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3 gourmet food in one day form Bologna or Parma
Italy is well known for its fabulous food – and what better way to get to know a country than to take a gourmet tour and find out how that food is produced?
Emilia Delizia can help you enjoy an authentic educational and culinary experience. Expert English-speaking guides take you on tours of some of the best local food producers. Private gourmet tours are available for small family parties or couples who prefer to opt for “self-drive” tours in their own vehicle, or transport can be arranged if preferred.
Three gourmet foods in one day
On this best-selling tour, you will discover Parmesan, balsamic vinegar, Parma ham and other specialist salami products.
Parmesan, or Parmigiano Reggiano, is a DOP product, meaning “denomination of protected origin”. This distinctive and very traditional cheese can only be produced in the areas of Modena, Parma and Reggio Emilia. A small amount is produced around Bologna and Mantua.
Balsamic vinegar is another DOP product, mainly produced by small artisan makers who use time-honoured techniques of fractional ageing to create the fabulous “black gold of Modena”. The product is aged for a minimum of 12 years up to 24 years. In Reggio Emilia, the vinegar may be aged for as long as 28 years, giving this vinegar its lovely, intense scent and taste.
Parma ham is produced only in Langhirano, amongst the rolling hills south of Parma. The three gourmet foods tour ends here, with a generous tasting of ham and salami. With your guide, you’ll enjoy a generous lunch. Parma ham starter is followed by tortelli alla parmigiana. This light yet filling egg pasta dish is stuffed with ricotta and herbs, and topped with butter and Parmesan cheese. Home made desserts, coffee and home made digestive liqueurs complete the meal.
Three gourmet food tours and organic Lambrusco wine
For a shorter tour starting at Modena or Bologna, it is possible to combine visits to two gourmet food producers with a visit to an organic winery. Many local organic wineries have won awards for the quality of their Lambrusco, so do yourself a favour and discover this light, frothy drink: the new “king of wines”.
Starting points: Bologna, Modena, Parma or Reggio Emilia
Depending on where you’re based, the day starts early to make the most of the time available.
Three gourmet food tours: starting from Bologna
We usually start the day earlier, leaving at around 7.15am and returning between 4pm and 5pm. If you’re staying in Bologna, don’t miss the hill top church of San Luca, the oldest university in the world, and the longest porticoes. Pay a visit to the sparkling fountain of Piazza Maggiore, and don’t forget the two towers, representing the most powerful families of the ancient city.
Three gourmet food tours: starting from Modena
Modena is a great base for your tour. It’s smaller and quieter than Bologna, yet well-served by restaurants, including the world-famous Osteria Francescana. For those who love classic cars, Modena is also home to the super car brands Ferrari and Maserati. The exhibition at the new museum Casa Natala Enzo Ferrari offers the chance to explore the history of these sleek and beautiful cars. Those who enjoy architecture will find the Romanesque architecture of the Duomo of Modena particularly appealing. Tours leave Modena between 8am and 8.15am.
Three gourmet food tours: starting from Parma
Parma is a food lover’s paradise, producing a huge variety of cold cuts. As well as the renowned prosciutto di Parma, try the Salame di Felino or the unique Culatello. Culatello is only produced in very small batches within the cool brickwork of ancient cellars. We leave Parma at around 8.15 to 8.30am, returning at about 4pm.
Three gourmet food tours: starting from Reggio Emilia
If you choose to stay in Reggio Emilia, you will find excellent food and first-class accommodation in the heart of this hidden treasure of a town in the very centre of the Parmesan region. Traditional balsamic vinegar is also produced here, often in small batches.
Whatever starting point and whichever tour you choose, you’re guaranteed a warm welcome, great food, and an insight into a beautiful and productive region of Italy.
by Emilia Delizia July 8th 2012