Let's Eat Parma: A Culinary Delight in the Heart of Italy

Indulge your senses in the flavors of Parma, Italy with our Let's Eat Parma culinary tour. Immerse yourself in a week-long gastronomic adventure, where each day brings a delectable new experience. From exploring biodynamic farms and cooking up traditional recipes to visiting Parmigiano Reggiano factories and savoring aged cheeses, this tour will take you on a mouthwatering journey through the heart of Italian cuisine. With expert guidance from our instructor and guide, Ilaria, you'll discover the secrets behind authentic Italian dishes and delight in the finest food and wine pairings. Don't miss this opportunity to taste, learn, and savor your way through Parma, a true paradise for food lovers. Book your spot on Let's Eat Parma and let your taste buds rejoice!

From 4754€ /person

Food & Wine Holiday in Parma, Italy – Let’s Eat Parma Food Tour

Class Duration:  approximately 7 days (6 nights accommodations)
Price per person: from 4754€ based on double occupancy
Single Occupancy Supplement: from 578€
Non-participating guests: This tour can not accommodate non-participating guests
Payment Options: We accept payment by credit card or by bank transfer. New! In 2024 – we now offer a 0% interest payment plan. Find out more about it here
Schedule: Our 7-day program weeks run generally from Monday to Sunday


  • 6 nights accommodations in 3-star boutique & 4-star hotels in Sala Baganza & Parma respectively
  • Visiting local producers and experiencing a behind-the-scenes look at the artisanal production of renowned Parma ham, real Balsamic Vinegar & Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • Sampling the famous wines of Emilia-Romagna, such as Lambrusco, and learning about the region’s wine-making traditions
  • Creating delicious traditional dishes in 5 hands-on cooking classes with an experienced Italian cook & instructor in English
  • Exploring the cultural heritage of Parma, including visits to historic Rocca Sanvitale di Sala Baganza & its wine museum
  • Indulging in the authentic cuisine of Emilia-Romagna and tasting local specialties such as Prosciutto di Parma and Parmesan cheese
  • 6 breakfasts; 9 total lunches & dinners (including tastings)
  • Building new relationships and creating memories with fellow travelers


2024 Tour dates:

  •  Monday – Sunday 3-9 June 2024
  •  Monday-Sunday 2-8 September 2024
  • Monday-Sunday 14-20 October 2024

2025 Tour dates:

  • TBC

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In order for us to provide this program, we require a minimum of 6 people. We will review your request and confirm your booking once 6 participants have booked. No payment is required until the dates are confirmed. Once we have 6 participants, subsequent participants can book directly. You will only be able to book this tour for 2 people maximum at a time. Please email us if you need to book more participants (alternatively, you can submit a second request).

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Savor the Flavors of Emilia-Romagna with a Culinary and Cultural Journey in Parma

Discover the authentic flavors of Italian cuisine on a culinary adventure in the heart of Emilia-Romagna, exploring the charming city of Parma. This 6-day, 6-night tour is the perfect opportunity for travelers of all ages passionate about food, wine, culture, and travel.

With a small group of like-minded travel enthusiasts, you’ll immerse yourself in a journey filled with culinary delights, cultural exploration, and unforgettable experiences. Your guide on your Parma adventure, Ilaria Bertinelli, will share her passion and expertise in preparing classic Italian recipes in hands-on cooking classes: from fresh pasta to delectable desserts. Learn about the process of making the regional parmesan cheese, Balsamic vinegar in Modena, Proscuitto, coppa, & salami, and round out your Italian gastronomic immersion by tasting fine wines and enjoying a spritz.

Let’s Eat Parma is a feast for any food and travel lover but especially for those who appreciate Italian cuisine, its culture, and that dolce vita.

This tour promises to be a fun, convivial, and delicious adventure, showcasing the best of Italian cuisine and culture. Join us on this exciting journey and immerse yourself in the flavors, aromas, and traditions of Emilia-Romagna.

Book now and experience a culinary holiday that offers something new, even for those familiar with Italian cuisine!

The following is a sample program for our Let’s Eat Parma food & wine holiday – an Italian culinary holiday in Parma, Italy. The program is subject to change due to weather or the availability of our partners. A more definitive program will be given to you on the day of your arrival. Barring any changes in weather and the desires of the group, this final program will be what you can expect for the week. We ask that you try to be understanding about any slight modifications that will not affect your overall enjoyment of the program.

Approximately 7 days, 6 nights in Parma, Italy

Monday arrival

Day 1 – Monday – Welcome to Parma 
Mid-afternoon: Private minivan from Parma train station to Sala Baganza 3:30 PM
Check-in at Cortaccia Sanvitale Hotel*** in Sala Baganza.
Meeting with Instructor & guide, Ilaria for an introductory presentation of the tour.
Welcome food & wine tasting dinner at the Wine bar under the Rocca Sanvitale di Sala Baganza. Wine tasting guided by the wine bar owner.
Overnight stay
Day 2 – Tuesday – Biodynamic farm
Meeting with Ilaria at the hotel and transfer by private minivan at the Agriturismo Acqua Terra Sole. Walk in the biodynamic farm and Ilaria’s cooking class preparing a vegetable recipe: tortelli d’erbetta (tortelli pasta filled with a combination of ricotta, eggs, nutmeg, grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, and beet spinach (or ordinary spinach) + vegetable side dishes.
Return transfer to the hotel
Afternoon guided visit to Rocca Sanvitale di Sala Baganza castle and to Wine Museum
Free evening
Overnight stay
Day 3 – Wednesday – Parmigiano Reggiano and Aperitivo cooking class 
Lead by Ilaria, private transfer by minivan and guided visit to:
7.30 am Parmigiano Reggiano PDO factory to experience the whole production process.
Cooking class nearby the cheese factory about Italian aperitivo and appetizers. Light lunch to follow including a guided tasting of Parmesan cheese of 3 different ages.
Return to the hotel and free time.
Evening Spritz tasting (3 kinds) and Gin tonic tasting (3 kinds) paired with local salami (Prosciutto, Coppa, Salame, etc) at local wine bar. Tasting led by the shop owner, Anna.
Overnight stay
Day 4 – Thursday – Food Tour in the city centre and pasta-making class
Breakfast and check-out from Cortaccia Sanvitale Hotel
Transfer by minivan to Parma
Leave luggage at Hotel Mercure Stendhal****
Ilaria will meet you at the hotel to start your walking food tour of Parma center visiting some of the most iconic gastronomical shops in Parma’s city center.
Lunch in a local restaurant with aperitif in the cellar of Il Trovatore Restaurant.
Free time for check-in and relaxation.
6:00 pm Cooking class with Ilaria. Stroll back to the hotel after dinner to burn off those delicious calories
Overnight stay
Day 5 – Friday – Balsamic Vinegar Tour and Italian Cooking Lesson 
Private transfer by minivan and private English-speaking guide.
Guided visit to Torrechiara Castle.
Transfer to a Traditional Balsamic Vinegar loft. Guided visit by the owner with a tasting of 3 different maturation of vinegar.
Tasting lunch at the Acetaia
3:00 pm return to the hotel.
6:00 pm Lasagne or Tagliatelle al ragù Cooking class with Ilaria followed by dinner
Stroll back to the hotel after dinner
Overnight stay
Day 6 – Saturday – Culatello di Zibello PDO and Cheers and Cin-cin! 
Free time after breakfast. You can enjoy lunch on your own in Parma center (be sure to check out our list of suggestions or explore your own)
Meeting with Ilaria for an afternoon transfer and guided visit to an ancient Culatello di Zibello PDO cellars and museum.
Transfer to a local wine cellar overlooking the valley. Guided visit with the sommelier. Cooking class with Ilaria (potatoes gnocchi with tomato and basil sauce).
Gnocchi dinner to follow.
Return to the hotel and overnight stay.
Day 7 – Sunday – Departure Arrivederci 
Breakfast and check-out.
The train station is within walking distance of the hotel.

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