Food Valley Day Trip

Parmigiano Reggiano, Parma Ham and Balsamic Vinegar workshops: Food Tour

Duration: 8 Hours
Pick up & drop off (hotel)


you were asking any Italian where best food in Italy is, answer will easily and promptly be Bologna! Truth is, there is undoubtedly something magical about this city, having been crowned Capital of Food by Forbes in 2013. We love food. We breath food. My nonna always says food and tradition are mandatory all throughout Italy, but here they are religion. Now is your chance to discover the real thing, and explore all of the terrific foodstuffs the area is popular for: from dangerously tasty Parmigiano Reggiano cheese to velvety, delicate, true Balsamic Vinegar of Modena and glorious Parma Ham, your guide will show you how each and everyone of these masterpieces of Italian cuisine is still produced by hand, according to ancient traditions and craftsmanship.

Activity details

PICK UP TIME Suggested 8:00 am to avoid big crowds at least in the first part of the morning (it is flexible and you can decide when).

PARMIGGIANO REGGIANO FACTORY by means of a private car with driver you and your guide shall be reaching a Parmigiano Reggiano dairy factory just outside town: you will discover all of the secrets of the Italian cheese making, and you will be left speechless by ancient, wise handicraft abilities of cheese makers. Wandering through alleys and alleys of cheese storage, you will eventually spoil your palate with Parmigiano tastings.

BALSAMIC VINEGAR For over two thousand years, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar wooden barrels featuring this most delicate, thick syrup have been preserved in the attics of palaces in Modena. Acetaias and balsamic production are still a most secretive family tradition, rarely spoken of. You shall be reaching a stunning 1920s art dèco villa where your guide will share all of the secrets of traditional Balsamic Vinegar making, finally treating yourself with all of its different kinds of ageing.

PARMA HAM Parma Ham is part of a two millennial meat production typical of this area. From salame to coppa, you shall discover all of its craftsmanship secrets in Davide and Valeria’s 100 years old Parma Ham place.

Instead of Parma Ham workshop it is possible to visit a local winery in the hills overlooking Bologna, where local wines tastings can be arranged,

Starting from 700€ 
Contact us for more info about pricing

The costs above are for 1 English Speaking driver and 1 vehicle for the duration of the tour.
They don’t include entrance tickets, any walking guide service, lunch, drinks nor likely gratuities
Prices can vary according to the month and the availability.

RomePrivateExcursions offers a very flexible cancellation policy, in case of arrival problems due to COVID, we are willing to offer a 100% refund (Colosseum and Vatican tickets are on the other hand never refundable).

  • Full Day 8 hour tour
  • Pick up time 9:00 am
  • Professional, English-speaking driver/guide + guide
  • Private Air-Conditioned Luxury Vehicle
  • Learn about the Balscamic Vinegar
  • Be delighted by the Parma Ham
  • Return to your accommodation by 4:00 pm

Your English Speaking driver and guide would pick you up at your accommodation in BOLOGNA, at the airport or train station on arrival, or where you prefer within the city of BOLOGNA

No deposit required!

We accept payments in Traveler Cheques in Euro or USD. If you want to pay in USD we will calculate the accurate total, by using the stock exchange conversion rate Euro/USD of the day before the tour/transfer increased by 7 cents. We also accept credit card payments (Visa and MasterCard – No American Express) at the time of the booking, or at the end of each tour/transfer. Please note that if payments are operated with credit cards the total cost of the tour will be increased by 10 %.

We do not accept payments via credit card for amounts below 350 euros. If the payment is made with a credit card at the end of the tour/transfer you will be required to sign an one time payment authorization form, provided by us. If payment is made with a wire transfer the total cost will be increased by 10 %. If you decide to pay in cash you will be asked to pay your driver at the beginning or at the end of the tour/transfer. The Total will be indicated in your final contract.

If you want to pay in USD we will calculate the accurate total, by using the stock exchange conversion rate Euro/USD of the day before the tour/transfer increased by 7 cents
Tickets to the Vatican and the Colosseum can be pre-purchased through us and the day of the tour your driver will hand them to you for a better and more efficient service.

Please note that the Colosseum tickets and the Vatican tickets are not refundable, beyond the terms stated, not even in case of the cancellation of your trip.


This is a private tour, so you will not be sharing it with anybody else!
You’ll be escorted by your English speaking driver who will explain all different points of interest. But please note that they are not guides. They cannot enter the sites with you by law.

This is the best way to go!
You and your English speaking driver will talk about the day’s plans before the tour starts

Not included:

  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • COSTS for the activities
  • Meals and Drinks


  • Walking: moderate