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Gastronomic tours of the famous "Food Valley"

In the countryside close to Parma, you will discover beautiful natural surroundings and fascinating places to visit. The plains and mountains are dotted with numerous magical castles that still seem to live suspended between history and legend, such as the palace of the “Meli Lupi di Soragna”, the castles of Torrechiara, Fontanellato, San Secondo, Bardi and Compiano. Whether you are search of romance or adventure or tempted by mystery and suspense, the Province of Parma offers diverse and interesting experiences.

If you are fond of music and the extraordinary life of Giuseppe Verdi you must not miss a visit to the birthplace of the great composer, the “Swan of Busseto”, a charming little town where everything still resounds with his presence. Roncole, Verdi's birthplace, Busseto and Villa Sant'Agata, his home, have remained virtually unchanged over time and visiting with me you will discover all about the world of the great musician.

Abbazia di Valserena, “La Certosa”, Parma - Foto di Edoardo FornaciariParmigianino, Saletta di Diana e Atteone, Rocca Sanvitale di Fontanellato - Foto concessa da Associazione Castelli del Ducato Magazzino di Parmigiano Reggiano

A few examples of guided tours

Magical Castles Tour: a choice of three from the route of the Castles of the Duchy – a full day tour.

  • The Land of Verdi: A visit to his birthplace, Roncole, and to Busseto and his home, the Villa Sant'Agata;
  • Fontanellato: A tour of the beautiful moated castle and the Shrine to Our Lady of the Rosary
  • Torrechiara Castle and the Benedictine Abbey of Our Lady of the Snows
  • Art, history, tradition and Parmigiano Reggiano: The Meli Lupi Palace in Soragna, the Soragna Synagogue and a visit to a dairy to see the production of Parmesan cheese and, of course, a cheese tasting.
  • Flavours and tastes of Parma: for those who love the culture of good food: you will be spoiled for choice between at least three wine tasting tours promoted by our Province, the route of Parma ham and wines of the Apennine foothills, Culatello ham at Zibello, the celebrated porcini mushrooms of Borgotaro and naturally the king of cheeses, Parmigiano Reggiano.

Special itineraries tailored for you where you can visit cheese makers, ham and salami producers, and the “boutique” production of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar. There are also food Museums, where you will be able to savour our finest products.

Gourmet Tours

  • Parmigiano Reggiano cheese making and the Culatello di Zibello ham aging cellars.
  • A visit to a Parmigiano Reggiano dairy, Balsamic vinegar and Parma ham producers
  • Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese making and Prosciutto di Parma production
  • Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese making. A visit to a dairy and discovering the way Parmesan cheese is produced is an experience you simply must do at least once in your life!
  • Do not hesitate to contact me: I offer high quality guided tours at an affordable price
  • To discover a city, village, museum or taking a gastronomic tour with a qualified guide is an unforgettable experience beyond price.

Visit Parma with Maria Elisabetta Rastelli
Qualified Tourist Guide
for more information:
tel. (+39) 340 6023906

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