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Experience hosted by Michelle Valeria

5 hours
Includes tickets
Up to 8 people
Hosted in Italian, English

What you'll do

Parma City of Gastronomy & Perfume is a walk through the elegant and typical shops of the city center that will fascinate and engage your senses. A journey that will delight eyes, nose and palate, through the discovery of the gastronomic delicacies that have made the city of Parma famous in the world, Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma and the tasty products of the Parma charcuterie such as Culatello di Zibello, Fiocco, Strolghino, Salame Felino, Coppa, Pancetta, Gola, Culaccia, Spalla Cruda and Spalla Cotta di San Secondo Parmense.
A fresh pasta shop is a must-see stop walking through the city of Parma, to learn about the ingredients of the famous Emilian homemade pasta and its different shapes, to discover the flavors of typical dishes and curious anecdotes.
We will be enchanted in front of the colorful counters of the famous patisseries, enjoy their sweet and cosy atmosphere while savoring traditional desserts and pastries.
We will also discover the scents of Parma, starting with the unmistakable Violetta di Parma, a symbol of the city and of an era.
After a pleasant stop at the Violetta di Parma 1930 shop and an engaging visual-olfactory sensory experience at an Acqua di Parma Flagship Store, to get to know the brand from its origins to new variations, a fragrant aperitif, based on ancient fruits and lost drinks, will transport us to the Parma of the late nineteenth century, era of the birth of Borsari.
The visit to the exhibition Parma, the city of Perfume will reveal the protagonists of the perfume supply chain in Parma, the origins of the first Italian cologne, Acqua di Parma, an iconic fragrance since 1916, and the birth of the other famous perfume and cosmetic companies in the area.
We will conclude our immersion in the colors, scents and aromas of the city with an unusual tasting of artisanal gelato, capable of recalling different olfactory memories related to the city of Parma and its territory.
When the exhibition is not open to the public, the visit is replaced by an engaging visual-olfactory sensory experience to introduce you to Artistic perfumery at one of the historic perfumeries in the city center.
Other things to note
The cost does not include tastings. There are stops at 5/6 different eateries. You choose your own food and pay for it directly. Guests simply purchase which ever food samples they wish. There is no requirement to buy any of the food recommended on the tour, though our tour stops at some pretty amazing eateries so it can be hard to resist!
Parma City of Gastronomy & Perfume is a walk through the elegant and typical shops of the city center that will fascinate and engage your senses. A journey that will delight eyes, nose and palate, through the discovery of the gastronomic delicacies that have made the city of Parma famous in the world, Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma and the tasty products of the Parma charcuterie such as Culatello di Zibello, Fiocco, Strolghino, Salame F…

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What's included

  • Tickets
    Entrance fee to the exhibition "Parma the City of Perfume", when it is open...
From $163
/ person
Wed, Apr 21
$163 per person
$163 per person
Wed, Apr 21
$163 per person
$163 per person
Thu, Apr 22
$163 per person
$163 per person

Meet your host, Michelle Valeria

Host on Airbnb since 2019
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I am a licensed guide born and raised in Parma, working in the fields of tourism and culture within the territory of the Emilia Romagna region for over 11 years. The passion for the gastronomic excellences of the Emilia Romagna territory and the respect and admiration for the artisans who produce them led me to take courses to become a divulger of Parmigiano Reggiano and Parmigiano Reggiano Taster First and Second Level. I am passionate about perfumes and artistic perfumery. My aim is to let my guests live an authentic experience far from the great tourist flows, to discover the history of the town, parmesan culture and gastronomy and the perfume chain that has characterized the Parma area since the end of the nineteenth century and which still today represents a unique case in Italy.
I am a licensed guide born and raised in Parma, working in the fields of tourism and culture within the territory of the Emilia Romagna region for over 11 years. The passion for the gastronomic excellences of the Emilia Romagna territory and the respect and admiration for the artisans who produce them led me to take courses to become a divulger of Parmigiano Reggiano and Parmigiano Reggiano Taster First and Second Level. I am passionate about perfumes and artistic perfumery. My aim is to let my…
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Where you'll be

We will discover parmesan gastronomy and the history of the companies in the Parma perfume supply chain, which arose many years ago from the intuition of the founders in small laboratories, to grow to the point of having become some of the major references in the world for packaging, bottles, caps and labels . Two hundred years of professionalism and entrepreneurial competence have made the city of Parma an important productive center of international perfumery, thanks to the presence of companies specialized in the creation of essences and in the realization of all the components of the product. The complete supply chain linked to the world of perfume still makes Parma a unique case in Italy.

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

The cost does not include tastings. There are stops at 5/6 different eateries. You choose your own food and pay for it directly. Guests simply purchase which ever food samples they wish.