Tuscan Truffle Hunt
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On 2017/11/02
Thomas Wilson said:
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Art Viva's reputation is richly deserved. And Angelo is one of the best tour guides I've ever witnessed. Our evening walk of the Oltrarno district and The Original Florence Walk the next day were extraordinary in their depth, historical perspectives, contexts, interesting stories, and his warm delivery. He loves this city. Now we do too. Thanks Angelo. Sincerely, Thomas and Taffi Wilson

On 2017/11/02
Steve said:
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Great Tour

We spent the day with Alessandro, who probably works nights as a stand up comedian. Very funny and very informative. We thoroughly enjoyed the 3 towns we visited and felt like we walked away with a taste of Tuscany

On 2017/10/20
Keith and Sue Ferguson said:
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We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 tours with Hilde and Tatianna.

We signed up for the day of three tours; Original Florence, Uffizi and David. It was a long day but our guides made it a special experience. We would heartily recommend the tours to others visiting Florence. Our guides knowledge, passion and stories will be remembered long after our return home.

On 2017/09/10
Kim said:
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Best Tours Ever

It was our very first trip to Italy, so my husband and I decided to book tours with ArtViva based on Rick Steves' recommendation. We took the Accademia tour with Ingrid, the Uffizi tour with Klaus, and the Original Florence tour with Tatiana. Each guide was a joy to be with. They were all both extremely knowledgeable about their subjects and were enthusiastic about presenting it. I learned so much about the amazing Florentine art and architecture. It was worth every penny. I would highly recommend ArtViva's tours to everyone!

On 2017/08/31
E said:
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Fantastic walking tour with Hilde. I would recommend it to everyone visiting Florence.

On 2017/08/03
Valarie said:
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Worst Tour!

Worst tour! Artiviva says they NEVER wait more than 10 minutes for anyone. The party of 4 on our tour forgot it was this day so we picked them up at their hotel, my daughter and I were not given a choice, and this took 45 minutes! Somehow they say we lost no time from our day tour even though we had to be at lunch at a set time and returned to Florence on time. The party of 4 paid for our tour to make up for everything but we can never get the extra time we lost back. And time was limited in each city on this tour. Our estate had olive trees and a vineyard but was known for the pigs they raise and kill for prosciutto and our tour included the meat curing house. Not every appealing before lunch. Needless to say this was in NO way the Tuscany tour we envisioned when we booked it. We had 3 more tours scheduled the next day with Artviva so we gave them the opportunity to make it right with us in some way so they gave us an art book that we couldn't take and carry with us all day for our 8 hours of tours.

On 2017/08/03
Stephanie said:
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Fantastic Experience!

We took four tours through Artviva, three from Florence and one from Venice--all excellent! We took this tour the next day from Florence, and it was the perfect half-day to get a glimpse of the Tuscan wine country without committing an entire day (we had Florence sightseeing in the morning, wine country in the afternoon). Vito was our tour guide and driver, and he was so much fun. With the group, we got a chance to chat with folks from all over the world, and the collegiality was equally as enjoyable as the estate, wine, and olive oils we tasted when we arrived at the estate. We tried the fares, learned about the history of the estate and wine in Tuscany in general, and then took a tour of the property. Both the wine-making facilities and the private home of the Lord and Lady were open for us to tour. It was incredible! And there was even a rare piece of World War I history too (you'll have to visit to find out)! Truly, a terrific experience.

On 2017/08/03
Stephanie said:
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Fantastic Experience

We took four tours through Artviva, three from Florence and one from Venice. They were each outstanding. Your Own Cinque Terre (private tour): on our last day in Florence, we took a one day private trip to three of the five villages in Cinque Terre. Elenora was our tour guide all day, and our driver was Massimo. Both were fantastic! Elenora especially made our tour truly an experience we will never forget. She's brilliant, easy going, and full of interesting information about the cities and their histories. She even gave us an overview of the towns we traveled through on the drive to the coast. She escorted us through the train system, around the cute and winding cobblestone streets, and even to a fantastic family-owned restaurant for some seafood pasta and wine from the region. It was like having an old friend show you around her hometown. I cannot recommend this tour enough. The sights (!!), the food, the tour guide (seriously, ask for Elenora!)... all were lovely.

On 2017/08/03
Stephanie said:
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Fantastic Experience!

We took four tours through Artviva, three from Florence and one from Venice. They were each outstanding. Smart, friendly, adept tour guides led us around. And, friendly, helpful office staff helped us navigate the booking process (even before we arrived, they helped me process the booking and coordinate with meet-up locations all via email in advance). Original Florence Walk & David Tour (private tour): Corrina was our tour guide, and she was a real joy. She met us in our hotel lobby (super convenient!) and gave us a terrific tour of Florence, emphasizing its architecture, culture, history, and the daily lives of Florentines throughout the centuries. It was capped off by a visit to the David, and arriving with a tour meant that we were able to skip that incredibly LONG LINE. It was the perfect way to become acquainted with the city, and I highly recommend making this your first tour in Florence. Be

On 2017/08/03
Stephanie said:
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Fantastic!

We took four tours through Artviva, three from Florence and one in Venice. They were each outstanding. Smart, friendly, adept tour guides led us around. And, friendly, helpful office staff helped us navigate the booking process (even before we arrived, they helped me process the booking and coordinate with meet-up locations all via email in advance). Original Florence Walk & David Tour (private tour): Corrina was our tour guide, and she was a real joy. She met us in our hotel lobby (super convenient!) and gave us a terrific tour of Florence, emphasizing its architecture, culture, history, and the daily lives of Florentines throughout the centuries. It was capped off by a visit to the David, and arriving with a tour meant that we were able to skip that incredibly LONG LINE. It was the perfect way to become acquainted with the city, and I highly recommend making this your first tour in Florence. Be sure to ask for Corrina!

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If you've never seen, smelled, or tasted a real truffle, you're in for a unique treat! This exclusive experience includes private transportation from the Florence city center, and can be arranged to meet you at your central Florence location on request.

Edible truffles are among the world’s most prized, in-demand ingredients. For millennia, their mysterious growth processes have eluded those who dream of successfully cultivating them, and it is only relatively recently that attempts by agricultural producers have yielded some results in cultivation. Today, the ancient methods relied on for finding truffles are still practiced in parts of France and Italy—expert truffle hunters, partnered with their indispensable truffle hunting dog, seek out the precious tubers with skill, patience, and knowledge of the land. 

Our Tuscan truffle experience is perfect for food and nature lovers who wish to understand the mysterious and marvelous world of Tuscan truffles. In the company of an expert, fully licensed truffle hunter, you will learn about the history and origins of Tuscan truffles, their uses, different characteristics, and the natural conditions and other factors that affect growth and quality. As no hunter could carry out his work without the aid of man’s best friend, this activity also includes learning about the important role of trained truffle-sniffing dogs. After a wonderful time exploring the woodland, enjoy a light meal and glass of red wine.

Highlights of the Tuscan Truffle Hunt:

  • Learn about the truffle's fascinating symbiotic growth process, their various classifications, history, uses, and seasonality.
  • Go on the walk through the lovely Tuscan woods, led by an expert truffle hunter
  • Learn about the truffle hunting way of life
  • Discover the relationship between a truffle hunter and his dog, and see some dog training techniques
  • Enjoy a rustic light truffle-themed lunch in the countryside
  • Possibility to purchase found truffles at the current market rate**

The finer details of the Tuscan Truffle Walk:

Meeting time: 8:30am, every day except Fridays and Saturdays, from June 1 through April 30. 

Meeting point: The ArtViva office at Via de' Sassetti, 1 (2nd floor) - see map for details.

Length: approximately 4 hours

Minimum participants required to confirm: 1-2 people 

Maximum participants: 6 people* 

Transport: Private transportation will be arranged, including a return to central Florence. For other locations, contact us for an additional quote.

Weather: The tour itinerary may be altered or the tour cancelled in cases of wet weather. Please contact us for more information about alternative options. 

Please note: Your host will meet you at 9:00am at a designated spot to begin your experience. After a brief introduction, he will lead you into the woods for the first two hours of the activity, concluding with a light lunch (about an hour) prepared in the truffle hunter's house or garden. The lunch will include focaccia, Tuscan bread with truffle oil, truffle shavings, tomato bruschetta, salad, pecorino cheese, gelato with truffle honey, and red wine to accompany the meal. *Not suitable for children 2 years old and under.

**Truffles found while on the hunt are not included in the cost of the activity. You may have the chance to purchase found truffles at the current market rate. 

Watch a video here of the Tuscan Truffle Walk!

 

 

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