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  • Ham, cheese and balsamic vinegar in Parma

    Foodie holiday learning about Parma ham, Parmesan cheese and Balsamic vinegar in Parma

    Combine a city break in Parma with the Parma Golosa Experience, where you can visit the production site of three Italian staples: Parma ham, traditional balsamic vinegar and parmesan cheese.
    The tour will begin with a visit to one of the makers of the famous Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, which still employs the same traditional methods of production as 150 years ago. Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at this enchanting process and experience the magnificent stagionatura – the aging vaults – packed with approximately 2000 wheels. Accompanied by all the vivid scents you might expect, this part of the tour will culminate in a taste test and a glass of crisp white wine.
    Next, visit the curing workshop of Parma ham, where you will be guided through each fascinating step of the ham’s preparation, the last of which sees the ‘Naso’ -- master nose – judge the scent of the final product to ascertain its quality. Lunch here will include a serving of freshly carved ham.
    The tour’s last stop will take you through the process of making balsamic vinegar, or Aceto Balsamico Tradizional. You will see the 40 acre vineyards from which the finest grapes are selected, before entering the world of the balsam makers, who are the fourth generation of a family business dating back 100 years. After witnessing the different stages of production, you will be treated to your final tasting of the day, of 15, 22 and 28 year old Balsamico.
    All three stages of the tour represent an indulgent and sensory journey through the traditional and famous products of the region.
    You need to drive yourself to the factories but the visits are pre-arranged for you. You can attend just one or two of the three stages, but allow about 6 hours in total if you are planning to attend all three. The visits are conducted in English.

    Prices for a three night break staying at the Palace Hotel Maria Luigia in Parma including the visits to ham, cheese and balsamic vinegar sites start at £780 per person based on 2 people participating. The price comes down slightly if there are four of you.

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