Truffle Hunting in Siena


Tuscany and in particular the province of Siena are not only famous for the production of cured meat and cheeses, but they are also the center of one of the most refined and particular flavors that mother nature has given us: the truffle.
Let yourself be guided by an experienced truffle hunter and his faithful dogs, personally trained by him, and discover this very particular and precious product that exists in the underground.


What is a truffle? Where does it grow? And above all… how is it found? Enjoy with us this exciting experience to answer all your questions and learn some nice anecdotes about our four-legged friends!
Truffle hunting, a very hard and difficult job, is transformed into a pleasant activity that allows us to stay in close contact with nature and dogs. This “hunting” definitely requires passion, a lot of perseverance, excellent technique and also…a little luck!
The experience will take place into the woods and valleys of Siena and you will understand how much work and dedication are hidden behind the precious truffle and its unique taste. Mario, a truffle hunter and passionate restaurateur, will show you some of the most important rules and secrets of truffle hunting: from the care and passion for dogs, to the love and respect for nature.
We will accompany our expert truffle hunter and his highly trained dogs in the guarded and secret places where truffles grow. There are many factors that influence the hunting: the dog’s breed, age and experience, his desire to learn, but also weather and environmental conditions.
Dogs can find a truffle even when it’s ten centimetres underground because of its strong smell, they are able to distinguish its smell from many others. The time of the truffle hunting is very important and it is preferable to do it early in the morning.


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Giulia Vannini

My name is Giulia. I am a hiking and diving guide. My passion for nature and animals has accompanied me since I was a child in all my studies. I graduated in Biology and then specialized in Marine Biology, I studied around Italy in important universities and research laboratories. After the Master in Environmental Legislation I returned to my beloved Siena, where my family and my dear friends were waiting for me.
I am from the Shell neighborhood (Contrada del Nicchio), you will discover in our company that the “Contrada life” in Siena is very important since childhood, and it is one of the things that makes this city unique!
Since I was a child I had a passion for teaching, over the years I worked in schools as an educator and so I developed interesting projects in the field of environmental education. My passion for playing with children will never end and in fact I am also a swimming instructor, specialized for people with psychophysical problems.

Thanks to Siena Tourism I create tours and events combining all my studies and my passions. We thought of many walks to do, alone or with the whole family, and many beautiful activities dedicated to children! I expect you soon to discover our enchanting territory together!

Ludovica Noviello

My name is Ludovica and I was born in Rome, where I attended the German school. After the diploma I studied at the Humboldt University in Berlin at the faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature. For many years I lived around Europe, where I worked and continued to study languages. My passions are art and foreign languages, so I decided to move back to my beautiful country to combine them in my job as a tour guide. I moved to Siena, where I studied to become a licensed Tour Guide in Italian, English, German, French, Italian and Spanish.
Siena is an enchanting city, a treasure chest that holds many artistic and cultural beauties and my job is to transmit my love for Siena and the many villages in the Province to those who come to visit it.
As a member of Siena Tourism I am also one of the organizers of this great project.
Our aim is to make you know the best of some of the cities and villages in Tuscany, offering you many beautiful moments to remember forever.
I am sure that this part of Italy will find a special place in your heart!