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A Day Trip to Parma From Cinque Terre

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Cinque Terre are 5 magnificent villages attached to the clifts of the Liguria shores. Visitors will find that food is mostly based on dishes of the sea, focaccia bread, olive oil, basil, in other words the real mediterranean diet. The five lands are conveniently connected by the Italian railway that connects to the nearest largest town which is La Spezia. From here tourists can easily catch a train to another gourmet destination in Italy, Parma.

The town is just over one hour away by train or car and it is definitely one the most undiscovered gem of Italy. Parma boosts some of the best Italian culinary traditions such as Parma ham and Parmesan cheese but also a unique romanesque architecture as well as an extensive operatic season to celebrate the local composer Giuseppe Verdi. Visitors should pay attention to the magnificent Parma cathedral which cupola has been frescoed by the famous artist known as the Correggio. In the same piazza visitors can also admire the baptistery which is entirely built in pink marble and adorned by medieval shapes. Teatro Regio is a magnificent example of renaissance art and a visit to Parma is not complete with an evening spent at the theater.

But Parma has more to offer, in fact one of the most interesting attractions is the parmesan tour. Travellers can visit with an English speaking guide the production of the famous Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, the guide will take great care to explain step by step how raw milk is turned into this tasty cheese. Parmigiano Reggiano is PDO cheese that can be made only in small area in Italy which includes Parma, Reggio Emilia, and Modena. The cheese has 900 years of history and the first written accounts has been found in the town of Bibbiano not far from Parma.

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Another strong point in the culinary traditions of Parma are its cured meats, in fact the array of hams and salami is rather vast. Producers manufacture culatello, fiocchetto, salame di felino, culaccia, coppa spalla cotta and the list goes on. Not far from the city centre lays Langhirano which is the capital of the production of Parma ham. Producers of the prosciutto are also keen to receive visitors at the factory. Here attendees can sample the delicacy directly from the source.

At lunch with egg pasta should not be missed, Emilia Romagna has a great tradition in terms of freshly made egg pasta and in Parma visitors can enjoy tortelli alla parmigiania, similar to ravioli in shape but stuffed with ricotta and herbs and topped with parmesan cheese and melted butter.

Parma will not fail anyone wanting to discover its culinary tradition and its history, even in a day tour visitors can cover quite a lot without rushing. Parma is conveniently located by the major motorway and well connected by rail to all major Italian cities.

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