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Self-guided visits to cheese, ham, and balsamic producers around Parma?

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Self-guided visits to cheese, ham, and balsamic producers around Parma?

hprincedoss | Mar 7, 2013 07:22 PM

My husband and I will be staying in Verona for 7 days during June. We chose Verona because of the Opera festival and also for its proximity to other regions of interest. We would like to tour and sample some of the world-renowned products produced in Emilia-Romagna. Parma seems like a central location for these products, but we could easily go to other areas.

We are budget conscious, and I cannot see spending 300 Euros for a 1/2 day tour. That's more than 1/2 the price of our accommodation for the week. We will have a car and have plenty of flexibility in our itinerary. I'm willing to do the leg-work of organizing visits myself wherever possible. (Then I can spend my Euros on the products!)

I'm seeking recommendations for producers who welcome individual food tourists. We'd like to see the production process and sample the products. I don't mind paying a reasonable tasting fee.

I did already read about the free cheese tours on another thread. (http://www.parmigianoreggiano.com/whe...)

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