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.
For a group of 1 to 2 persons
from 274.00 €
For a group of 3 persons
from 225.00 €
For a group of 4 persons
from 197.50 €
For a group of 5 persons
from 184.00 €
For a group of 6 persons
from 166.50 €