Discover the treasures of the Italian Food Valley: visit a dairy producing Parmigiano Reggiano, a historical “acetaia” where you will learn the secrets of balsamic vinegar and a producer of the famous Prosciutto di Parma.
The morning will begin with a visit to the dairy that will show you how one of the most famous Parma gastronomic delicacies in the world is produced. You will see how the milk is processed and transformed into Parmigiano Reggiano. You will discover why this cheese, without any chemical additives, can be preserved for years improving its quality. Finally, you will learn to distinguish the various maturations thanks to the tasting guided by our expert.
Then you will reach the Castle of Torrechiara, one of the most evocative and significant examples of Italian castle architecture, the kingdom of the love story between Pier Maria Rossi and the beloved Bianca Pellegrini. Everything speaks of their passion in epic-chivalrous style. After the visit of the castle it will be like stepping back in time, walking through the narrow streets of the ancient surrounding village, from which you can admire the enchanting landscape of the hills.
Lunch in a traditional osteria with a tasting of local specialties.
In the afternoon, reach a family-run ham factory where the real Parma Ham is born. You will visit the various departments and see the phases of the work in progress. From the raw material to the aromas of the seasoning rooms, you will discover the secrets of this famous ham and savor its incredible rich sweetness, accompanied by a glass of local wine.
Your day dedicated to the three flavors of this area continues with another gastronomic delight of the region, balsamic vinegar. You will visit a characteristic acetaia (vinegar factory) where the passionate owner will personally tell how the precious 'Black Nectar' is produced and show the most unusual and tasty pairings, also offered in the tasting.
Back to the hotel, if you are still hungry, you can try the very good restaurant in the hotel (dinner is not included). Overnight at the castle in the Parma area.