Would you like to learn all the secrets of Tuscan truffles? Their characteristics, properties, differences, how to store and how to use them?
In a word, would you like to enter the mysterious world of the truffle?
Come on one of the truffle hunting excursions organized on a Farm located on the outskirts of Chianti and the Crete Senesi regions, just 10 km from the historic center of Siena, on the site where in 1260 the famous battle of Monteaperti took place. Our meeting point for all the truffle hunts is the car park at the Farm, whether for the excursions in the woods just above the farm or the alternative truffle hunting area a few kilometers further afield.
Here you will meet up with your expert truffle hunter and his wonderful dogs. It is without doubt these animals that make truffle hunting possible. They are a special breed known as “Lagotto”. They are working dogs with natural gift for searching and an excellent nose which makes this breed very efficient in hunting for truffles. The Lagotto is loyal, keen, affectionate, very attached to his owner but sociable with others too... a great companion on our truffle hunt.
- January 1st to May 31st is the period of the "Tartufo Marzuolo" or "Bianchetto", the March or Spring white truffle € 65 per person
- June 1st to September 30th is the period of the "Tartufo Nero Scorzone", a black Summer truffle € 65 per person
- September 10th to December 31st is the period of the “Tartufo Bianco delle Crete Senesi”, the white truffle ot the “Crete Senesi” region € 80 per person
The truffle hunt in Summer is best early in the morning, in hot, dry weather the morning dew helps the dogs find the scent, not to mention being cooler and pleasanter for walking, so our departure time from June to September is about 7.30 - 8.00 am from the farm. From October to May the cooler, damper weather allows for a slightly later morning hunt, departure around 10.30 am or an afternoon departure at about 4.30 pm, as always from the car park at the Farm.
The hunt usually lasts between 1 to 2 hours depending on the weather and the luck of the hunt!
By the way please come prepared, with comfortable clothing and footwear for a hike through the woods in whatever the season of your truffle hunt.
If you would like to taste the truffles found during the excursion, you can stop off at the Farm restaurant and try some of the dishes made with these precious fruits of the earth.
Dinner with tasting-use of truffles from starters to first course and main course with dessert, water, wine, coffee and Vin Santo sweet wine, the cost is 50 € pp. for minor truffles, 65 € pp. for the white truffle.
If you would like to learn how to use truffles, after the truffle hunt you can participate in a Cooking Class with Nonna Ciana in the large family kitchen of the Farm, with the following menu: crostini with truffle, hand-made noodles with truffles, eggs with truffles, as well as a sweet surprise, water and wine included. The cost of Cooking Class is 130 € pp. for minor truffles, 145 € pp. for the white truffle.