End of July. Italy. While we were looking for a different way to spend a beautiful summer weekend, we bumped into the picture of an amazing relais located in Polesine Parmense, not so far from our main city, Bologna. 

I turned my research mode on and I immediately found the Antica Corte Pallavicina, an amazing country house completely restored following cozy design but keeping unaltered its true essence and history. The Relais offers eleven rooms.They are simply elegant, with all the comforts and attention to details, the modern style inserted during the renovation works, pleasantly blends with the period furnishings and the magnificent sixteenth century coffered ceiling. The main theme of this Corte is the typical and very famous ham of the area: the Culatello. 

The location is in-fact the residence of one of the most famous Culatello in the world, preserved from generations to generations. We based this adventure on discovering our culinary origins and we were pleased to learn a lot of informations on this incredible Italian masterpiece, the Culatello. The relais offers different spaces, from the outdoor, with animals, pigs of course, cows, peacocks, a beautiful vegetable and flowers garden, where the chef of the Corte does his personal grocery shopping for the restaurant, a museum with the history of the location, the family and the origins of the ham and last but not least an amazing cellar. 

The cellar was a masterpiece, when we entered we couldn’t believe to our eyes: Culatelli everywhere! The Cellars of the Corte, built in 1320 by the marquesses of Pallavicina, were used by them for curing salumi and maturing cheeses, for aging their wines and storing the products from their lands and, since then, it didn’t change it. We based our entire staying on tasting and trying Culatelli paired with amazing red wines… the entire experience was definitely yummy and I can now say I am an expert on the topic.