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“Nick garrett's tour of Parma”

Parma Golosa Gourmet Tours
Ranked #10 of 21 Tours in Parma
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We will share with you the products that have founded Italy's world renowned culinary culture. It is a chance truly enhance your taste experience and enjoy these amazing delicacies. Incredible products that take years to age: like Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma, and Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Reggio Emilia are artisanally produced according to age-old traditions from the area of Parma.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
Reviewed October 24, 2011

Nick gave us wonderfully informative food tours of the Parma region, including Parmigiano reggiano production, prosciutto di Parma and balsamico production. He has a great wealth of knowledge in these areas and is a native English speaker. After a delicious lunch of said products he even included a scenic walk to a hill overlooking the winery where we had lunch!

1  Thank Marjorie D
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Reviewed October 17, 2011

I had a great day with Parma Golosa food tours when I visited the north of Italy on holiday. First stop was a traditional Pamesan cheese factory. It was fascinating to see the whole process of cheese making right from the start up till the point at which the cheese is ready to sell. Seeing all the wheels of cheese ageing in the ageing warehouse was a phenomenal site. Next we went to a Parma Ham factory. It was situated at the back of what looked like a large estate house. Only in Italy I guess! But when we got inside it was fascinating. Again we got to witness the whole process of how Parma ham comes to be. Nick was an enthusiatic and knowledgeable guide who loves the region and the produce that comes from it. Aftwerwards we had a delicious lunch which consited of among other things the various cheeses and meats from the region, complemented by a nice Italian red wine of course. This was the perfect ending to the day. Thankyou Nick and Parma Golosa.

3  Thank samjam1737
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Reviewed October 15, 2011

The Parma tour with Nick proved to by a major highlight of my trip to Italy, I have recommended this tour to both friends and relatives that have visited Italy recently.

My girlfriends and I spent the day driving around Parma with Nick visiting a dairy farm where they made Parmigiano-Reggiano (we also had the opportunity to purchase quite a bit of local cheese to bring home). The family that owned the diary farm were wonderful, we even got to play with the puppies on the farm.

Our second stop was a Prociutto di Parma factory, this was a little disappointing because it was a Sunday so the factory was closed. We still got to go in and look around, as well as get a run down of how everything is made but I would have liked to see the factory in action.

We stopped at a vineyard for lunch, the food was fantastic and our tour guide Nick, was very entertaining, telling us stories and just hanging out with us as if we were old friends. Our final stop was a Vineyard where they made balsamic vinegar, very lovely place and I enjoyed the vinegar tasting.

If you take this tour I highly recommend that you request Nick for a tour guide.

2  Thank Nicole R
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Reviewed October 15, 2011

Our guide, Sarah, was absolutely wonderful. Unfortunately, although the Agency promised me that the guide would ride along in my car, they didn't inform Sarah. She had another tour following ours, so it was necessary for me to hang onto her bumper through city traffic to follow to the cheese farm. They also neglected to tell her that we chose not to do the balsamic tasting (6 Euros apiece for about 6 drops of vinegar) so we ended up doing the tasting and were forced to pay the additional 12 Euros). That concluded the tour - and at that point we were left to find our way back to our hotel in Parma (with verbal instructions), abandoned in a vineyard on a dirt road some 20+ miles out in the countryside, with only a rough idea of where we were or had been. We did make it back, but only because we brought our GPS with Italy maps.

The is pricy for 2 people - 160 Euros for up to 4 people). They said that they would try to pair us up with another couple (making our portion 80 Euros) but that didn't happen - despite that there was another English speaking couple with a different guide from the Agency which was attending the same attractions as us. We could have been paird-up.

Re. the tour: Sarah was fantastic! She was extremely knowledgeable about every aspect of the places we visited, and was really passionate about sharing all of this with us. We really enjoyed her.

Stop #1 - cheese production: we give this a 5 our of 5! Really enjoyable and informative.
Stop #2 - prosciutto production we give this a 2. It probably would have deserved a 5 if anyone had actually been involved with the production that day. Basically all you saw were hams, hanging at various ages of drying (plus a good description by Sarah of what we would have seen, had anyone actually been working. My advice is to verify that someone is actually working on the day that you visit. The video on their website certainly implies that you will see workers salting the hams, etc.
Stop #3 - lunch. We give this a 4.5. It was very nice, but just a bit on the pricy side.
Stop #4 - vinegar production. This gets a 3. Not a lot of excitement watching vinegar that has been sitting in a cask for the past 30 years.

We definitely give a 5 to our guide, Sarah. The overall tour would have received a higher rating if it weren't for the major issues given above.

11  Thank TLHTooter
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Reviewed October 8, 2011

Take the day tour and do their three tours in one with lunch included.
One of the best things we have done in Italy.
The Parma Gelosa Gourmet Tours were so professional and if you want to know about parmersen cheese, parma ham or balsamic vinigar this is the tour for you.
Thank you Caterina

1  Thank Anne57Sydney
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