A bit like Marmite (only much more expensive and much more difficult to find), tartufo (or truffle) is the kind of thing you either love or hate, but the truffle hunting in tuscany is a must.
Incredibly pungent tubers, truffles pop up, as if by magic, in only the most hidden corners of the Italian countryside, from mid September until late November. Now’s the time of year that you’ll find white, black and brown truffles served in all the best Italian restaurants: sprinkled on top of pasta and meat, stirred into sauces, toppings and pastes, added to olive oils and even grappa.
For truffle hunters, Tuscany is one of the country’s biggest treasure chests, and the ideal place to fill their basket with the highly-prized ectomycorrhizal fungi (although the people of Umbria and Piedmont will no doubt fiercely dispute this!).
It has a truffle festival which, this year, in San Miniato, Florence, will be held on November 9th to 10th , November 16th to 17th and November 23th to 24th .
Want to join in the fun, hunting for and eating truffles? We’ve scouted out three luxury Villas in Tuscany where you can do just that.
Villa Le Rondini- San Donato in Collina
Villa Le Rondini (The Swallows) is a prestigious country luxury villa situated in a palace built at the end of the 13th century around a tower on the Florentine hills. Recent restoration has brought the building back to life. “Villa Le Rondini” is made up of seven exclusive suites with extreme comfort. This is an idyllic place close to Florence down town, for special events, family reunions, special birthday partys, intimate romantic wedding , sleeps from 10 to 14 people, to coincide with the weekends when San Miniato’s White Truffle Festival.
43° Mostra Mercato del Tartufo Bianco a San Miniato:
9-10 | 16-17 | 23-24 Novembre 2013
L’appuntamento annuale per conoscere il Tartufo Bianco di San Miniato.
Green Hamlet – Bastia Creti, Cortona
Perfectly located between Umbria & Tuscany (Cortona 25 km) situated on the top of a hill with a spectacular 360 degree view of rolling countryside overlooking the historic Niccone Valley, North of Perugia (the capital of Umbria) this historic hamlet dates back to 1433.
During truffle season, you can join and Green Hamlet a truffle expert and his dog, hunting for white truffles in nearby Cortona and perhaps ask the chef, to help you prepare a meal with your lovely loot in the farmhouse kitchen on your return.
If you’re looking for luxury in the Crete Senesi, then there can be no better place to find it than Buonconvento and the Villa Granduca: a meticulously restored 16thcentury villa, designed by none other than the great renaissance architect Baldassare Peruzzi.
Stay at this Boutique hotel and spa this autumn and you’ll have the chance to join the“Truffle and Olive Oil Tour”, which includes a visit to the nearby Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, famous for its 16th century frescoes by Signorelli and Sodoma, a tour of the Romita farm and olive press and a truffly lunch at a local trattoria.