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4 Day Michelin Culinary Experience in the Land of Verdi 2019
time 4 Days / 3 Nights

Antica Corte Pallavicina is a foodie’s dream destination. Michelin star chef Massimo Spigaroli prepares spectacular gourmet dinners every evening as well as bountiful breakfasts. Guests can not only eat here but stay overnight at the ancient castle in Polesine Parmense, built by the Pallavicina family during the Renaissance. This splendid ancient building is the center of a celebrated farm run by the Spigaroli brothers. They produce delicious Culatelli di Zibello and other exclusive cured meats, along with excellent wines and many other products used daily to prepare the restaurant’s dishes.

A visit to the castle’s ancient cellars, still used today to mature and store these fantastic products, offers a unique gourmet experience. And what a delight to enjoy the dishes that you will prepare together with the Chef in a very special cooking class course. You will also visit the producers of: Parmigiano Reggiano, Culatello di Zibello and DOC Colli Piacentini wines. You will discover the place where Giuseppe Verdi was born and lived, and the wonderful castles of the Dukedom of Parma and Piacenza.

This is a great Add-On Package for anyone visiting Bologna, Parma, or any part of Italy. Call one of our agents to book this package or create a custom vacation incorporating this exciting experience - Michelin Culinary Experience in the Land of Verdi!

inclusionAt a Glance
  • Arrive in Bologna and transfer to Polesine Parmense
  • Visit to Parmigiano Reggiano producer and Busseto
  • Cooking class and visit to Colli Piacentini wine cellar
  • Visit to Fontanellato Castle and transfer to Bologna
dates Itinerary
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Arrival in Bologna and transfer to Star Chef Massimo Spigaroli’s Antica Corte Pallavicina Relais. Visit the splendid castle wine cellars and the maturing rooms of the world-famous Culatello di Zibello, tasting session with it and other wonderful local products.

Get up early to see Parmigiano Reggiano being made, a small sacrifice that will be repaid by a great experience and delicious tasting session. Visit to Busseto, the birthplace of Giuseppe Verdi. Visit to Villa Verdi, housing the original furnishings chosen by the Maestro, who spent long periods of his life there and where his heirs still live. Gourmet dinner and night at the castle.

Special three-hour cooking course to learn how to make fresh pasta (anolini, tortelli, ravioli, tagliolini, tagliatelle, stringoni and pasta rasa) or preserves (jams, tomato preserve, pickled vegetables, preserved fruits) or meat (beef, pork, goose, pigeon, duck, rabbit and chicken). In the afternoon, visit the delightful town of Castel Arquato and an important DOC Colli Piacentini wine cellar, with delicious tasting session.

Visit to Fontanellato castle and transfer to Bologna.

We hope you have an excellent time on your Michelin Culinary Experience in the Land of Verdi!  A warm “grazie” for traveling with us and we hope to hear from you soon to plan your next Italy Vacation!We hope you enjoy this special experience!