A real opportunity to go in the woods with expert mushroom hunters. You will spend the experience with the local truffle hunter and his dog to discover the white gold of the Italian mountains. These activities will be done around Bologna (Savigno).
When: The truffle seasons starts from April till end of November. Time is flexible.
What: Half a day with truffle dog and guide + visit at the truffle museum.
What to bring: Suitable weatherproof clothing and hiking shoes.
Hiking Difficulty: Low to Medium.
Do you love good food and the great outdoors? Emilia Delizia organises truffle hunts in Italy from the simple excursion to the fully organised holiday including accommodation, gourmet lunch/dinners, private chefs and of course your truffle guide and dog. Below you will find some good information about the areas in Italy where you can hunt for the expensive mushroom tuber.
Where to hunt for truffles in Italy
As you probably know, among the typical products of Italian cuisine the treasured white and black truffles hold a place of honour. But if you prefer to go beyond the table and do an exciting tour through the Italian woods it would be better to learn where, when and how to hunt for truffles. Read on the following guide to the best locations in Italy where to find truffles, the right period for truffles harvest and what equipment you need to do it.
Areas in Italy where to find white and black truffles.
Truffles in Piedmont.
Northern and North Central Italy are the ideal habitat where black, white and other fungi varieties lie underground.
Lovers of white truffles should head to the famous town of Alba, in the Langhe region of Piedmont, to see and taste the highly priced treat celebrated each year between October and November at the International White Truffle Festival and auctioned at shocking prices, as a single white truffle can reach the value of thousands of Euros. Other good locations in Piedmont are the province of Asti and the Monferrato area.
Truffles in Tuscany.
Anyway the sought after tubers can be found among the roots of poplar, willow and oak of Tuscany territory too. The soil conditions favourable for the growth of many varieties of truffles are in:
- Mugello, north of Florence
- Crete Senesi, near Siena
- San Miniato surroundings
- Val Tiberina situated in the Arezzo province
- Casentino, between Florence and Arezzo
- Maremma, in the Grosseto province
Check this page for more info about truffles in Tuscany.
Truffles in Emilia Romagna.
Following the hilly itinerary of the Tuscan-Emilian Appennines, an area rich in truffles is the countryside in the province of Bologna in the towns of
- Sasso Marconi
- Castello di Serravalle
Truffles in central Italy, Umbria.
Going down to central Italy, travel to the suggestive woods of Pietralunga and Città di Castello, in the region of Umbria, where the humid soil reveals white truffles characterized by an aroma almost as sophisticated as the one from Alba. The exquisite white variety grows in:
- The Tevere Valley
- The Eugubino Gualdese
- Orvieto surroundings
Top Umbrian areas to pick black truffles are:
- Nera, Corno and Sordo rivers
- Trevi and Subasio mountains
When to hunt white and black truffles in Italy
The right season to go and pick the flavourful white truffles is when the green rolling hills of Piedmont, Tuscany, Emilia Romagna and Umbria go yellowish. Autumn and winter are definitely the best seasons to visit these regions of Italy if you love also to take part to festivals and fairs (sagre), where you can taste many regional delicacies (wine, cheese, chocolate and more).
Better to schedule your adventurous harvest in Piedmont or Umbria if you rather prefer the black variety since you have more chances to pick it from June to November. Black truffles reveal their deep aroma when cooked so, if we consider the unique scent and taste of the white variety, we can understand how a single slice or sprinkle of tartufo bianco served fresh is enough to enrich any dish. Finally its rarity – only Italian territory is blessed with white truffles - contributes to increase its value on the market reaching amazing quotations.
What to wear for truffles hunting
Talking about the perfect gear, waterproof jacket and walking boots make up the perfect equipment to wear as you stroll through the woods, but remember that without a dog properly trained and an expert guide who knows deeply the area, becoming a real truffles hunter it’s not that easy and you may run into dangerous food similar to the one you were looking for. At the end of the day, only expert trifolaus can disclose some of the secret places where to discover the earthy treats.
So if you have a taste for the precious Italian fungi, don’t thing twice about booking food tours in Italy to experience yourself a day as trifolau!
Written by Valentina Grassiccia
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We had a wonderful tour, best part about visiting the Modena region!
The tour was perfect. I think Paolo would be a splendid ambassador for Italy in the EU. He knows how excellent Italian food and eating together can solve many major problems, and can stop aggressive behavior. Not the hunt for more money, but the well being of family and friends counts. Paolo shows us the products of ages of civilization and he did this like an artist. So after the tour we really love Italia more and we'll come back. We will call you Paolo, Thanks!
Following two tours with your guides this week I would like to express my thanks for some wonderful experiences.
Monday we did the tour of cheese making, balsamic and Salami which was very good and the guide Paolo was very knowledgeable.
The truffle hunt tour today was absolutely amazing, the guide Stefano is pure gold and the tour was built with much thought. Our best experience so far, by far.
Looking forward to more tours and fun next time we are in Italy.
The group (and me) was VERY satisfied. We really enjoyed the Parmegiano Regiano which was interesting and we got to buy some delicate and cheap cheese, the same with the balsamico. The Ferrari driving was off course an experience for life. The Winery lunch felt very genuine and the people there was really welcoming and nice people. The genuine feeling there was however the big plus for us.
Paolo was excellent as our guide. He also felt very genuine. He did not talk just for the sake of talking, but when he had something to say he did it in a respectful and nice way. Everyone in the group really liked him.
I wanted to let you know what a great day we had this past Friday on our tour with Jacamo. (Probably not spelling it right) He was very nice and explained everything to us. It sure gives you a new appreciation when you are slicing cheese. 🙂 Our tour ended with him taking us to the vineyard for a tour and lunch and there, Paolo, the owner could not have been more nicer. It was a perfect ending.
Please let Jacamo know what a great job he did and how much we really appreciated it and his knowledge
The website is well structured and we received a prompt answer to all questions. Gabriele supported us with all information we needed and the organization before the trip was excellent.
We had an air conditioned van, which was very relaxing through the whole tour. The first stop was the parmigiano production, which was very impressive and interesting. We could learn and especially see all the different steps and even taste the various aged parmigiano. The second step was the balsamic vinegar tasting. Finally the meat part was interesting in the museum but we hoped that we also could see more about the production and their work, but the tasting was delicious. In overall we had a very informative and well accommodated half day with our guide
It was great experience! We visited Parmesan cheese production, Balsamic vinegar farm, Ham museum and Farmer's lunch. Our guide gave us a detailed explanation, we were very satisfied. An excellent tour for a reasonable price, highly recommended.
Nous sommes une famille de cinq et nous avons adoré notre expérience. Les trois endroits étaient choisis judicieusement. Notre guide était très généreuse et super gentille. Nous recommandons ce tour ( parmesan, vinaigre balsamique et jambon de parme).
My family felt our first trip to Italy must include a tour of a Parmesan Cheese Factory so when I stumbled on this website several months ago I had no idea what I treasure I found! From the moment I submitted a request for the tour, my experience with Emilia Delizia was first rate. Gabriele provided excellent customer service by patiently answering all my questions to guide me through the selection and reservation of our Foodie Delight Tour. Paolo, our driver, was prompt, cordial and knowledgeable about the processes we were observing and the area in general conveying loads of information with his well-developed English speaking skills. Our stop in Modena fell on a Saturday so we were quite fortunate to end up with a private tour which allowed us to have a nice, personal interaction with the people at each site. Everyone was friendly, generous with the tastings and we never felt rushed to move along to the next location. Now that we have returned to the states, my family agrees this tour was a highlight of our 10 day trip. I was really looking forward to this excursion and am glad to report it exceeded my expectations.
Unbelievable!!! Totally recommend the full hour to anyone and was more than I expected.
I also want to recognize Alex Pignone who accompanied me,He was very professional and extremely knowledgeable and made me feel like I have known Him forever and where two friends out for a cruise.
Thank You for allowing me to get one more item off my bucket list.