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Truffle hunting near Villa Cignano

Oct 03, 2016 food travel
Villa Cignano

Harvest for the world

The prized white truffle, found from September to December, can command eye-watering prices – a Macau businessman once paid £165,000 for 1.5kg of the fungus. Therefore it’s no surprise that the closely guarded locations of truffle hot spots are handed 

down from father to child. Lagotto dogs are specially bred to sniff out this primed fruit of underground mushrooms that grow among the roots of trees such as oak, hornbeam and birch. 

You’ll spend the morning teaming the from a hunter and his dog in south Siena, a stone’s throw from Pisa, before enjoying a 10-minute walk in breath-taking woodland, learning the art of collecting truffles (with the help of an English-speaking assistant) and devouring a delectable truffle-based lunch. Stay in two-bedroom Villa Cignano, a stone farmhouse in Chianti with high-beamed ceilings and original terracotta floors.

‘Lagotto Romagnolo’ the truffle hunting dog

The detail: Villa from £1385 per week; truffle hunting from £307 for two people. 020 7684 8888.

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