Anyone who knows me knows that I love food, all food, and there’s very little that I won’t eat! There are however certain kinds of cuisine that speak to me more than others, and Italian food has always been one of those. I’ve spent a bit of time in Italy over the years, mainly on family holidays, and I am absolutely a lover of all things Italian. It’s because of that, that when ‘wine and gourmet food activity planners’ Emilia Delizia asked me to let my readers know a little bit about some of the best food spots in Italy I said I’d love to!
Italy has long been a haven for culinary enthusiasts and connoisseurs. From world-class cuisine to the finest vineyards, the country is blanketed by a veritable tonne of 5-star restaurants and elegant outdoor cafes. Whether you’re a tourists or a local, there are so many ways to discover the best food spots in Italy. From guided tours of parmesan factories in Bologna, to visiting the balsamic vinegar venues in Modena, and learning all about ham production in Parma, Italy is effectively a heaven for anyone who loves food. These tours are perfect for all food and wine lovers, especially if you love sampling delicious food and gorgeous wines, as they’re full of opportunity to sample all of the local delicacies. The three tours below are extra special as if you go on them, you can also request a special lunch or brunch for your loved ones and friends…it doesn’t get better than that!
Parmesan Cheese Factory
Guided tours of Caseificio 4 Madonne run daily at the modern cheese factory in Modena. Guests will learn about each of the stages that go into making cheese, including the processing, crafting, and aging of Parmigiano Reggiano. From the milk delivery to the completed wheels, this truly is a culinary experience like no other. Visitors also get to sample the finest parmesan cheeses, while visiting the cutting rooms and factory shops that house over 33.570 wheels (that’s a lot of cheese!). The dairy and cheese farm is only a few miles from the A22 motorway exit at Campogalliano. Handily if you’re driving or on a tour bus there’s a lot of parking.
If you’re planning to visit this regionally-renowned factory for the finest parmesan and balsamic vinegars, keep the following in mind:
- Daily guided tours of the cheese and vinegar factories are available – booking must be done at least 1 week in advance.
- The entrance fee covers the factory tour, along with Parmigiano Reggiano and balsamic vinegar tasting.
- Tourists will receive a small souvenir to take home.
- Tourists get to sample different aged parmesan, along with homemade ricotta. They also get to sample other cheeses, along with ham, wine, mustard, honey, and balsamic vinegar.
Acetaia Malpighi is another essential stop on your fine foods and wine itinerary in Italy. This unique venue has been producing the finest Balsamic Vinegar in Modena since 1850. The company continues to export authentic balsamic vinegar and original collections to countless destinations across the globe. As part of your tour, guests will be able to sample the spectacular balsamic vinegar and tour the surrounding vineyards. Guests will also love the barrel and production areas, as you’ll get to taste the finest vinegar ever created on the planet.
The Prosciutto Bar is the perfect place to enjoy the finest Parma ham. From the cured stages and production to final products, this venue features age old cellars and exquisite tastings. Guests can arrange for full brunches and lunches as they tour this world-renowned facility. There is also the freshest bread and a huge selection of fine wines and drinks to choose from. If you love mouth-watering ham that will truly dazzle your taste buds, then Prosciutto Bar is for you!
Guests also get to see the entire prosciutto production, from the salting stages to differently aged meats. The cellar is also a must on this visit, as you get to see how the cured meats are aged and processed for mass distribution. Best of all, the tour includes a visit to the fields of the Apennine woods – where you can experience Mother Nature at her finest.
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