Going to Florence? Visit Parma!… Crossways stopoffs – get wowed by Parma culture and foods

Travelling across N Italy?  

Here’s the chance to fit in a wonderful short break.

Crossways Parma to Tuscany stop off tours 

We have a lot of requests for short stop off tours catering for clients arriving in Milan/N. Italy and heading toward Venice, Florence  or Cinque Terre.

Breaking up the journey with an fascinating stop off and lunch break short tour could be the perfect start to your Italian vacation trip.

Driving Milan to Florence?

We have 2 fab stop offs that include visiting great Parmesan cheese makers and artisan gourmet food tastings. Request info


N. Italy to Bologna/Venice –

OPTION 1  -Why not visit one of our great Parmigiano Reggiano makers and enjoy a vineyard gourmet lunch. OPTION 2 – Visit a master salame maker and eat the local Piacentini cuisine with Culatello. Request info


N Italy to Cinque Terre

Visit out 3 Kings cheese maker and then head into the Appenines towards Cinque Terre and taste the speciality cuisine of Pontremoli near Massa Carrara. Request info Tour base cost 1 destination 80.00 euros – add lunch 2 destination half day 130.00 euros


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All our clients absolutely love Parma – here’s why..

We want to make your vacation complete with a visit to Parma because while Italy is about art, culture food and wine… Parma will do you proud in many unique ways. First thing our visitors usually remark on is ”Why isn’t Parma totally famous as a tour destination like Florence?” … it makes you wonder! As an avid Italy tour fan, when I first arrived in Parma, it came as a huge pleasant surprise – Parma immediately struck me as being one of the most charming safe and beautiful cities in Europe. Coming from a creative background visiting Corregio at the Parma Dourmo was a stunning must-do experience. The truth n secret is out there and well kept because Parma has a wealth of interesting places to visit including great art, romance, fashion, music and the finest food and wines on the holy planet… Hmm… so why is a Parma visit so often left out?

”I think it’s because most tour companies in the states are run according to right brain principles… and also a lots of Italian specialist agencies may be sporting a healthy dis for competitor regions… Bolognese local will always promote Bologna and never Parma for example… this regional competition is alive today like never before..” Nick Garrett food n walk tour host.

It’s a frank insight and keen observation often so typical of the overseas resident in Italy…a cultural inside view only found in the ex-pat. ”An overseas resident can see these things… share the info and promote outlying regions.. take the Parma commune of Berceto, totally unknown but a great place to visit up in the hinterland of Emilia Romagna-Tuscany, the heart of Porcini land and fine everything from honeymoon cabin getaways (Podere le Chiastre), food, walks and bistros (Manubiola) – but it’s off the vacation visitor radar”. The local fame of these destinations is entirely by word of mouth and in Italy that really means the place is the real beautiful deal. You can visit Parma all year round and join the clan who return to share is genuine quiet yet exquisite magic. FWT

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