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Truffle Hunting in Italy

A Truffle Hunting Holiday in Italy

The harmony and balance running through the landscapes and flavours of this ancient land make for an experience of immense charm and prestige while enjoying some of the very best Italian gastronomy. Italy is the land of truffles and great wines, notably Barolo, the wine of kings, the king of wines. Langhe is a magical place, sprinkled with cities of art and country villages, splendid castles, undulating hills and old roadhouse inns in verdant surroundings.

Tour overview

Day 1 / Milan/Turin
Arrive at Milan/Turin airport. Meet with the tour leader and enjoy a private transfer to Langhe Hills. Welcome aperitivo and check-in at your chosen accommodation with dinner in a charming restaurant.
Day 2 / Barolo
After breakfast, meet with the tour leader and transfer to the Barolo wine area, birthplace of the “king of wines and wine of kings”. There is a private visit with an expert guide to a renowned Barolo cellar to discover the fascinating world of Barolo wine production. We take a wine tasting among the barrels followed by lunch made with local products. After lunch we take a panoramic tour of the Barolo wine area. In the afternoon, we transfer to Grinzane Cavour and our guided visit to the impressive medieval castle, one of the icons of Langhe Hills. Here the exclusive “World Alba White Truffle Charity Auction” takes place every year in November.

The castle is also the location of the region’s most important winery, “Enoteca Regionale Piemontese Cavour”. Savour your aperitvo while enjoying the breathtaking view of the castle before dinner in the Michelin-starred restaurant set inside the medieval building.

Back to the hotel for your overnight stay.
Day 3 / Wine Bank
After breakfast, meet with the tour leader and head out for a fantastic cooking experience in a prestigious castle: you will personally execute every phase of a menu preparation picking up some of the secrets of local traditional recipes. After the cooking class, enjoy your lunch. In the afternoon, we visit the Wine Bank, an institution created by Slow Food movement in order to preserve the historic memory of the Italian wine.

This will be the location for a sensorial game: the participants will be divided into four teams and asked to guess what type of wine they’re tasting using their five senses. We then enjoy a special sunset hot air balloon flight to discover the gentle hills from another point of view. A final toast will end this unique experience before transferring for dinner in a prestigious historical palace.

Back to the hotel for your overnight stay.
Day 4 / Turin
After breakfast, meet with the tour leader and depart for Turin and a guided visit to Venaria Reale, the magnificent Savoy residence that comprises 80,000 square metres of floor surface in the royal palace, 50 hectares of gardens (adjacent to the 17th-century village of Venaria) and 3,000 fenced hectares of La Mandria Regional Park. This is a natural and architectural masterpiece, UNESCO World Heritage since 1997 and recently involved in the EU’s largest cultural restoration project. The monumental palace or Reggia boasts some of the finest examples of Baroque, while the gardens bring together an ancient and modern charm, with an extraordinary balance between the archeological remains and the contemporary artworks. We then transfer to the city centre for lunch in a characteristic restaurant.

In the afternoon, take an enthusiastic tour through Turin driving Fiat 500's, the symbol of the city, with pit stops in surprising places such as the Medieval Village and Lingotto district.

Back to the hotel to relax before dinner in a charming restaurant.
Day 5 / Truffle Hunting
After breakfast, meet with the tour leader and depart for an exciting truffle hunting excursion looking for the prestigious Alba White Truffle (Tuber Magnatum Pico) with a truffle-hunter and his trained dog. This is a most exciting experience for truffle enthusiasts. The hunter and dog will lead the group into the woods to seek out the precious underground tuber, guided only by the dog’s sense of smell and the intuition resulting from years of experience.

Before the hunt, we hear from an expert, who will provide all the information essential to understand how, where and why truffles grow. Lunch is on a characteristic and charming farm with truffle tasting. This afternoon there is time for some luxury relaxation with entrance to an exclusive spa and wellness centre for a professional massage session. Tonight we enjoy a special dinner in the magic atmosphere of an historical building in a panoramic position.

Back to the hotel for your overnight stay.
Day 6 / Dogliani
After breakfast, meet with the tour leader and transfer to Dogliani for the Dolcetto Dogliani DOCG wine seminar in a well-known historical cellar. Lunch will be in a charming restaurant and then t's back to the hotel and time to relax. Later in the afternoon transfer to Alba and meet with an expert personal food shopper to be guided in the best shopping of local products and truffles (in season). There is free time to take a walk in the city centre among elegant boutiques and historical buildings. Dinner tonight is in 3 Michelin star restaurant in Cathedral Square.

Back to the hotel for your overnight stay.
Day 7 / Alta Langa
After breakfast, meet with the tour leader and transfer to the Alta Langa area, with its wild landscape dotted by woods and fields. We visit a traditional dairy to discover all the steps of the cheese making process. There is then a tasting lunch with local products and cheeses. We then transfer to Canelli, for a guided visit to the oldest Italian wine cellar producing “metodo classico” sparkling wine and its huge underground cellars, the so called “Underground Cathedrals”, and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. We enjoy a tasting of the greatest Italian Spumante wines. We then transfer to Rivoli for dinner in the original Combal Zero restaurant, one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, where the chef and owner Davide Scabin astonishes his guests with his hyper-creative, conceptual tasting menu.

Back to the hotel for your overnight stay.
Day 8 / Milan City Centre
After breakfast, meet with the tour leader and transfer to Milan city centre and your meeting with a personal shopper and fashion counsellor, to enjoy a unique experience in Italy’s Fashion Capital. Aperitivo and lunch in a charming restaurant. Then take a stroll in the graceful city of Cherasco and savour a tasting of the traditional pralines “Baci” (“kisses”) with chocolate and hazelnuts from Piedmont in an historical pastry shop. Dinner is in a characteristic osteria to taste a typical product of this town: snails.

Back to the hotel for your overnight stay.
Day 9 / Gavi wine area
After breakfast, meet with the tour leader and transfer to Gavi wine area, in southeast Piedmont, to discover this great wine region. There is a visit to an historical wine cellar with tasting before lunch and an afternoon at leisure. Tonight we say farewell at a gala dinner in a lovely restaurant.

Back to the hotel for your overnight stay.
Day 10 / Milan/Turin airport
After breakfast, check-out, meet with the tour leader and depart to Milan/Turin airport for your journey home.

Find out more about Truffle Hunting in Italy

If  you would like to find out more about this truffle hunting tour in Italy, please contact Dave Pope on 01926 658797 or dave@popeandsons.co.uk