Truffle Hunting in Tuscany

Truffle Hunting in Tuscany, Castelnuovo Berardenga: Address, Phone Number, Truffle Hunting in Tuscany Reviews: 5/5

Truffle Hunting in Tuscany
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Would you like to try the experience of " digging " a truffle out of the soil for the first time under the guidance of an expert truffle hunter and his dogs ? Would you like to learn all the secrets of Tuscan truffles ? In a word would you like to enter the mysterious world of the truffle? Come on one of the truffle hunting excursions organized on our own land!
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NJP
5 contributions
Awesome truffle morning hunt
Oct 2020
We were picked up by the local truffle hunter Roberto and his 3 dogs around 9 am.
It was great to learn all about truffles and their habitats and we had just so much fun with the dogs!
They found loads of black truffles which we used later that day in the cooking class which Heather had organized for us! Heather as a translator made sure that everyone enjoyed the hunt to the fullest.
We can't wait to come back!!
Written October 12, 2020
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Karl
2 contributions
truffels everywhere
Sep 2020
a lot of truffels found, lovely dogs, nice expierence tourguides, dogs are kindly treated and well trained.
Written September 19, 2020
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K C
Sydney, Australia50 contributions
Great fun, and what a haul of truffles!
Jun 2019
Late May isn't usually truffle season but we emailed ahead and Heather - an ex-pat who has lived in Italy for decades and is a helpful, responsive, friendly ambassador for Le Pietre Vive and the Castello delle Quattro Torra where we stayed - let us know that the unusually cool and wetter weather meant truffles were a good chance.

We were able to borrow gumboots (important with European mud!) and after meeting the truffle hunter and his adorable dogs, we were off into the forest. It was hugely entertaining when the dogs would sniff out truffles and the hunter (and me and my camera) had to hustle after them to stop them actually gobbling up the truffles. If you're not very sure footed, you can always just hang back, of course. Still, this is an activity for those happy to do a fair bit of walking in the forest and sometimes off the trails.

It was great having Heather accompany us as an English speaking guide to give us some background and generally to tell us what was going on.

We ended up with a pretty huge haul, which we were told was quite a find at this time of the year when normally the warmer weather signals the end of the season.

We coupled this with the cooking class at Le Pietre Vive afterwards, which was a ton of fun too, where you can eat some of the truffles from earlier hunts (not the ones you've just picked, as they're covered with dirt!)

It's not exactly a bargain basement activity, but as city slickers from Australia on honeymoon, we figured sometimes you just have to splurge a little. Great to support this old traditional practice too.
Written May 24, 2020
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Thanks for taking the time out to write reviews and for your appreciation of our properties and activities. We're alwaysreally pleased to know our guests enjoyed their visit and even more pleased when they write a review to share the experience with others.
Written July 9, 2020
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Suzanne N
Houston, TX1 contribution
Wonderful Truffle Hunt
Nov 2019
A group of us from Houston enjoyed a wonderful autumn morning in Tuscany with truffle hunter, Duccio, and his faithful dogs Kimbo and Bonnie. The delightful Heather joined us as translator since Duccio speaks mainly Italian. The six of us Texans traipsed through the woods on a drizzly, cold day without a care in the world as we followed Duccio, Heather and our new best friends, Kimbo and Bonnie in search of truffles. Duccio encouraged the pups to find the truffles with his kind voice saying "Dov 'e, Bonnie, dov 'e"? "Where is it Bonnie, where is it?" Soon enough, Kimbo and Bonnie were digging in the dirt and Duccio would race over to help unearth the black truffle, give the dogs a sniff to show them it was a good one and rewarded them with a treat. This scenario played out about a dozen times during our morning. Heather ended our hunt with a delicious truffle crostini tasting and Prosecco. It was by far one of the most authentic and exciting travel adventures we’ve ever experienced and we know we'll be back again.
Written February 4, 2020
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Thank you! We're so pleased to know you and your group enjoyed your truffle hunt with us. We really appreciate your kind words and your compliments. Greetings from all the team, bonnie and Kimbo included!
Written February 18, 2020
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Elizabeth H
Los Angeles, CA10 contributions
Unique Tuscan Experience!
Dec 2019
By far the most memorable experience of our trip. The kids LOVED the walk in the woods with the dogs, our guide was SO informative and kind, and we got to learn so much about truffles! We were lucky as it was just the 6 of us so we pretty much had a private excursion. There really was something for everyone in our family from age 5 to 65! Just know that you are walking into the woods and if you have trouble walking, this might not be the activity for you!
Written January 6, 2020
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Thank you! We're so pleased to know you and your group enjoyed your truffle hunt with us. Thanks so much for writing about your experience here and sharing your thoughts with other potential guests.
Written July 9, 2020
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Fran R
Camden, SC6 contributions
Fabulous Truffle Hunt
Oct 2019 • Couples
Thank you Heather, Duccio and pups Kimbo, Maia and Ugo! Out we went on a crisp fall morning to see what truffle hunting was all about. Duccio and his dogs were amazing! The dogs are so well trained, exciting to watch them work as a team!
As Duccio speaks little English, Heather comes along to translate . She’s so entertaining and informative!
Afterward, we had a truffle tasting with a glass of wine. Le Pietre Vive has a fine restaurant on the same property as the truffle reserve. You can also purchase farm products there. We did not try the restaurant, but understand that it is wonderful!
The truffle hunt was definitely a highlight of our two week visit to Italy!
Written November 3, 2019
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We're so pleased you enjoyed your truffle hunt with us. Thanks so much for writing about your experience here, we really appreciate your compliments!
Written November 6, 2019
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jenSosBCN
Barcelona, Spain13 contributions
Great unforgettable experience
Nov 2019
One of those days where u meet really authentic people, 3 lovely energetic dogs, spend an afternoon in the Forrest , learn about their ways of live and observe the super interesting practice of Truffel hunting! Thanks to Roberto , Heather and the 3 doggies for a wonderful experience
Written November 3, 2019
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Thank you! We're delighted you enjoyed this experience. Thank you for being great company and best wishes from all the team...dogs included!
Written November 6, 2019
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David S
Wayland, MA359 contributions
Not what it's advertised to be
Sep 2019
We had a group for a truffle hunt, and there was only 1 truffle hunter and 2 dogs for more than 15 people. We walked into the woods and spent an hour walking around, most of our group was not able to hear anything or get involved. It might be a good experience for 2-4 people, but more than that is very difficult. The price was much too high for what we got. They tell you that you don't get to keep the truffles - so don't plan on taking anything you find with you. The dinner afterwards was cheaper (for a 3 course meal with wine) than the hunt!
Written October 14, 2019
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Thank you for sharing feedback on your truffle hunt with us. Of course, we are disappointed that we did not meet your expectations. We thought that as a group travelling together you would have preferred to stay together but with hindsight, we see that it would have been better to split you up into smaller groups with two hunters as we often do with larger groups. We want every guest to have a great experience and will certainly take your comments to heart.
Written November 6, 2019
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Marcie S
Chappaqua, NY22 contributions
Truffle Hunting
Oct 2019 • Family
Wonderful, once in a lifetime experience! Walking through the beautiful woods amongst the most scenic views while watching this team of dogs in action was fascinating! Wonderful experience for anyone! After the hunt we enjoyed a FANTASTIC tasting of truffles which we will never forget. If you are looking for something fun and different to do, this is it!
Written October 7, 2019
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Thank you! We're so pleased you enjoyed your truffle hunt and tasting with us.. we want nothing more than that each guest gets to leave with great memories.
Written November 6, 2019
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Karen A
2 contributions
Truffle Hunt
Sep 2019
Amazing time hunting truffles with a great guide. We had so much fun and learned so much. Enjoyed wine and truffles after and learned so much and had so much fun. Highly recommend this
and the dogs are so precious.
Written September 27, 2019
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Thank you! We're so pleased to know you enjoyed this experience. Best regards from all the team..dogs included!
Written October 7, 2019
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