The Emilia Romagna region, is home to Romanesque and Renaissance cites of Bologna, Modena, Parma and Ferrara. The region has a farming heritage that has produced some of the world’s most esteemed and sought after Italian gourmet delicacies. Namely Prosciutto di Parma ham, Parmesan Cheese and Balsamic Vinegar as well as Mortadella and Culatello di Zibello cold cuts and tortellini pasta.
Apart from food the region is also know as the “land of motors”, being home to automotive companies such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Ducati.
Why not enjoy a day trip from Bologna to visit both a Balsamic Vinegar and a Parmesan Cheese factory.
Your first visit on your Balsamic Vinegar and Parmesan Tour will be to a fine Parmigiano Reggiano producer in the Parma or Modena area. You will discover the secrets of Parmigiano-Reggiano, or Parmesan in English. Enjoy a tasting of ‘the king of cheeses’ which has a sharp, complex nutty/fruity flavour.
Your Balsamic Vinegar and Parmesan Tour continues around Modena, the town of Balsamic Vinegar ‘aceto balsamico’. A culinary secret, authentic Balsamic vinegar is made from local grapes and aged for at least 12 years in special wooden barrels. The vinegar is frequently aged much longer, even surpassing 25 years in aging barrels! The secrets of authentic Balsamic vinegar have been passed down by local women for generations, and the aging barrels were so valuable they were included in a bride’s dowry. After visiting an acetaia (Balsamic vinegar maker) and tasting the delicious, sweet, tangy flavors, you will enjoy a delicious meal either at the acetaia or a traditional trattoria. You’ll enjoy excellent classic recipes like homemade pasta and cured meats, particularly the Prosciutto di Parma ham that have made this area famous.
Your full-day private Balsamic Vinegar and Parmesan Tour continues with a visit to Modena for a stroll and coffee in the thriving historic city center. Modena’s gourmet food shops boast high-quality Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Prosciutto di Parma ham, and Balsamic vinegar as well as many other mouth-watering delicacies.