Taste Emilia Romagna Foods in these 6 Visitable Food Factories!

Best food tours of emilia romagna

When it comes to Italian cuisine, few regions are as rich, varied, and influential as Emilia Romagna.

Nestled in the heart of Northern Italy, this region is a veritable treasure trove of culinary delights.

Known as the “food valley” of Italy, Emilia Romagna has given the world renowned products such as Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma, Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, and Lambrusco wine, among others.

But Emilia Romagna is not only about enjoying great food and wine – it’s also about understanding its origins, the production process, and the centuries-old traditions that are behind these world-class Italian products.

A visit to this region provides a unique opportunity to do just that, by touring the factories and production facilities where these delicacies are made.

One way to deeply explore the region’s culinary heritage is through Emilia Delizia’s ham and cheese tours, which offer immersive experiences in some of the region’s most celebrated food production sites.

Here’s a curated list of the must-visit food factories and experiences in Emilia Romagna, where you can immerse yourself in the art of Italian food and wine production.

From cheese factories and prosciutto producers to historical vineyards and cooking schools, these places offer a deep dive into the heart of Italian gastronomy.

Enjoy the journey! 🙂








1. Visit Caseificio 4 Madonne: the Home of Parmigiano Reggiano!

caseificio 4 madonne - parmigiano reggiano

Located in Lesignana, Modena, Caseificio 4 Madonne is a renowned cheese factory for the production of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. 

This famous Italian cheese is often copied abroad and sold with the name “Parmesan”, which nothing has to do with the extremely high quality (and taste!) of the original Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, which original recipe dates back centuries!

In the factory of Parmigiano, they offer a tour to their factory where you can witness the cheese-making process, from milk processing to the final product aging in their impressive cheese cellars. To book a visit, you can check their official website.

2. Acetaia Giusti: the home of the Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

acetaia giusti - aceto balsamico di modena

There are people that love it, and people that hate it. What is sure, is that the Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is an extremely prestigious type of vinegar which perfectly marries with an incredible variety of Italian dishes! (Personally, I am in the “loving” group 😉 ).

As one of the oldest producers of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, Acetaia Giusti in Modena offers several types of visits and experiences.

Tours typically include a walk through the vineyards, a visit to the historical aging cellars, and a tasting session. Some tours also include a gastronomic lunch or dinner. You can arrange a visit on their official website. 

3. Salumificio la Perla: Home of the Prosciutto di Parma

salumificio la perla a langhirano - prosciutto di parma

Located in Langhirano, the Salumificio la Perla is the food factory home of the Prosciutto di Parma.

La Perla offers guided tours of their prosciutto production facility, where you can assist to the production of the ham and witness the incredible aging cellars where the Prosciutto is left aging for years: if you like meat, you will find the smell in here is absolutely mezmerising!

Tours in La Perla, conclude with a tasting of their Prosciutto di Parma, paired with local wines and other regional delicacies. All in all, a fantastic culinary experience to try one of the most famous foods that Italy has to offer. 

Check their website  for more information.


4. Visit Accademia Barilla: the most beloved Italian Pasta

accademia barilla - food gastronomy tour

One of the oldest Italian TV advertisements was saying “Dove c’è Barilla, c’è Casa”, which translated in English to “Where there is Barilla, there is home“.

All of us Italians, we grew up by hearing this motto over and over, and Barilla is indeed today not only the most-eaten pasta in Italy, but also symbol of “homeyness” for many of us too 🙂

While Barilla does not offer tours of their pasta factories, their institution Academia Barilla (“Barilla Academy”) in Parma is dedicated to Italian gastronomy and culinary arts.

They offer a variety of culinary experiences, from cooking classes to gastronomic tours. For more information, you can send an email to [email protected] or visit their official website.

5. Cleto Chiarli: Experience the Traditional Lambrusco Wine

winery of cleto chiarli - home of lambrusco

Emilia Romagna and Lambrusco wine are almost synonyms 😉

Cleto Chiarli is a notable winery in Castelvetro di Modena with over 150 years of history, known exactly for its traditional Lambrusco wine.

Immersed in the vineyards, they offer guided tours of the winery, which include wine tastings and possibly food pairings like salumi and grissini. If you’re looking for the ultimate Emilia Romagna wine experience you should check out their website to organize your visit 🙂 

6. Visit the Antica Corte Pallavina Relais: home of the Culatello!

antica corte pallavicina relais - culatello museum

Are you looking for one of the most mouth-watering experiences in the region?

More than a food factory and more than a restaurant, the Antica Corte Pallavicina offers a whole experience revolving around the culinary traditions of Emilia Romagna.

Tours cover various aspects of their operations, from the Culatello Museum to their farm and kitchen garden, and conclude with a tasting session. The typically Italian garden decorated with ivies is just the perfect match to taste a superior example of the highs of the Italian culinary tradition and slowly enjoy the Bella Vita feeling 😉

To book your visit, you can check out their official website

Six Food Factories you can Visit in Emilia Romagna



EMILIA ROMAGNA - 6 food factories you can visit

Concluding our culinary journey through Emilia Romagna, it’s clear to see that the region’s gastronomic prowess extends beyond mere taste.

The pride, passion, and tradition embedded in the production of these culinary treasures are a testament to the Italian ethos of ‘fatto a mano’ – made by hand.

Each location we’ve explored invites you not just to savor exquisite flavors, but also to understand and appreciate the craft, time, and heritage invested in each product.

What emerges from these experiences is a newfound appreciation for authenticity, a tribute to regional biodiversity, and a celebration of slow food over fast life.

This is the soul of Emilia Romagna – where gastronomy becomes a way of life and where eating well is synonymous with living well.

As you reminisce about the heavenly bites of Parmigiano Reggiano, sips of vintage Lambrusco, and the alluring aroma of Prosciutto di Parma, you’re not just recalling a meal, but an immersion into a culture and a tradition that has been kept alive for centuries.

In Emilia Romagna, food is not merely a source of sustenance, but an expression of history, a link to the land, and a reason for community.

So, as you plan your travels, consider the rich, diverse landscape of Emilia Romagna.

It’s more than a feast for your taste buds; it’s a journey into the heart of Italian culinary heritage, an adventure that stirs the soul just as much as it satisfies the palate.

After all, to know Italy is to taste it, and there’s no better place to start than Emilia Romagna 😉

Hereafter I will leave you also a few curious articles about Italy that you might be also interested to check out:

Thank you for reading, and see you in the next article!

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