Foodies throughout the world will know Italy’s truffles. While the white truffle from Alba in Piedmont has an almost cult following, a fantastic alternative throughout the non-autumnal months are the bianchetto and the black truffle found in some regions of Italy, especially in Tuscany, Piedmont, Emilia Romagna, Le Marche, and Umbria.
Truffles have been harvested in Italy since Ancient Greek times, and truffle hunts are a fascinating way to learn more about these gourmet jewels and used in Italian gastronomy. Their flavors perfectly complement rich and velvety Italian wines, such as the Sagrantino from Umbria’s wine-producing hamlet of Montefalco.
We have designed this one-day gourmet day excursion for food and wine lovers looking for a unique experience. Our truffle tours are private, and this particular truffle hunt day trip can begin in Arezzo or Perugia (we organize truffle tours also in other Italian regions). Your elegant and friendly driver will pick you up, and you will travel to the historic Umbrian town of Citta del Castello (north of Perugia and Assisi and east of the Tuscan city of Arezzo) where your hosts await. This morning you will have your private truffle hunt complete with hounds, and follow by a cooking class demonstration on how to incorporate truffles into your culinary repertoire. You will also learn how to preserve truffles. Enjoy lunch and spend the afternoon visiting Città di Castello or another medieval city en route to your hotel. This is a special day out and a “must do” for foodies visiting Tuscany or Umbria.
Truffle Hunting Tour Highlights:
- Private Truffle Hunt Umbria
- Cooking Class and Truffle Tasting
- Excursion to Citta del Castello
Below is a suggested Itinerary for your private Truffle Hunting Tour
Sample Umbria Truffle Hunting Itinerary
- Lunch with wine
- Privately Chauffeured Mercedes
Your private driver and elegant Mercedes will come to pick you up at your hotel in Arezzo, Perugia, or Assisi in the morning.
Carry on to the Umbrian town of Città di Castello to a renowned truffle company known for their array of fresh truffle and high-end products like truffle-infused extra virgin olive oils, truffled butter, sliced truffles. You will go into the woods on a truffle hunt with your escort and the dutiful truffle hounds.
Next up in a small, cozy kitchen, you will receive a private cooking demonstration/ cooking class with three courses using precious truffles! A convivial lunch is to follow with baked tomatoes glazed with balsamic, Zucchini cream with truffles, and delicious Chianina beef tagliata, all paired with local Umbrian wines, of course. After lunch, visit the enchanting hilltop town of Città di Castello, and enjoy the narrow streets and perhaps checkout into the local art museum, or take in the views.
In the late afternoon, your driver will take you back to your hotel. We hope you had a great time on this gourmet day excursion!
And this concludes your VIP Culinary Excursion.