We have enjoyed Rick Steves tours and Rick Steves travel books, but alas, his Italy book does not include Parma. We would love to tour parmigiana reggiano, prosciutto, and balsamic vinegar factories near Parma. A search online has given us a few names, but our emails to those places go unnoticed. Some of the tours are in excess of 100 euro per person. Does anyone have recommendations for us? Thanks.
Although over 100 euro (we paid 145 pp) I have no hesitation in rec the Italian Days Tour http://www.italiandays.it/ out of Bologna . It was worth every penny and although you learn some serious stuff it was done in a very entertaining way. The "light" lunch in the hills outside Bologna was excellent in quality and quantity. Did not want to eat for 24 hours after that!
We did a food tour through Parma galosa. It was fabulous. The tour guide hopped in our rental car and we drove around the countryside- stopped at a dairy to watch cheeses get made, visited a ham drying building, had a great lunch at a winery and visited a balsamic vinegar maker.
We recommend Food n Walk tours for a great day out in the food valley. We did a tour last week and it was fabulous. Amazing destinations and lunch too.