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Tuscan Treasures at Il Borgo di Petroio with Tom Aikens

Jan 31, 2017 Written by: Becky Pomfret for fabric
Il Borgo di Petrorio

A weekend hunting and tasting truffles at Il Borgo di Petroio, with catering courtesy of Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens, is the ultimate foodie experience.

Tuscan Treasures

Striding through the grounds  of a stunning estate in Tuscany, hunting for truffles, is not the average way to spend a Friday morning; but aftera short flight  to Pisa, that’s exactly where we recently found ourselves. Not that we had to do any hard work ourselves – that was

left to our knowledgeable expert and his lovely dog who soon found some treasures under the trees.This is the way to explore Tuscany at its autumnal, seasonal best, and was followed by a mouth­ watering four-course truffle  menu at the restaurant Locanda di Camugliano  on the same estate. This set the scene for our weekend away; visits to historic castles and vineyards and meeting ‘celebrity butcher’ Dario Cecchini in Chianti before eating at his restaurant Solo Ciccia – course after course of beef cooked in every way imaginable,  all washed down by local wines.


We stayed in the beautifully restored farmhouse, Borgo Di Petroio,and were lucky enough to have the Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens cook us a private dinner. Tuscany Now & More organised all our experiences and excursions; these can be included  in any property in their portfolio so you can feel totally immersed  in the culture and the landscape, even if it is just for a weekend. Leave room in your case for truffle oil and wine, though, so you can take Tuscany home with you, as you won’t want to leave any of it behind.


Seven nights in Bargo Di Petroio start from £5,074 per week based on 14 people sharing on a self catering basis. Tuscany Now & More features a range of properties across the region and Italy and can provide private chefs, excursions and other services upon  request. {020 7684 8884; tuscanynowandmore.com)