Friday, September 5, 2008

Italy Travel: Parma - Tortellini, Puccini, Prosciutto and Parmesan

Parma, in the Emilia Romagna region of central Italy is well known worldwide as the home of Prosciutto di Parma ham and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, both of which come from the Parma area of Emilia Romagna.

In the United States many people eat Parmesan cheese with their pasta, which is no relation to Parma Italy or Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

Prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano Reggiano are integrally linked through the process of raising pigs, feeding the pigs, and milking the cows. All the methods are tightly controlled, which results in fine food that may only be found in this area on the slopes of the Po Valley.

These food curing processes date back to the Etruscans and then after the ancient Romans adopted the Etruscan food curing practises when they inhabited these areas from about 200 B.C. Click here to tour Parma by video with author Isabella Dusi.

Parma Italy is also know as the home of tortellini, a type of pasta, and to the famous opera composers like Puccini, Toscanini, and Verdi who all spend time in this beautiful city in the Po Valley in Emilia Romagna.

For more information and to see video about Parma Italy, visit Web Vision Italy, your camera into Italy travel.

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