Join a local truffle hunter and his dogs on his daily truffle hunt, enjoy a delicious lunch of local specialties (including truffles, of course!) at the truffle hunter’s Agriturismo and learn about the history of truffles and truffle hunting.
Truffle hunting can be arranged at various locations throughout Italy (in Umbria, Tuscany and Le Marche in central Italy and near Alba in northern Italy). Depending on the time of year and location it is possible to arrange trips to find both black truffles and white truffles.
More Information on the Truffle Hunting Excursions
The truffle hunting trip usually lasts for around an hour and a half to two hours. After the truffle hunt, lunch will consist of local salamis and cheeses and truffle dishes prepared using truffles found by the truffle hunter.
There are two main types of black truffles (“tartufi” in Italian) to be found in central Italy, the precious black truffle, Tuber melanosporum (also known as the “Norcia”, “Spoleto” or “Périgord” truffle), which can be found from November to March and the summer black truffle, Tuber aestivum, which can be found from May until November. Despite the truffle’s reputation as a precious ingredient, it is used extensively in rustic Italian cooking to add a special touch to simple dishes such frittata (a type of omelette) and strangozzi (a local pasta dish).
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