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Parma Cheese Tour & Tasting
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Parma Cheese Tour & Tasting

By Caseificio San Pier Damiani
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Come discover the beautiful city of parma and the secrets of making the exceptional Parmigiano Reggiano cheese through a guided tour of our dairy farm and tasting.

Ages 1-115, max of 100 per group
Duration: 2h
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Live guide: English, Italian
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  • A tasting of Parmigiano Reggiano at the end of the tour
  • Entry/Admission - Caseificio San Pier Damiani


Start:
  • Str. Gazzano, 35 A, 43122 San Prospero PR, Italy
    Our visitors must travel to our Caseificio via car, or a taxi from the Parma train station. Arrive early and ensure to follow the entire processing cycle.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
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    • Most travellers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travellers

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    • Str. Gazzano, 35 A, 43122 San Prospero PR, Italy
      Our visitors must travel to our Caseificio via car, or a taxi from the Parma train station. Arrive early and ensure to follow the entire processing cycle.
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      Come discover the secrets of making the exceptional Parmigiano Reggiano cheese through a guided tour of our dairy farm and tasting. See and learn about the traditional processing techniques. Guided tours are provided Monday to Sunday throughout the year. The complete visit will last 2 hours in duration. Arrive early and ensure to follow the entire processing cycle. Available in Italian or English*. * On sundays the visit is carried out only in italian. It is however possible to follow the entire visit in language by downloading the Parmigiano Reggiano Audioguide app for Apple or Android devices on the relative stores. For organizational reasons, the start time of the tour may change, in which case we will contact you in advance via TripAdvisor messenger, so be sure to check the app before arriving. Feel free to contact us at +39 0521 645181
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    • Caseificio San Pier Damiani
      198
      Italy
      Joined in April 2015
    • xoxo_kir
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A must do for all foodies!
      An amazing experience! This producer is family owner and makes 14 wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano a day all by hand! It was so interesting to watch the whole process and to see the wheels in their salt baths and then in the aging room. We also got to taste 12, 24 & 36 month aged Parmigiano Reggiano and compare the texture and flavour of these. The tour and experience is well worth it!
      Written 11 January 2024
    • deniseg847
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fascinating Parmesan cheese dairy tour!
      We booked the one hour tour at 11 o’clock. It was a great small group tour , in English, which showed us all the key points of making Parmesan cheese. This dairy is owned by two couples. They have a real passion for their business. They work 365 days per year milking the cow house and making the cheese. The owner gave us a lovely tour and explained they only made 12 to 14 wheels of cheese each day. After the tour we had a lovely cheese tasting. Highly recommend if you have a car in Parma area.
      Written 4 October 2023
    • devraw2022
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tour, including for a teenager
      This was a wonderful tour to get to see how parmesan is traditionally made. We went for the 9 am tour, which allows you to see the process starting with them getting the cheese out of the giant cooking pots. (You don't get to see the cows or the milking, as that happens offsite and very early in the morning.) The tour guide was affable and it was very interesting to see the different stages of the process. We also enjoyed the tasting at the end and seeing how much the aging makes a difference in the texture and taste of the cheese. The tour was long enough to be interesting, but short enough to not make my 14 year old antsy - it was his favorite tour of our trip!
      Written 12 August 2023
    • ITravelToEatGoodFood
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A must if you appreciate food!
      A great dairy, very close to Parma. Easily can take a taxi, though I drove. Small farm with a family of diary farmers and a family of cheesemakers that have worked together for generations. Highly recommend a 9a tour, to see actual cheese production. Process is described in detail and very informative. This farm also produces cheese from Parma brown cows (most PR is made from Holstein cows). These cows produce less milk, but with a higher fat that produce a more flavorful cheese. Aging room is insta-worthy. Great pride and passion for this slow food art are shown. Tasting is truly just a taste, but the information is well-worth it. Also, tractor museum is pretty cool, right off the tasting room. Buy as much cheese as you can - it's incredibly affordable (you'll pay 4x minimum in the US). In cooler temps, vacuum sealed cheese can stay at room temperature until you get home.
      Written 6 December 2022
    • itropicbird
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing Tour, Amazing Product
      This fascinating tour was given at the cheesemaking facility by a 7th generation member of the family dairy farm. The visit is a feast of interesting facts and one that appeals to all the senses. You can see the different color of the wheels at various ages, smell the aromas in each room from beginning to end, feel the difference in firmness as the wheels mature, and hear the resonance of the cheese as the wheels are tapped with a special metal hammer. Finally, a gratifying tasting at the end. It's over the top with aged balsamic vinegar or even fruit jams. Who would have known? This is NOT the same “parmesan cheese” from the grocery store. I am enlightened now. Here you will learn not only how cheese is made, but THIS specific process, only from this small region of Northern Italy. The flavor is overwhelmingly superior. The family members work hard daily, production is all done BY HAND, and there are numerous regulations that must be adhered to in order to earn the Parmigiano-Reggiano name. It's eye-opening and reinforces the worth of every bit that is charged for this revered cheese. The experience will forever endear you to genuine Parmigiano-Reggiano and possibly inspire you to designate a large corner of your luggage to shipping some home. Yes, you can find it in the U.S., but it’s three times the price.
      Written 5 December 2022
    • Prico4
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing visit to learn about Parmesano Reggiano - 5 stars isn't enough!
      Our hostess was knowledgeable and totally amazing!! She explained the process well and allowed questions and comments. She was truly exceptional in her abilities to conduct a group and make everyone feel welcome. The cheese was incredible and we purchased quite a bit. The only thing they could add was the ability to ship more of this delicious cheese.
      Written 10 August 2022
    • JFJJBJ1979
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Super interesting - A must do/visit for those curious about the millennial process of making Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
      Great tour in English and Italian, well organized and led by one of the local owners/farmers. There is a tasting at the end. 15 minutes from Old Parma.
      Written 2 May 2022
    • vitaliaz2017
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic experience
      It’s amazing to see how fantastic is the parmigiano reggiano making. All was perfectly described and the cheese taste was amazing also. After all there is a little shop where you can buy cheese and more at great price
      Written 26 November 2019
    • AnouchkaL16
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      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Parmiggiano Reggiano
      Very friendly people. We got to see the making of the cheese but unfortunatly the explanation wasn’t always understandable because of the machines. They asked us which language we prefered (English) but continued in Italian.. But we are pleased with the tour. Afterwards you can buy cheese in their little shop at a very good price!
      Written 2 November 2019
    • 642nataschah
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The real Parmigiano
      After the visit we had to the Prociutto factory we again had a great tour with Mattia! Every step in the process is described and excellent explained. After the tour you can taste the parmigiano, 12, 24 and 30+ months, with sparkling red wine and/or water. Worth every €!
      Written 23 July 2019
    • Stephanie F
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful Visit!!
      We had a wonderful tour with Roberta this morning. She was lovely and enthusiastic about the traditional Parmigiano Reggiano cheese-making process. The tour held the attention of all three kids (11-17) and us parents too. The visit was easy to coordinate and the drive there was beautiful as well. 5 stars!
      Written 21 November 2018
    • Paolo-Chris
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fascinating
      My wife and I visited the Caseificio San Pier Damiani while on a tour. Nothing is better than genuine Parmesan-Reggiano cheese, and it was fascinating to see the meticulous care with which it’s made.
      Written 12 August 2018
    • JRapsavage
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The king of cheese. Parmigiano Reggiano!
      Fantastic, informative tour from beginning to end on the process of making Parmigiano Reggiano, The king of Cheese! Beginning at 8:20 am and finishing around 11:20 with a tasting of 3 aging stages of parmigiano. A wide assortment of parmigiano related items are available to purchase. Also available, excellent locally made frizzante wines, jams, honey, vinegars, sausage and of course, Parmigiano. I booked an English tour which should cost more instead of the free app. Our tour was in Italian & English. All of our questions were answered and the tour wasn't rushed in any sense. This latteria is family owned and has been for generations. They take their product very seriously and do everything by hand, daily! Shipping is available, please, please contact them and ask. They are more than happy & willing to make it happen for you & cut the middleman!!! You can taste the love & dedication to this true artisan product. What would the world be like without Parmigiano Reggiano? I cannot imagine!
      Written 30 July 2018
    • Teensy_teens
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful Cheese-Making Experience
      We visited this dairy today and we're able to watch the Parmesan making process from beginning to end. They do a fantastic job of explaining everything and show you into all parts of the facility. Delicious cheese, too!
      Written 30 October 2017
    • danielpV425ZS
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic Experience !
      Great experience. Thank you Paula for taking the time to give our group a tour and explaining the cheese making process. Highly recommended if you are passing through this area of Emilia Romagna!!
      Written 22 October 2017
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    Old guy travels
    Houston, TX256 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    3 couples, one van and Mathias our travel guide/host who was the son of the cheesemaker. We saw the whole process from milk delivery through to the 120 pound cheese wheel. In depth explanation with a personal touch. The passion of the father for his chosen vocation was amazing, working 365 days a year making 12 to 14 wheels of cheese each day. Not a day off since 1998!....this is a must do trip.
    Written 30 March 2019
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    Justin R
    Edinboro, PA9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2019 • Couples
    Great tour takes you to a family farm who has worked every single day for the past 25 years goes through the cheese process start to finish. Great value.
    Written 14 December 2019
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    Marleen S
    Florence, Italy182 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2019 • Couples
    Really loved this tour we were allowed a lot of time to watch the daily production of the cheeses, not a touristic readymade activity but real activity. The cheese makers really proud of their product and good explanations.👍👍
    Written 17 November 2019
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    Emma K
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2019
    We spent a wonderful morning with Roberta & her team learning how Parmigiano Reggiano cheese was made. It went for approx 2.5 hours and you get to see every step right up close. This is a family business and everyone was so passionate and friendly. We got the train from Reggio Emilia and then a taxi (20mins) to San Pier Damiani. Highly recommend a visit. Thanks Roberta!
    Written 21 October 2019
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    RandRCalifornia
    Santa Clarita, CA697 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2019
    I was looking for a tour that didn't take up the whole day, was fun and authentic and didn't make me not want to eat the product (this is why we skipped the prosciutto tour - haha) . I would highly recommend this tour if you are a cheese fan. You learn so much - such as "parmesan" cheese is not the same as authentic parmigiano-reggiano, it's a knock off that in some cases doesn't even have the same ingredients. You learn about the different grades of cheese and why some is better for grating - only the best is kept for eating in chunks and how to spot authentic , stamped with the official seal parmigiano-reggiano at the store when you get back home. You get to try differently aged cheese at the end and there is zero pressure to buy anything but we wanted to take some home and we are so glad we did. It would cost triple back in the US.
    The farm is run by a family and the son conducted our tour. I was surprised at the dedication it takes a cheesemaker to hone his craft. They picked us up at our hotel spot on time and returned us back after about 1.5-2 hrs.
    We had a small blip because it stated on their website they were closed on the day we wanted, but then the hotel arranged a tour for us and it was this same tour. Apparently, the son is not the official tour guide and when that person isn't there it shows the tour to be unavailable. Perhaps ask your hotel to check in case you are unable to book online.
    Great way to learn about one of the main specialties in this region!
    Written 20 September 2019
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    72Ang069
    Coffs Harbour, Australia95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2019 • Couples
    We booked ourselves online.
    On arrival Roberta greeted us for our tour. Super enjoyed this 7th generation family run business.
    You get up close and personal to hear all about it, touch it, smell it, taste it.
    Thanks for the experience. I highly suggest you add if you are in Parma.
    Written 20 July 2019
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    greenpanther30
    Camberley, UK1,297 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We loved our short tour here. It starts at 8:30am, don't be late, the cheese won't wait! The timing of production means you need to be there early. You get to see everything that goes into this amazing production process. Roberta is very passionate about her families business and it's happy to share it with the tourists. We really did enjoy our time here. The smells are incredible. Cost €8 for the tour and we got some cheese for €15. The same cheese would have been €40 at home, it's a huge slice. Fabulous experience and it's something you must try when you are in this region! Amazing
    Written 20 May 2019
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