Meet the producers: Food factory tours for 4 of Italy’s most iconic ingredients

You might choose an Italian getaway for many reasons. Italy is the country of art, history and undoubtedly some of the most delicious cuisine! If you’re planning a trip to Italy and you’d like to try as many Italian dishes as possible, you should definitely not miss out on the opportunities to visit producers of the country’s most famed ingredients. You’ll be able to explore the origins of your favorite dishes and ingredients and most importantly, taste them straight from the source!

Here are four renowned food factories in Emilia-Romagna and Veneto that you should not miss!

Parmesan Cheese Dairy Production at 4 Madonne Caseificio dell’Emilia

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This dairy/creamery is easily reachable as it’s only 10 minutes from Modena Centre. Here you’ll have the chance to experience all the different phases how Parmigiano Reggiano is made, first-hand.

The guided tours, which last an hour and a half, are available every day. On the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the dairy and of course taste many varieties of Parmigiano Reggiano as well as the homemade Ricotta!

If you’re feeling lush, you can indulge in more tastings of many kinds of cheese, ham, wine, honey and balsamic vinegar. Just remember to book at least a week in advance!

Traditional Balsamic Acetaia in Modena

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Acetaia is the Italian name of artisans that produce balsamic vinegar. The traditional acetaia are in Emilia-Romagna, as the  “black gold” has its birthplace in Modena.

If you’re interested in seeing the process of grape must fermentation up close, you should definitely consider a visit to Giorgio’s Acetaia. Located in the heart of Modena, it Giorgio’s maintains the allure of centuries of tradition. In fact, Giorgio’s is located in the old mansion of the 14 Barbieri brothers!

Today, Giorgio, Giovanna and Carlotta Barbieri share their treasure to those who wish to taste the unique flavor of the best traditional balsamic vinegar.

To book your guided tour, you just have to send an email or phone directly. You will surely appreciate the experience!

Parma Ham producer in Parma

You might already be familiar with the area known worldwide as “Parma Food Valley”. Here, Parma Ham, Parmigiano-Reggiano and fresh pasta are produced with dedication and passion.

In this area, you can find the company Rosa dell’Angelo, famed for the production of Parma Ham. At their Prosciutto Bar, you can taste and enjoy all the cured meat they produce. Even more, you can book a guided tour along the path of prosciutto production, which ends at an enjoyable tasting of Parma Ham, fresh pasta and local wines.

Monte Veronese Cheese in the Veneto Region

Verona

Monte Veronese DOP is a fabulous cheese produced in the north of Verona. This distinctive cheese is crafted in the region of Lessinia, and has been since medieval times. It’s an attractive destination to many travelers due to the stunning natural landscapes, but travelers should also be sure to take advantage of the gastronomic tours unique to this area.

Emilia Delizia organizes gourmet travel in the Verona province, from Verona, Bardolino and the Valpolicella area. Thanks to cheese tours, you will have the chance to discover how this wonderful cuisine is produced. And as a matter of course, a tasting will be an essential part of the tour!

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