Tuscany, hills of San Miniato, here in a mostly shady and humid ground of mixed woods of oak, linden and poplar, hides this pure 'diamond'. This is the perfect location to enhance its smell and taste. You will meet a local truffle hunter with a passionate love for nature and his dog friend that follows him everywhere. You will learn from him to recognise, value and appreciate the truffle. Its research is an art and picking it up is a delicacy. You will then learn to taste and distinguish a real “good truffle”. You will try the sublime taste of plates of rare excellence, that come from tradition and gastronomic artistic creativity.
Tuscany and the almighty truffle, tasting Chianti and Brunello wines
You will stay in an exclusive Resort Spa, just outside Florence, in the Tuscan country side, with exposed beams, wrought iron beds and tiled floors. A magical place, where, in the Country Resort, there is the beautiful Renaissance villa " La Casa", where in the ' 500 was born and lived Giovanni della Casa, author of "Galateo" . The alternative for the stay will be another great and unique house of hospitality in Tuscan style. A charming house where the Countess will welcome you in luxury and exclusive style, in her private historical home.
After a welcome drink in the hotel, we suggest a visit to a nearby winery for a tasting of Tuscan wines, paired with cheeses and cured meats from the area. In the evening, dinner "a la carte" in a suggested restaurant and overnight.
Early in the morning, meeting with the truffle hunter and his dog and excursion to hunt truffles . You will hear the autumn leaves under your feet and smell moss and soil. It's all quiet and silent but you could hear stories, novels and old traditions along the same path where the biggest “gem” of history was found in 1954, weighting 2.520 gr. You, your truffle hunter and his loyal dog will be wandering until the magic moment happens, announced by the trepidation of a run, two legs digging, a nose sniffing. You will assist to the discovery of the treasure! It will be a real emotion: the soil giving birth. It's magic finding something that only the ground can offer, a dream that can be transformed into essence in the kitchen. A precious, pure and sensational elixir.
After experiencing the hunt of the truffle and an attentive analysis on how to distinguish its distinctive features, characteristics, potentials and culinary peculiarities, you will move on to a guided tasting, that will get you to develop a sensorial awareness. You can choose between sharing the experience of tasting an authentic traditional homemade meal or trying unique recipes created by a renowned chef. Main feature is the taste and smell of this fruit of the earth. A culinary experience and a piece of art in the kitchen.
In the afternoon, guided tour in one of the lovely nearby towns, with exclusive transfer and guide. you will choose Pisa, the city of the leaning tower, or Lucca with its wonderful amphitheater Square, or the medieval town of San Gimignano, a small medieval village perched on the hill, a popular destination for tourists from around the world.
Aperitif and dinner and return to the hotel for overnight.
* Guests can opt in alternative , in a cooking class on the specific theme of the truffle and / or traditional Tuscan cuisine.
In the morning, with exclusive car and guide, departure to Siena for a stop in the most famous "caffè" of the town, with its wonderful Riciarelli and Panforte. The tour continues in the lands of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Your expert sommelier will take you on a scenic tour passing by the green hills of the "Black Rooster" (Gallo Nero), to the neat rows facing the medieval walls of Montalcino. You will learn, while visiting various wineries, to compare the taste, the color, the aroma and the techniques of production of these two wines very different from each other, cornerstones, both of them, of Italian wine tradition. You will end in Montalcino, where the most demanding will find the unique opportunity of an exclusive dinner in a popular downtown restaurant that we propose, or you can opt for an alternative menu vegetarian or vegan, made of genuine products of the local land. Return to hotel and overnight.
** The wine tour includes tasting at three renowned local wineries, with tasting of nr. 3 wines.
Price per person:
- from € 1290.00 (4 to 7 people)
- from € 1640.00 ( 2-3 people)
Individual rates with stay in double room.