chance to try this hidden gem before it’s too late!