Private Half Day Parma Food Walking Tour

Badge of ExcellenceParma, Italy

From $86.42

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Find out about Parma through its food! This half-day walking tour puts the spotlight on the city’s famous cuisine with stops at the locals’ favorite eateries and shops. With a private guide, you’ll discover prized produce from Parma and nearby such as Parmigiano Reggiano, Modena balsamic vinegar, and Parma ham. How much you sample is up to you; choose from two options to suit your appetite when you book.
  • Learn about the culinary traditions of Emilia-Romagna from a local guide
  • Choose a tour only option to skip the tastings but learn about the food
  • Select an inclusive tasting option to sample Lambrusco wine and more
  • Enjoy personal attention for your group with a private guide in Parma

What's Included

  • Professional local guide
  • 5 Food and Wine Stops
  • Chopping board of cold cuts: Prosciutto di Parma, Culatello di Zibello, Coppa, Salame, Spalla
  • Vertical Tasting of Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese and Traditional Balsamic Vinegar
  • Traditional Fresh Homemade Pasta (2 types)
  • Traditional Sandwich or Focaccia
  • Traditional Cakes/Pastries
  • Artisanal Gelato
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Bottled water
  • 2 Glasses of DOC Parma Hills Wine
  • Option 2 doesn’t include tasting costs

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi, 19
    Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi, 19, 43121 Parma PR, Italy

    We will meet in front of "O’Bistrot" Cafe in Garibaldi Square, next to Giuseppe Garibaldi statue. The historic center of Parma is closed to traffic. The most convenient parking is the Toschi Parking. The meeting place can be easily reached on foot in 10 minutes.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years.
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.
  • Available for gluten free with prior notice. Please advise when booking.
  • Not available for vegans and vegetarians.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved (3 km).
  • This is a private tour, run exclusively for you and your family or friends.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Lovely food walking tour of Parma
Dayna_M, Mar 2023
We were lucky enough to have Michelle as our guide for the food walking tour. Her vast knowledge and credentials around food of the region made for a truly authentic tour of the city and the traditional foods. The food stops, the historical education, and Michelle as the guide, made this a wonderful memory of our time in Parma. Would recommend this to anyone who wants to experience the best of the region.
Don’t Miss the Parma Food Walking Tour!!!
Dustin_D, Mar 2023
We had an amazing time on our food walking tour of Parma. Our local guide Roberta was absolutely fantastic, easy to communicate with in English and just a genuinely nice person who you could tell really cared about the experience she provided her clients. THANK YOU, Roberta. We all very much enjoyed our time together and glad we were all able to connect on many different levels. Roberta was knowledgeable beyond just the food that we tried along the tour. She knew the regional agricultural practices and local farms that brought the food to the table. She also knew the geography and its history which added a valuable layer of insight which we found absolutely fascinating as we walked the streets and met with local shop owners. We would highly recommend this private tour with guide Roberta for families with teenagers and older. You’re going to eat a lot of amazing food. Learn a lot of interesting things about Parma’s history and it’s food culture. And… You’ll walk all the calories off making your way on foot throughout the city! Lastly, if you’re staying in Milan this tour is an easy day trip via train. We left Milan at 11:00am, arrived in Parma at Noon for an easy 10 min walk to our meeting point. We were back to Milan by 6:00pm.
Fantastic Food Tour of Parma!
Christopher_D, Mar 2023
This tour was a great way to see the city of Parma and enjoy many samples of its delicious food! Barbara, our guide, was friendly and knowledgeable and really made our day special. This food tour is not to be missed!
Private Food Tour of Parma
Melissa_C, Feb 2023
Our experience was everything we could’ve hoped for when visiting Parma! We were able to enjoy all the foods Parma is known for, get an insight to the history of the city and experience where the locals go. Our guide was amazing and we were so happy with everything about our trip!
Absolutely perfect way to...
Christopher_C, Feb 2023
Absolutely perfect way to explore Parma. Michelle was so knowledgeable about not only the history of the food, but city as well. Highly, highly recommend!
Great Overview of Parma & food!
Rebecca_W, Jan 2023
This tour was one of the best things we did in Italy! The guide was so knowledgeable not only about all of the food we tasted, but also the history and happenings of Parma. She pointed out additional things to do and was so friendly and welcoming. All of the food was delicious as well. They even made special accommodations and extra items for my food restrictions.
Must Do tour for great food!
Brandon_C, Dec 2022
We had a great time during our half day trip to Parma. This tour was just what we were looking for to hear the background/process of all the amazing food we were eating. Michelle (our host) was knowledgable, personable, and really helped the afternoon be special.
Excellent tour guide
Sheila_W, Nov 2022
Michelle Valeria Costa was an amazing tour guide. Her knowledge of the history of Parma and the origins of the food made this an incredible tour. Not to mention, yummy food. A real highlight of our trip in Italy. Impeccable English.
Giulia was an excellent...
Matthew_V, Oct 2022
Giulia was an excellent guide! My partner and I really enjoyed her expertise on the city and its history. All of the food was delicious as well. Grazie mille!
Food tour for foodies
Stephen_T, Oct 2022
Michelle was so very knowledgeable about the region and the various foods we tasted. She told us so much history of the region that was helpful to understand how all the wonderful foods came to be what they are today. Each restaurant or shop we visited had the best cheese, pasta, prosciutto, wine, pastries and gelato. This is an excellent tour and Michelle was delightful in her presentation. We highly recommend.
Great Parma tour!
Luis_S, Oct 2022
Giulia was a great tour guide. This tour provides you with the history of Parma combined with the food experience. It is well worth it. If you are taking the morning tour (10am) do not eat breakfast. There is plenty of food on the tour and you will need an empty stomach.
Tasty afternoon in Parma
Melvin_M, Oct 2022
Giulia was engaging and personalized the experience for our interests. The quality of the food at each stop was excellent. City highlights during the walk were a great bonus. We can’t wait to return to Parma to explore further!
Favorite excursion in Italy!
Elsa_H, Sep 2022
We loved our Parma food tour! Roberta was so knowledgeable and patient with us. Everyone from my eight year old twins to the adults found it interesting and fun. We would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes food or learning new things.
Great tour and food
Sandeep_D, Sep 2022
Roberta was a great, friendly, and knowledgeable guide. She gave us the food history and was happy to answer all of our questions. The food was pretty awesome too!
So much delicious food
Kathryn_N, Sep 2022
This experience was just amazing! Barbara was a great guide around Parma and we really enjoyed chatting with her about Italian culture. We ate so much delicious food on this tour (all explained extensively by Barbara) that we didn’t eat the rest of the day! I wish the country I am from did not regulate cured meats because I would have come home with a large amount of the King Prosciutto di Parma!
Pleasant Walking Tour
Georgette_M, Sep 2022
We enjoyed the walk with our tour guide, Roberta, who was very knowledgeable and pleasant. We got option 1, which was more expensive and included the food/wine, but I don’t think I would recommend that.
Delicious Tour!!
Sara_L, Sep 2022
Michelle, a fantastic personable guide, shared a wealth of information about Parma’s famous foods. Each delicious tasting, enhanced with knowledge of its origins and applications, created a gastronomic experience for both the palate and mind. Highest of recommendations!
Great experience.
Margie_H, Aug 2022
Michelle was an amazing host. Will definitely use her for a tour again. We highly recommend this tour.
Great way to access the history and best food of Parma
Cara_B, Aug 2022
Our guide brought the city of Parma to life for us. She was very personable and weaved in a wonderful history of the area to match the food. We really enjoyed her attention to detail and the charming shop owners. Everyone was very nice to our young kids as well. We should have done the tour earlier in our stay because our guide whetted our appetite to learn more about the city. Grazie mille.
Roberta was great. She...
Philip_E, Jul 2022
Roberta was great. She was very knowledgeable and friendly. We had a great time walking around and tasting.