If during your trip to Spoleto you are planning to enjoy a dinner based on the famous truffle from Umbria, why not try the truffle hunting experience directly? booking the Spoleto Truffle hunting Experience you will know how to look for truffles, where and when they can be found. Every species of truffle has a seasonality, so depending on the season you are in Spoleto you can find black and white truffles.
In this city, a UNESCO world heritage site (here), you can experience the thrill of finding and extracting truffles from the ground, just like the Trifolai do, during each hunting season. Thanks to the presence of the trained dog, you can easily find out where you can dig.
The departure of the experience outside will begin in a forest near Spoleto.
The truffle hunting time can be customized.
About 30km from Terni, located south of the Valle Umbra, Spoleto is the enchanting city in the province of Perugia where you can spend a relaxing day between art and nature, thanks to its rich historical and artistic heritage, legacy of different historical periods that Spoleto experienced, still today overlooking the Roman road called Flaminia. Furthermore, Spoleto, with its characteristic medieval streets and buildings, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Spoleto is situated in a natural setting that offers many opportunities for nature lovers and outdoor life lovers. The famous Monteluco promenade will allow you to spend pleasant moments of relaxation immersed in the green of the holm oak forest. Between one visit and another, do not miss a refreshing break, perhaps in a local restaurant where you can taste the typical dishes of the Umbrian tradition such as the strangozzi alla spoletina, the omelette with truffles and the hearty and tasty desserts like the crescionda, a typical dessert of carnival and the attached, tasty puff pastry with apples.
Initially you will know your guide, the Trifolai who will accompany you during the outdoor experience, giving you a lot of indulgence on truffles.
After getting to know the dog, you will enter the Spoleto wood to start the truffle hunt. During the hunt you will notice how the fundamental figure of the hunt is the dog, because it will be him, thanks to his trained offense, to recognize the point where the truffle is found.
When the dog has sniffed the exact spot of the ground, you can dig, with your hands or with the special “vangino” to be able to extract the truffle from the ground. It is important to be very careful during the extraction in order to have a healthy truffle.
After two hours of truffle hunting, you can return to the starting point with lots of knowledge about truffles. at this point you can continue the tour of Spoleto and Umbria.
My husband and I have traveled extensively over the years and have never experienced such a fun and interesting experience. We spent two hours with the Trifolaio and his dog who, together, explained and demonstrated how to look for truffles.