Truffle & Chianti small-group tour in a nutshell
This is a wine and food experience to discover the fascinating world of truffle. Tuscany produces five different species of truffles so every month of the year we can hunt truffles. This truffle tour provides an exclusive opportunity to go hunting for this flavorsome tuber in the footsteps of professional truffle hunters and their specially trained dogs of the super cute, highly skilled Lagotto Romagnolo breed.
The woods around San Miniato yield about 80% of the total production of the prized White Truffle variety.
After your truffle-hunting session, we will transfer to a typical winery to taste their Chianti Classico DOCG, Chianti Classico Riserva, and Super Tuscan red wines.
Gourmets, dog lovers, open-air enthusiasts and anyone looking for a truly memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experience will love this exclusive tour.
Truffle hunting is the gourmet equivalent of gold hunting! the experience begins with a stroll in the nearby forest with Francesca and her dog Cioco. You will have the chance to watch how a hound detects truffle. After the hunt, we will back to the beautiful Francesca's Villa for a special 3-course lunch with the truffle found. Do not worry Francesca knows her stuff so we will find some prized truffle nuggets. In any case, your efforts will be rewarded with a delicious lunch with truffle-based appetizers and truffle-flavored tagliolini or gnocchi.
This tour is offered year-round, daily except Sundays. However space is limited, so book well in advance to secure your desired dates! The tour is confirmed when minimum 2 participants join in.
“This tour is a must if you visit Florence. A once in a lifetime experience. The tour began when we met Hilary who instantly made us feel comfortable. Her warm personality, sense of humor, and friendly nature is matched by her unbelievable knowledge of wine, food, and the country in general. Francesca and Choco the dog were able to find several truffles on the truffle walk. Incredibly exciting. All the ladies back at the villa put together an incredible meal. Made you feel right at home. Ended the tour with Hilary at the winery where she continued to share her expertise about wine. You leave the experience truly feeling like you are now an expert.”
We booked this excursion as we wanted to learn more about truffles and also experience an organic winery locally while in Florence. This trip was absolutely amazing! Small group, guides are so knowledgeable and helpful and Choco is so sweet and VERY good at finding truffles. We had an excellent day finding a handful of truffles in an hour. We then had a fabulous home made lunch in the owner's 16th century villa. Loved learning about the family history and all their businesses. We then had a private tour of an organic winery which was equally great. Our guide walked us thru some simple steps of tasting a Chianti and also because I am more of a white wine and rose drinker had us try one of their chardonnay's. Needless to say we had two cases of wine shipped home LOL THANK YOU!!
We did the truffle hunting & wine tasting tour, and we were lucky enough to have Hillary Grass as our guide. She was soo AMAZING!! we had such a great time with her... she was very very informative, even giving us "secret recipes" to ask for at the Gelato shops! We couldn't be more happy with our day and highly recommend that you ask for Hillary!!! We took your advice and had the steak at Perseus and the amazing gelato as well! you are amazing. Thank you for everything!