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.