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ARTEMILIA Guided Tours

Parma, Italy
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About ARTEMILIA Guided Tours
We offer guided tours in Emilia Romagna in several languages: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. We can put at your disposal our best experts - who have been working on our territory for many years - in art history, music, languages, nature and sustainable tourism as well as food and wine tourism. Our services can be tailored to individuals, students, organized groups, senior groups and more. The founding members and collaborators of Artemilia possess a consolidated experience in various sectors and disciplinary fields, above all in the field of language teaching and history, museum education, historical and artistic research and the management of exhibition events, in addition to guide and tourist accompaniment.
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Tours and Tickets by ARTEMILIA Guided Tours

Private Half Day Parma Food Walking Tour

Experience Parma’s rich culture and fascinating history the best way possible – through its cuisine! We are parmesans who are wildly passionate about all the delicious food found around this world famous and historical town. During this walking tour you will experience parmesan lifestyle, visiting the places frequented by locals and immersing yourself in the street life. Booking this tour, you will experience our passion by eating traditional Parmesan and Italian food! You will discover the secrets of the worldwide famous products of this area and taste them: Parmigiano Reggiano, Parma Ham, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, Culatello of Zibello, Lambrusco and Gelato. These are just some of the protagonists of this exciting walk! Option 1 is all inclusive. Option 2 doesn’t include tasting. You choose your own food and pay for it directly. There is no requirement to buy any of the food recommended, though our tour stops at some pretty amazing eateries so it can be hard to resist!
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3 hours
from $84.29

Half Day Private Emilia Foodie Experience

Emilia Foodie Experience is an extraordinary journey through a landscape of rivers, plains and hills and the jewels of the Italian gastronomic tradition!
We will discover the secrets of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Prosciutto di Parma, their ancient origins and unparalleled balance of knowledge, man’s passion and nature’s bounty. We will see the cheese production process in full swing and we will visit all the rooms of the cheese dairy: the production room, the shaping room, the salting room and the amazing warehouse! The dairy experience will end with a tasting of delicious Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. We will reach an authentic Prosciutto di Parma Plant, crossing the Parma Hills region. During the visit to the plant we will be able to observe the production process of this delicacy and learn about its important history and all the standards which must be complied with, to fully understand the the origins of the unique character of Parma ham: the sweetness!
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5 hours
from $124.04

Parmigiano Reggiano & Balsamic Vinegar Private Tour and Tasting

Have you ever wondered how the King of Italian cheeses is made? What is the feeding of Parmigiano Reggiano dairy cows, how much milk do they produce, how is it stored and delivered to the dairy? Have you ever wondered what the ingredients are, how the processing takes place? We will follow the cheese production process step by step, side by side with the expert master cheesemaker. We will see the master cheese maker’s deft movements during the breaking of the curd with the “spino” and the delicate cooking phase during which the heat is skillfully controlled to expel water from the granules. We will discover ancient tools and modern materials, method and passion, a magical combination that leads to the creation of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese every morning. At the end of this experience, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese will always be a taste which brings back memories of the passion and the marvels encountered along the way. We are waiting for you to live a truly unforgettable experience!
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4 hours 30 minutes
from $98.99

Parma Lowlands Private Tour with Farm Visit

We will visit a farm devoted to the recovery of ancient local races, from the white-mantled cows to the ancient pig breed “Nera Parmigiana”, we will observe the farm animals, the vegetable gardens and the vineyards. We will visit the magnificent cellars of an ancient fortress of the early XIV Century, where the PDO Culatello of Zibello is cured. Few people know that this is the area in the world where the greatest variety of cured meat products is obtained from pigs. During the visit you will be able to understand the features and origins of the different products and the characteristics and the history of the king of cured meat, the PDO Culatello of Zibello. The visit will end with a rich tasting or lunch, a real joy for the senses! We recommend Gourmet tasting: Large selection of cured meat, traditional pasta, homemade focaccia, salad, dessert, wine and water. Other smaller tastings or à la carte menu are also available. You can choose the solution you prefer and pay for it on site!
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4 hours 30 minutes
from $111.52

Parma Hillside Private Food Tour and Tasting

Don’t just visit the Parma hillside, taste it! Emilia is truly stunning! We will explore picture-postcard villages, vine-planted hillsides, rolling countryside. Parma hillside food trail is a mouthwatering showcase of artisan producers and foodies throughout the Parma hillside. We are passionate about food heritage, its artisan-producers' stories and the skill and innovation of its chefs. History, art, legend and folklore form the perfect blend of adventure in the Parma hillside. We will visit a Parmigiano Reggiano cheese dairy during the production process and taste different ageings of Parmigiano Reggiano. We will head to a Prosciutto plant crossing the amazing Parma hills region. We will discover the secrets of the sweetness of Prosciutto di Parma visiting all the rooms used during the production process and tasting it. We will end with a stroll through the gorgeous mediaeval hamlet of Torrechiara and a visit to the castle, still perfectly preserved in the imposing architecture.
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6 hours
from $161.63
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martin v wrote a review Sep 2020
Dublin, Ireland1 contribution2 helpful votes
Excellent tour. We had a morning in Parmigiano-Reggiani factory. It's was great. Amazing and informative to see the cheese making in progress. The salting room, nurturies and maturing caves. We got lucky a had a chance to taste Fresh Ricotta cheese 😊 it's not made every day. Afternoon in Antica Corte Pallavicina ... The Culatello museum. We got to find out about the history of the castle, region, black pigs, culatello and the Maestro Guiseppe Verdi. It's located in beside Po river in secluded fairy tale location. We got to taste all the cheese's, meats and salami. Thank you Michelle we couldn't think of better tour. 😊😊😊 💓💓💓
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Angelo wrote a review Aug 2020
Turin, Italy3 contributions1 helpful vote
Excellent competence and Passion, absolutely necessary to know how many things you will discover in Parma, a great city of the present and past.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Marcattner wrote a review Jun 2020
Melville, New York25 contributions44 helpful votes
We were recommended by a friend to experience the Emilia Romagna region with a guided tour by Artemilia. We took a private tour (two couples) led by Michelle Costa. The entire experience was perfect. We visited a Parmigiano Reggiano plant, a Balsamic Vinegar vineyard, and a Prosciutto facility as well as a wonderful hosted lunch in the countryside. I have gone on many tours, what made this one special was Michelle. Her love for the region, the people, and frankly us - made us feel so welcome and relaxed. You could tell the affection all the locals that knew her greeted her with. We laughed, learned, shared stories - really felt like we internalized the pulse of the region - not just a bunch a facts. She also was genuinely interested in us and on the fly customized the tour/conversation to our areas of interest. The booking and logistics were so easy and she is so accessible on What's App. I still say hello to her on occasion. So in this time of Covid19, when you feel comfortable traveling again, please do yourself a favor and not only support this region that is dependent on travel (and is so welcoming to travelers) - but do yourself a favor and spend a day on a Artemilia Guided Tour - and I am sure all the Tour Guides are great, but I know Michelle is special. The four of us certainly hope to go back soon and no doubt she will be our first call. . . . Ciao
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Mariana P wrote a review Jan 2020
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We have amazing time in parma visiting parmesano reggano, prociutto di parma, balsamic vinager facilities... we were a group of 12 including Kids (3,4,6 and 8). Thank you Michelle for making our visit to parma the best! You are an incredible guide! We learn a lot with you! Michelle Best guide tour in Italy!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Jenwesmil wrote a review Dec 2019
15 contributions25 helpful votes
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This review is delayed from my trip in October. This was my first time visiting this area, and Michelle was so incredible! As a solo traveller, I knew I didn't want to rent a car, but wanted to see some of the surrounding area of Parma. Before leaving the US, I'd booked my full-day tour with Michelle. My plan had been to take the train from Bologna to Parma for my stay up there. I decided that I'd love to see Modena in between so I reached out to Michelle to inquire if she knew of a car service that might be able to do that. She arranged the entire day for me! It was incredible! I saw everything I wanted to and was then dropped at my hotel in Parma. The next day Michelle and the same driver picked me up in the morning at my hotel and we went out for the most magical day at a parmesan cheese maker, a balsamic vinegar producer, an incredible lunch on top of the hillside, and a prosciutto ham producer. I learned SOOO much from Michelle it was amazing. I felt so relaxed and had such a lovely time with her. The next day as I was wandering around Parma, I reached out to Michelle yet again to see if the same driver might be able to transport me to Lake Como so that I could see sites along the way (versus the train as I'd originally planned). She arranged another fabulous day of seeing lots of things... castles... lunch at a local restaurant... small towns... during a beautiful drive to my hotel on Lake Como. Throw into the mix that I'd come down with a bad chest cold in Parma, so she instructed the driver (who didn't speak alot of english) to stop at a pharmacy on the way to Lake Como and help me get the cough syrup I needed. She was texting me pictures of the type to get so that there was no issue! It was truly incredible service on all accounts. I would highly recommend Michelle and her knowledge and customer service for a memorable trip in this area. It was a big highlight for me during my 35 day travels!!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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