Parma… A Taste for Life

Highlight on Food!

EXPO 2015 will put under the spotlight Italian gastronomy in general and the Parma Food Valley in particular. The designations of Parma as “UNESCO Creative City for Gastronomy” did the rest! The Province of Parma has always been a privileged area for the growth and development of a Culture of Food: a perfect marriage of history, local tradition and productive ability. We’re proud to open our doors to the whole world: you’re all invited for a tasting!

At the Court of Typical Products: Aristocracy of Taste in the Parma province

(half-day or full-day tour)

We will meet the “aristocrats” of good food, in the very places where our products are still being produced according to the ‘old rules’ (but also in compliance with EU Regulations and the Quality Control Schedule): the , the Prosciutto di Parma, the Culatello di Zibello, the Salame di Felino (with the other “brothers and sisters” all around…) and, last but not least, its Majesty the Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese.
Where and how are they produced? What’s the secret of their excellence?
Let’s go and see!

We will take you, at your choice:

– to a dairy, to witness the cheese-making process and be there while a Parmigiano Reggiano wheel comes to life;
– to visit a coldcut meats’ producer (Prosciutto di Parma or Salame di Felino or Culatello di Zibello). You will be welcome for a tasting!
– on a guided tour in one (or more!) of the six Food Museums of the Parma province, where a tasting can also be arranged.

The Prosciutto Museum

The Prosciutto Museum

And since the art of taste and a taste for art are so closely bound together here, let’s meet the real “aristocracy” of Beauty and Art which has produced throughout the centuries magnificent buildings and works of art:

Torrechiara Castle, near Langhirano (worldwide famous for its Prosciutto), which takes us back to the times of the ‘Magnificent’ Count Pier Maria Rossi. It would seem most appropriate to extend our visit to the nearby Benedictine Abbey of Santa Maria della Neve (Holy Mary of the Snow), since monks are well known as the masters of agriculture and gastronomy throughout Europe!

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Torrechiara Castle

Only a short drive away and we could reach Villa Magnani, in Mamiano di Traversetolo, where quite a few masterpieces are being exhibited by the Magnani Rocca Foundation in the rich setting of an elegant early-20th-century residence.

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The Goya room at Villa Magnani

Alternatively, we could head for the Bassa Parmense (the Parma Lowlands) and visit:
the Rocca Sanvitale (Sanvitale Fortress, or Castle) in Fontanellato, which has been part of the Sanvitale Family possessions until last century, with its small, mysterious room frescoed by Parmigianino (in 1524, showing an intriguing version of the myth of Diana and Actaeon).

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The Parmigianino fresco at Rocca Sanvitale

The Rocca Meli Lupi (Meli Lupi Fortress, or Castle) in Soragna: an austere building on the outside, but magnificent on the inside, with its frescoed rooms and Baroque furniture. A palace fit for a prince and, in fact, Prince Meli Lupi is still leaving there. A unique encounter with history, art, taste and… mystery!

Rocca Meli Lupi

The Rocca Meli Lupi

Please, contact me to have your own tailor-made itinerary arranged!