Sights & Attractions in Emilia-Romagna
12:01AM BST 19 Aug 2006
For lovers of Italian food and touring Italy, there are countless pleasures to savour along the Italian food trail of the via Emilia, the ancient road that links the great food cities – Parma, Modena and Bologna – of the northern province of Emilia-Romagna.
Now that Ryanair has opened a route to Parma, it’s easier than ever to travel in Italy, explore Italy’s gastronomic heartland, eating in endless trattorias, visiting wineries, an abundance of colourful country markets and, with a car, meandering off the main road to visit some of the region’s hundreds of specialist food producers.
Continue reading “The world beyond the Bolognese: the Parma food trail – Paul Lay”
Angelo and Nick serve up a great day in the Food Valley
Angelo, Parma’s much mooted tour guide will ease you around this beautiful Italian gourmet food tour.
Food n Walk Tours Parma consist of superior quality self drive guided visits, to the production sites of some of Italy’s most famous DOP food products such as Prosciutto di Parma Ham, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese as well as breathtaking strolls through Traditional Balsamic Vinegar studios of Reggio and Modena.
When I first arrived at Villino to collect my clients for our Parma food tour, I was amazed how near it was to town … 8 minutes by car and here I was surrounded by countryside and the aroma of fresh coffee.
Elena arrived at the elegant gates of this wonderful country home.. greeted not only by her immediacy but by two pooches who immediately gave my shins a delightful massage!
”Come in Nick … want a coffee?”
Truth be known I’d just grabbed one but seeing the beautifully poured cappuccini on the cotton clad 17th century walnut table in the dining room I opted for another without a moment’s hesitation… that’s two in the space of half an hour! God help my tourists!
Then followed the most delicious home baked brioche I had ever tasted and I felt completely at home…
”Where are you from Elena?”
”Near Abbruzzo in the centre but my husband is from Parma… I have just finished renovations here…”
”It looks fantastic… I love the style mix…”
Elena responded with a modesty so typical of Italians who really have a wealth of talent… yet decline such flattery.
The place is gorgeous and opens out in many directions into the garden, patios and into the beautiful dining area with rooms a generous extension of this masterclass of comfort casa interior design.
Coming from an interiors background I was and still am impressed.
Villino is the perfect retreat from the charming but zestful Parma whirl and makes a perfect romance or relaxation location with now a new pool – a big tick now for all the boxes.
But what really makes this place special is Elena and her family and in a city where to be honest genuine accommodation is not surprisingly a plenty the Villino is one of a hand full of places we regularly recommend to our clients.
That aside the food and trimmings are a dream – just look at their Tripadviosr reviews!
Welcome to Parma… it’s a given.
My husband and I had a wonderful experience staying at this B&B. I think what I liked best was the beautiful grounds, Elena and her family, Paula, her assistant, the pool and the fantastic breakfast. Elena makes you feel like family. I was very sad to leave because she made our stay so nice. I loved the location, just outside…More
This B&B exudes sophistication and effortless charm. The fabric of the building and the rooms is very good, soft brick and linen. Airy public spaces comprise the large salon and loggia for breakfast. This meal was beautiful – with Parma ham (!) and feather light home made cakes, copious fresh orange juice, etc. Also, enjoy the fresh pool! The town…More
This B&B is in a separate villa building next to the owner’s home. The inside of the building has been completely renovated and the rooms fully decorated. The bathroom is modern and fully equipped. It is all beautiful. Elena the owner is a gracious hostess and a wonderful baker. Her homemade pastry for the breakfast is excellent. Sitting on the…More
I cannot talk highly enough about our stay. My family stayed for 6 magical nights during our recent trip to Europe and I am so glad we decided to stop in Parma and in particular with Elena and Guiseppe at Villino di Porporana. The rooms were of outstanding quality and we loved the way the beautifual building was restored. Paula…
Article Nick Garrett, FWT host and director of tours
Torrechiara Castle Parma – Photo call in the heart of our Food Valley Golosi tour day
1. Parmigiano Reggiano – visit a small family producer
2. Parma ham – one of Parma’s leading Prosciutto makers
3. Balsamico Tradizionale – dropping in on a regal estate and truly artisan maker
Light Lunch is your call – not included in the tour total
Balsamico Vintage tastings 6.00 per person
Scenic Drive n Picnic or Light Lunch (you choose on the day in our langhirano Deli Cafe – )
Your FWT day starts with an incredible visit to one of the most revered makers of the famous Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.
How they test the cheese
LIFTING THE CHEESE
You will be amazed when you enter the cooking room to watch behind the scenes, the master and his family, cooking, separating the rich whey and lifting this magnificent DOP product.
Cheese Tour starts 9am (duration 2 hrs)
Food preparation takes place 365 days per annum. Non-slip footwear is advised – thong flip-flops are not suitable as some floor areas are wet.
PROSCIUTTO DI PARMA
…Langhirano Parma Ham 100% natural, it’s in the air!
It is the along these Apennine foothills that conspire to create the unique conditions necessary to cure only genuine Parma Ham.
They say just salt, air and time is needed…
Please Note: most days the Prosciutto workshop is a buzz with activity – On weekends this may not be the case. We have access to the factory and will see all the processes for the gourmet Parma Ham.
Choose from our delicious local quality gastrononia Cafe a selection of food as we head into the hills for our Ham Tour.
If it’s raining or a tad cool, we’ll choose to stay in the cafe.
Balsamico Tradizionale Tour
IN THE LOFTS
3 AGES TASTINGS – 6.00 euros per person
(Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Reggio Emilia)
First mentioned in historical writings in 1046 (da Piacenza), Balsamico is a real elixir for all Gourmet lovers, chefs or slow food fans.
Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale it is produced solely from the finest grapes and never from soured wine vinegar like its Modenese industrial counterpart.
PRICES (in euros) 84.00 per person
8.45am finishes around 3.00pm
MEETING POINTS – Bar Gianni
We can come to you at your Parma Hotel or meet at the 3 Kings meeting point
SELF DRIVE PRICES
Balsamico 3 ages tastings – Red, Silver and Gold vintages
6.00 euro per person
Special diet requirements can be catered for… Just let us know prior to booking.
LUXURY DRIVING OPTIONS
4 people 280.00
Mini bus 360.00
For special tour request please just ask.
We accept your PayPal secure deposit
On the inside all the facts and cultural history
Tastings are offered and Lunch is the perfect place to relax and enjoy
Our Lunch menu is second to none
FWT always give you only the very best…
Contact us for further tour details.