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Truffle Hunting in Tuscany

There’s only one thing better than eating a dish prepared with fresh Italian Truffles and that’s enjoying a day truffle hunting and learning how to make the most of these delicious delicacies - enter Luciano Savini and his world record breaking dog Rocco! Until recently Savini Tartufi, based in Tuscany, only opened their doors for truffle tasting. Now guests are able to hit the forest with Luciano and his faithful friend and follow the process from seeking out the truffles right through to making the perfect dish to complement each flavour.

In 2007 Luciano and his dog hit the headlines when they discovered a 1.5kg truffle, not only was its scale impressive (it was one of the largest truffles found in decades), it was sold for a record breaking £165,000! Take a trip to Tuscany to hunt with this record breaking pair in 2013 and you won’t be disappointed, visitors rave about the activity and their experience at Savini. 

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Rocco and Savini digging for truffles

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Savini celebrating his world record breaking truffle

Traditionally, as the saying goes, it should be a pig after truffles. Dogs however are much better at this activity due to the ability to control them once a truffle has been found. Pigs are notoriously prone to eating their find – and who can blame them! The Lagotto Romagnolo is currently the only dog breed recognised to sniff out truffles and, judging by the record, is also quite good at it.

Savini Tartufi promise to teach guests about the truffles and to select and cook the perfect ones for each dish, with guests leaving having gained a master class in truffle cookery…and a few pounds perhaps. To kick start your truffle knowledge we can tell you that The Tuber magnatum pico white truffle is found mostly in northern and central Italy, whilst the Tuber borchii, or whitish truffle, is found in Tuscany, we’ll leave the rest to Savini.

The complete truffle hunting is a five hour event consisting of ‘the hunt’, a cookery course and a tasting menu and is a day well spent in this beautiful region of Italy. Guests will learn about the truffle, how it is born and grown, its selection, how to conserve it and of course how to cook it. The day typically starts with a morning truffle hunt in nearby woods, which only commences after a full briefing, following by a kitchen course at which each guest is presented with an apron and chef’s hat (great for photo opportunities) before getting to work on creating a truffle banquet.

If you are interested in booking a truffle excursion please speak to your A&K Villas representative prior to travel or to your local host in resort. As this package is popular and has to be booked in advance we highly recommend it is booked early. Please also note that it is subject to availability. To find out more, call us on 0845 618 2205 or visit www.savinitartufi.it/

*All types of truffles may be found in Tuscany all year long but variety changes according to the season as specified here below:
Tartufo Bianco Pregiato (Tuber magnatum pico) Autumn
Tartufo bianchetto (Tuber borchii vitt) Winter/Spring
Tartufo Nero Pregiato (Tuber melanosporum) Winter
Tartufo Scorzone Uncinato (Tuber aestivum vitt) Summer/Autumn.

Additional information
Activities are available by reservation only and are available from Monday to Friday (lunch & dinner).
Saturday and Sunday are available for groups only (min. 10 p.)


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