On the hunt for truffles, an experience in the italian autumn woods

The walks through a mosaic of aromas, sounds, and warm colors of the autumn forest, among majestic trees with shadowy foliage, are a natural way to transition into the colder season. The truffle, an underground mushroom, represents a journey to discover one of the most genuine and precious flavors the forest has to offer. The experience of searching for it amidst the cool scent of damp soil and leaves, in the crisp autumn air, creates a magical and unforgettable atmosphere.

Experience truffle hunting with certified guides only.

Armed with passion and a desire to explore the woods, truffle hunters are driven by the hope of uncovering the forest’s most authentic essence, as well as by the potential for remarkable profit that truffles can bring. They roam near specific plants, whose roots aid the growth of truffles, and they are familiar with the cleanest areas, free from herbicides and other pollutants in the air and soil, necessary conditions for their growth. In the moments of the search, they live in complete symbiosis with the forest.

To harvest truffles, one must possess a license issued by the chosen Region for the search, certifying knowledge of local species and preparation in respecting the natural environments that allow their growth.

In Italy, truffle hunting is a tradition that goes beyond the simple act of finding a delicious mushroom. It’s an experience that reminds us of the importance of preserving and respecting nature, combining a passion for food with the wonder of nature. If you have the opportunity to try this adventure, the advice is not to miss it: it’s a journey that will fill you with joy and leave you with an unforgettable taste.

The faithful companion for truffle research.

In the captivating experience of truffle hunting, you will certainly be accompanied by a very charming specialist, the truffle dog. Their presence makes the search even more connected to nature because it’s with them that nature leads the way. Each excursion into the woods with our Truffle-hunting Fido is an adventure full of excitement, anticipation, and delicious aromas floating in the air; often, it’s they who are the most skilled in sniffing out and identifying the forest’s underground treasures.
Thanks to targeted training from a young age, the truffle dog acquires the ability to distinguish and signal the presence of truffles, thus contributing significantly to the search activity. They show considerable dedication and motivation in performing the assigned task, their joyful run in the forest is not a sign of distraction, quite the opposite. Their effective and cheerful collaboration with the truffle hunter and their predisposition to work as a team make them an indispensable ally in the search for these precious underground mushrooms.

Dogs are fun and valuable companions for truffle hunting. Photo by Andrea Caironi.

Where do truffles grow in Italy? Alba, but not only.

  1. Truffles grow in various Italian regions, and their presence is tied to specific habitats and climatic conditions. Here are some of the main Italian regions where truffles grow:
  2. Piedmont: Piedmont is one of the most renowned regions for truffle gathering, especially the white truffle (Tuber magnatum) in the area of Langhe, Roero, and Monferrato. Other varieties like the prized black truffle (Tuber melanosporum) are also found in this region.
  3. Tuscany: Tuscany is famous for the prized black truffle (Tuber melanosporum), known as the Périgord truffle. Areas around San Miniato and the territory around Siena are particularly known for truffles.
  4. Umbria: Umbria is another renowned region for truffle gathering, both the prized black truffle (Tuber melanosporum) and the summer truffle (Tuber aestivum). Cities like Norcia and Gubbio are famous for truffles.
  5. Marche: In the Marche region, especially in the Acqualagna area, you can find some of the most valuable truffle varieties, like the white truffle (Tuber magnatum) and the prized black truffle (Tuber melanosporum).
  6. Abruzzo: Abruzzo is known for the prized black truffle (Tuber melanosporum). Areas around Teramo and Pescara are known for truffles.
  7. Lazio: In Lazio, areas near Viterbo and the territory around Rieti are known for truffle gathering, including the summer truffle (Tuber aestivum).
  8. Molise: Molise is known for the presence of prized black truffles (Tuber melanosporum) and summer truffles (Tuber aestivum).
  9. Veneto: Veneto also hosts prized black truffles (Tuber melanosporum) and other varieties, particularly in areas around Treviso and Vicenza.”