A daytrip from Bologna to experience the making of cheese, ham and balsamico, with tastings and factory visits. Includes lunch and round-trip transportation
- Parmesan Cheese Factory Visit and Tasting
- Prosciutto Ham Factory Visit and Tasting
- Balsamic Vinegar Factory Visit and Tasting
- Hotel pick-up and transportation
- Private guide
- Lunch and wine included
This small group food tour will take you to the surroundings of Bologna to visit the best producers of balsamic vinegar, prosciutto ham, and Parmesan cheese in the Emilia Romagna region.
You will go inside the workshops to see how the products are made and enjoy tastings of these delicious specialties right at the producers facilities plus a special lunch to try some of the best food and wine the region has to offer, all included.
The tour will start from your hotel/apartment in Bologna with a minivan pick-up. This tour can also be easily done from Florence, Venice, Milan or other cities with pick-up at the train station (please email us for more information).
The first visit of this daytrip will be at a Parmesan cheese factory. Arriving early will allow you to see the production process starting from the fresh milk until the final product: the king of all cheeses, the Parmigiano Reggiano or Parmesan as it is known around the world. This cheese is produced within a restricted area that includes Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Bologna (on the western bank of Reno River) and Mantova (on the eastern bank of the Po River). The cheese is handmade by craftsmen using traditional methods handed down for more than eight centuries. You will also see the cellars where hundreds of rounds are stored for aging and you will have a tasting of this delicious cheese.
The second stop of our daytrip will be at of one of the oldest producer of the traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. This type of balsamic vinegar is produced from cooked grape must, aged at least 12 years, and is protected under the European Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) system. We will have the chance to learn more about the techniques used to get such a special product, see the casks where the vinegar is stored for aging and we will taste different types of balsamic vinegar.
With the third stop we reach a traditional prosciutto crudo (ham) producer. Together with the tour inside the factory, we will also have the chance to taste this special product and will learn how only four ingredients are used to get such special product: pork, salt, air and time.
Finally we will reach a countryside trattoria to enjoy a lunch with other specialty food of the region and local wines (included in the price of the tour). At the end of the day the driver will take you back to your hotel in Bologna.
This tour is done in small groups of maximum 18 people.
Hotel pick-up, transportation, visit to ham producer with tasting, visit to Parmesan cheese producer with tasting, visit to balsamic vinegar producer with tasting, light lunch with wine
At your hotel/apartment in Bologna (for other pick-up points please email us)
Comfortable walking shoes