For our trip in Sept 08, our goal was to SLOW DOWN and not spend less than 3 nights in any one place. We've accomplished that with our plan of 1 week in Tuscany, 3 nights in Cinque Terre and 4 nights in Piedmont. Problem is, I keep thinking about ER and the great food and visits to the Parmigiano and Balsamico factories, and trying to figure out a way to squeeze it in.
So, here's my question. If we divert our route from CT to Piedmont, for just a day and an night in Parma, is it worth it to break our "travel rule" and spend the extra time on the road? What exactly will we see on a Parmigiano factory tour? On a balsamico tour? I have visions of the guide breaking open a wheel of cheese and giving us a taste, but doubt that's really how it works. If that's our focus of this day, will we be disappointed? Are we better off simply planning to return and include a trip to ER so we can give it the time that it deserves?
Sorry for the length to this question and I greatly appreciate any input that you can provide to help me decide what to do!