Live the experience of truffle hunting with lunch or dinner in Chianti
Tuscany is one of the most important regions for the production of truffles . The collection mainly concerns the white truffle (Tuber magnatum Pico), the most valuable, and to a secondary extent other species variously widespread in the area, such as the marzuolo truffle (Tuber borchii Vitt.), The scorzone truffle (Tuber aestivum Vitt.), The hooked truffle (Tuber uncinatum Chatin), the precious black truffle (Tuber melanosporum Vitt.) and the black winter truffle (Tuber brumale Vitt.).
But what are truffles?
Truffles are mushrooms that grow underground, near trees or shrubs with which they live in symbiosis, mutually exchanging some nutrients indispensable for their life. In Italy there are over twenty-five species of truffles, but only a few are edible and have a commercial importance. The presence of truffles is linked to that of tree and shrub species very common in Tuscany, such as oaks, poplars, willows, lindens, pines, hazelnuts, cysts, both within woods, and as isolated or wired plants. Each truffle, however, has a specific growth environment and, generally, the finest truffles are also the rarest. In Tuscany, for the variety of environments, you can find all the species of edible truffles , from the precious ones to the so-called "minor" ones. Truffles are harvested with the help of the specially trained dog.
Do you want to live a special and unique experience ? Take part in our truffle hunt with Irene and her dog, Tep, and savor the true and unique emotion of finding, smelling and touching one of the most precious and sought-after fruits of the earth. Our authorized guide will guide you through the paths of the woods of Tuscany, telling you stories and legends related to the territory and the practice of truffle hunting: he will teach you to recognize the trees under which they grow, the ideal habitat for the growth of truffles, how to cook and preserve them.
The search will take time and patience, but when you see Tep start wagging his tail and sniffing insistently near a bush or tree root, stick his nose deeper and deeper into the ground and dig, it will only mean one thing: the treasure has been discovery! And Tep will finally be able to receive a greedy reward for the excellent work done. We cannot know how many truffles our Tep will be able to find, but one thing is certain: after a fun, but also tiring walk, you will return to the starting point, at our Villa, where you too can receive your well-deserved reward! It will be time to sit down at the table to taste delicious recipes based on fine truffles , combined with excellent local wines.
We will select for you a typical menu of the Tuscan culinary tradition, able to enhance the sophisticated scent with simple courses.
Duration: 3 hours
- Meeting with Irene and Tep at our Villa in Spoiano.
- Walk in the woods hunting for truffles (1 hour and 30 min. Approx.) .
- Lunch or dinner flavored with truffles and other local products combined with a wonderful view of Barberino Val D'Elsa and the towers of San Giminiano.
FREE CANCELLATION: it will be possible to cancel within 48 hours from the beginning of the experience
We advise participants to have a dress code suitable for walking in the woods.