Would you like to try the experience of ” digging ” a truffle out of the soil for the first time under the guidance of an expert truffle hunter and his dogs ? Would you like to learn all the secrets of Tuscan truffles ? Their characteristics, properties, the different varieties, how to store and how to use them? In short, would you like to enter the mysterious world of truffles? Come on one of the truffle hunting excursions organized on our own land by the “Fattoria Le Pietre Vive di Montaperti”, a working and holiday farm located on the outskirts of Chianti and the Crete Senesi regions, just 10 km from the historic center of Siena, just by the site of the famous battle of Monteaperti of 1260.
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.
To help you get the best of the companionship of the truffle hunter, a mine of information on truffles, the dogs, the woods and countryside and the local area in general and the friendly, hardworking four legged hunters you will be accompanied by an English speaking interpreter – generally the interpreter who will also assist you during the cooking classes (Truffle hunt-Cooking class package) and so will be able to give you tips on storing and using the truffles once you get them into the kitchen too.
The time and day must be agreed upon depending not only on the weather and the time of year but also on the availability of the truffle hunter and his dogs.
In spring and summer, moreover when the weather does not allow the dogs to work at their best during the day it is necessary go truffle hunting in the early morning or to postpone it until the evening.
The hunt usually lasts between 1 to 2 hours depending on the weather and the luck of the hunt!
Please remember to 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 either have a little tasting session with delicious truffle “crostini” and a glass of our own Chianti Colli Senese wine or if you prefer, you could stop off at the Le Pietre Vive restaurant at the farm house (www.lepietreviverestaurant.com) and try some of the various dishes made with these precious fruits of the earth.
Furthermore, if you would like to learn how to make the best use of truffles, after the truffle hunt you can participate in a Cooking Class with Nonna Ciana (www.cookingclassesnonnaciana.com), in the large family kitchen of the farm.
Take into Consideration that:
January 1 to April 30 is the period of the ” Tartufo Marzuolo” or ” Bianchetto “, the “March” or spring white truffle.
1 June to 30 September is the period of the ” Tartufo Nero Scorzone “, a black Summer truffle.
10 September to 31 December is the period of the “Tartufo Bianco delle Crete Senesi” , the famous white truffle ot the “Crete Senesi” region.
You can book your guided truffle hunt, your snack or meal or your cooking class with truffles – obviously those in season at the time – by e-mailing the owner of the ” Fattoria Le Pietre Vive Montaperti “, Nicola, at email@example.com or by calling him directly on his cellphone at +39 3334663208.
In any case the owner will be happy to provide details of arrangements and prices, as well as any other information you may require.
We look forward to seeing you!
We were extremely pleased with the truffle hunt! The experience was unforgettable. Had no idea a truffle hunt could be so much fun.
This truffle hunt was one of the best activities we did in Tuscany. My boyfriend and I arrived around 5:30 pm and spent the next hour and a half stomping through the woods with Roberto and his two very energetic truffle hunting dogs. Heather, the translator, was also delightful. We found a bowl full of truffles in all shapes & sizes. It was very educational and we would definitely recommend!
Our family of 5 had the delightful experience of a morning truffle hunting with Roberto and his truffle dogs Mia and Bibo… It was fantastic, we found loads of magnificent aromatic smelling truffles & our 6 and 9 year olds came back muddy & very happy. We did the truffle hunting and then spent the morning at La Pietre Vive cooking lunch and eating it. It was a fantastic day and the kids rate it as the best day in Italy so far.
Our family joined Roberto, his interpreter Heather and two dogs for a wonderful two hour truffle hunt. We learned all about the dogs, where truffles are likely to be found and the importance of getting to the dogs as soon as you see them digging. Turns out they love truffles as much as we do! Be sure to wear long pants and secure footwear so you can run and help dig for truffles. This will be a great memory for our family. Glad we did it.
If you want to have the most memorable, unique, fun, cultural experience in Tuscany, go on this truffle hunt. If you don’t like truffles, or have never tried them, it is still great. The walk was not too far, the hosts were very friendly, and the dogs were friendly. I had never tried truffles and was skeptical after seeing and smelling them, but the hosts provided us with 2 jars full of chopped truffles with olive oil and parm cheese, and they are delicious. If you really want to top off your visit to Tuscany, take a cooking class with them and use the truffles you found on the hunt. There is no better experience in Tuscany!
Without question, this was one of the most fun and interesting vacation experiences we’ve ever had. We never knew dogs could be used in this manner, and to see how passionate they are about their “work” was nothing short of a joy. Oh, and Roberto (I hope I’m remembering his name correctly), the dog’s owner and trainer, is the ideal guide for such an adventure. He is very pleasant and insightful. The bottom line is that this is an activity that should not be missed. Combined with Nonna Ciana’s cooking class at the Fattoria Le Pietre Vive di Montaperti and you have the perfect Tuscany experience!
Az. Agr. Fattoria Le Pietre Vive di Montaperti di Nicola Guerrini
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