Truffle Hunting in Tuscany! On foot along the forests of Montalcino led by experts searching for the king of the table: its majesty the truffle. Let’s go!
Experience hunting for truffles on a beautiful Tuscan morning under the guidance of an expert truffle hunter and his dog. You will take quiet forest paths to secret places where truffles grow and, if you are lucky enough, you will dig out this delicious gem of nature right from the soil.
For lunch we celebrate the treasures we have found with a glorious 4-course menu based on truffle by the “osteria” headquarters of the local truffle hunters. In the afternoon we head to a local Brunello winery to visit the vineyards, cellar, aging room and taste delicious wines in company of the winemaker.
We will start around 10 o’clock in the morning for our Truffle Hunting & Brunello Wine Tour, but this depends on the season. We could possibly ask you to start earlier in order to avoid the warm temperatures of the summer. Our English-speaking driver guide will pick you up directly at your accommodation in a luxury and very comfortable Mercedes Benz vehicle. On board, you will always have access to free water and wi-fi internet connection.
During the transfer to the forest, your guide will introduce you to the territory, its history, and its traditions. After a 15-minute drive, you will meet up with your expert truffle hunter and his dogs: the wonderful animals that make truffle hunting possible. They are a special breed called Lagotto Romagnolo – a loyal, keen, and sociable dog with an excellent nose which makes this breed very efficient in hunting for truffles.
The type of truffle for the hunt changes according to the season:
White Truffle –> September – December
Spring “Marzuolo” Truffle –> February – April
Summer “Scorzone” Truffle –> June – August
The hunt usually lasts between 1 to 2 hours depending on the weather, the luck of the hunt, and how interested you are in walking. At the end of the “cerca”, the truffle hunt, you will enjoy a tasty meal at a traditional restaurant where all dishes will be prepared with fresh truffles.
In the afternoon, we will visit a winery of Brunello where you will have a private tour and meet the owner or one of the staff – wine experts who will guide you through the property including the vineyards as well as the vinification and aging cellars. After the tour, we will have our own reserved area for the tasting, usually with a view.
Here you will taste 3-5 wines guided by the owner or by an expert professional like a sommelier who will tell the story of these wines, their characteristics, and the best pairings.
At the end of the day, we will transfer you back to your accommodation around 5 pm.
- Private transportation in a luxury, fully licensed Mercedes Benz vehicle with a/c, free water and wi-fi
- local, fluent English-speaking, food & wine expert driver guide who will accompany you during the day explaining the secrets of the Montalcino terroir
- private truffle hunt excursion with a local licensed truffle hunter and his dog
- private tour of a Brunello winery in Montalcino with tasting of 3-5 wines
- 4-course truffle lunch
What's not included
- the truffles found during the excursion (you can buy them directly from the hunter to take away with you at an additional cost)
Is this trekking too hard for me?
This is a very easy walk for everyone. We will stop many times to explain everything about the area and the truffles, so it is really considered more of a stroll rather than serious trekking.
Are kids admitted on this tour?
Yes, we love kids in Italy, and they are always welcome. Be sure your kids can walk for 1 or 2 hours or be prepared to carry them on your shoulders 🙂 Let us know if you need a booster seat or if you have one with you. Remember also: children are not allowed to taste wines in the wineries until they are 18 years old.
Can you pick us up in Pienza, Montepulciano, Siena, Firenze, San Gimignano, Chianti, etc.?
Yes, of course. Before booking, we will provide you with a price quote for this extra service.
Pickup Points: Siena, Florence, Montepulciano.
Season: All year long
Would you like to modify this tour or design your own experience in Tuscany?
Let us know your needs and wishes and we will tailor the perfect program for your trip to Italy.