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Province Piacenza… it’s time to taste it!

Superb Scenery, Food and Wines- Morning bespoke Tour



A unique historical corner of Italy filled to the brim with sensational food and wines, history, art, castles and fantastic scenery – hitherto unknown to tourists outside Italy.

It’s our home and passion!

Join us.


Nick Garrett FWT


Where We Are

Scroll back image enlarged – just 40 minutes away from a great tour.




… and we’ll do the rest




  • The cheesemakers
  • The castle
  • Vineyards
  • Lunch


The Grana Padano legend begins 11th century till today

A fascinating tour of an incredible range of products.

Set in the valleys of Piacenza directly enroute 35 minutes drive from Milan (Linate) airport and you are immediately in the heart of a grand food tradition.

Italian Food tours in Parma Piacenza, Grana Padano v. Parmigiano Reggiano

Grana Padano – Kingdom of Piacenza and beyond

For the people of the DOP region this product is symbolic of independence and heritage… many contend this is THE original Grana (Parmigiano Reggiano is also a grana typicality cheese) born in the monastic secrecy of Lodi.

Hillside Vineyard visit and Country Lunches

Piacenza dinners Piacenza's Regal Castles

Grana Padano (IPA: [ˈɡraːna paˈdaːno]) is one of the most popular cheeses of Italy. The name comes from the noun grana (‘grain’), which refers to the distinctively grainy texture of the cheese, and the adjective Padano, which refers to the valley Pianura Padana. It is called “Grana Padano” and not “Grana Padana” because the Italian word grana is the masculine noun, il grana, describing this specific cheese, and not the feminine noun la grana, which means “grain”.

Grana Padano has protected designation of origin status since 1996.



Grana Padano is one of the world’s first hard cheeses, created nearly 900 years ago by the Cistercian monks of Chiaravalle Abbey, founded in 1135 near Milan, who used ripened cheese as a way of preserving surplus milk. By the year 1477, it was regarded as one of the most famous cheeses of Italy. It can last a long time without spoiling, sometimes aging up to two years. It is made in a similar way to the Parmigiano Reggiano of Emilia-Romagna but over a much wider area and with different regulations and controls. Other grana cheeses are also made in Lombardy, Piedmont, Trentino, and Veneto.


You will see the makers as they work

food tours in Parma Piacenza King Cheese Tour with FWT

Country of origin Italy
Region, town Emilia-Romagna:
province of PiacenzaLombardy:
provinces of Bergamo, BresciaCremona, Lodi, Mantua (to the left of the Po), Milan and PaviaPiedmont:
province of CuneoTrentino:
province of TrentinoVeneto:
province of Padua, Verona
Vicenza, Rovigo and Treviso,

How about that!

This cheese is fascinating to see through all it’s processes.

The cooking, the salting, the ageing and ripening

food tour in Parma Piacenza, King cheese tour Grana Padano


A wheel of Grana Padano is cylindrical, with slightly convex or almost straight sides and flat faces. It measures 35 to 45 cm (14 to 18 in) in diameter, and 15 to 18 cm (5.9 to 7.1 in) in height. It weighs 24 to 40 kg (53 to 88 lbs) per wheel. The rind, which is thin, is white or straw yellow.

Grana Padano is sold in three different ripening stages:

  • “Grana Padano” (9 to 16 months): texture still creamy, only slightly grainy
  • “Grana Padano oltre 16 mesi” (over 16 months): crumblier texture, more pronounced taste
  • “Grana Padano Riserva” (over 20 months): grainy, crumbly and full flavoured

Grana padano cheese typically contains cheese crystals, semi-solid to gritty crystalline spots that at least partially consist of the amino acid tyrosine.

Gourmet Lunch

Food tours in Parma, Caterina serves our great lunch FWT

Cate serves a great lunch on the day.