Truffle hunting in Italy, land of excellences

If you want to enjoy one of the most precious and expensive products among the many delights of Italian culinary heritage, the truffle has always been in first place among the most sought after food by foreign travelers.

Autumn is the truffle season par excellence and you need to to know what are the places where you can join guided tours and tastings devoted to “the king of the table”.

Follow our advices to know how to do; we picked the 4 most interesting destinations for travelers who love truffles and other Italian specialties.

Valnerina in Umbria, land of truffles and beautiful landscapes

Valnerina in Umbria

Valnerina is the Valley of Nera River that extends between Marche region and Umbria. It is an area full of attractions as it is characterized by medieval villages, the famous Marmore’s Falls and Norcia truffles, available in three varieties: the Black Truffle of Norcia (Tuber melanosporum Vittadini) which is collected from 1st December to 31st March; the summer truffle (Tuber aestivum) also called scorzone, that you can find from 1st June to 31st August; and the Black Winter Truffle (Tuber Uncinatum) that is collected from 1st October to 30th November.

To join an exciting truffle hunt, you can contact Activo Park, in Scheggino, home to the International School of Truffle, which organizes courses, tastings and truffle hunting. For information and reservations contact Activo Park at the phone number 0743/618005, you will feel like Oprah Winfrey, who a year ago has been in Valnerina to find truffles thanks to the guidance of expert truffle hunters (“trifolai” in Italian).

Truffle hunting in Italy, land of excellences

San Miniato, the capital of white truffles in Tuscany

Top truffles in Italy

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Central Italy is the first stop on a trip devoted to the most delicious truffles; in fact, the small town of San Miniato (near Pisa) hosts the annual White Truffle Fair: this isn’t just a feast, but a showcase-event that enhances the other local products such as wines, cold cuts and cheeses.

The event takes place this year on 3 weekends: 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 November.
San Miniato also holds the record for the largest truffle in the world, 2 kilos and 520 grams, found in 1954 by Arturo Gallerini, nicknamed “Bego”.

About truffle hunting, we suggest Truffle in Tuscany, offering several kinds of activities such as Luxury Experience (a walk in the woods where it was found the largest truffle), lunch or dinner with dishes based on fresh truffles and a funny cooking class to learn the secrets of this tasty gem preparation.
To learn more and schedule your truffle hunting check the website: www.truffleintuscany.it

The largest truffle in the world

Alba, home of the truffle in Piedmont

White Truffle Alba Piedmont

If you are looking for an additional reason to visit Langhe, the historic region of Piedmont declared a World Heritage Site in 2014, have a look at Alba, the home of white truffles, celebrated every year by the International Fair that will be held this year from 10th October to 15th November.

Among the scheduled events, we recommend Alba Truffle Show, every Saturday and Sunday at the Cortile della Maddalena, and the sensory analysis of truffles, a workshop that will show how to choose the best product, how to store and eat truffle for enhancing their properties.
For truffle hunting, activity available all around the year, you can contact TartufLanghe: www.tartuflanghe.com

Where to find truffles

Acqualagna, the flavor of tradition in a nature reserve

Gola del Furlo

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The last stopover of our journey is Acqualagna, a not very popular town for mass tourism and yet incredibly charming.

Acqualagna is located in Marche region, near the Furlo Gorge, which is part of the nature reserve Gola del Furlo, a paradise populated by junipers, maples, wild roses and rare animal species such as the golden eagle.

In Acqualagna takes place a White Truffle Fair, now came to 50th edition, however, you can collect and buy truffles all year around, contacting companies like Acqualagna Tartufi which sells many specialties such as sauces, creams, oils flavored with truffles and all the varieties of this valuable tuber (from white to black muscat, just to name a few). This is the website to find more information on products: www.acqualagnatartufi.com.

tartufo pregiato di Acqualagna

Take the opportunity of a tour here to see the remains of the Pietralata castle, built in the XI century and situated on a rocky outcrop almost completely inaccessible.

Each of the goals of this trip reveals a different aspect of a top product such as truffle, a treasure difficult to find, for those who got the passion, expertise and skills needed to enjoy it at its best.

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