San Miniato Truffle Hunting

When most people think about going on holiday in Italy they think about art, food, music, weather and meeting locals, but hunting truffles doesn’t come to mind. If you love truffles, and are planning to visit Italy this year why not book a truffle hunting holiday in San Miniato? It is a quaint little town that is located between Florence and Pisa which is most famous as a source of white truffles, the most exclusive kind there is.
The best time to visit San Miniato is in the fall. White truffles are most abundant at this time which means that your truffle hunt will be a productive one. This is not to say that you will find the truffles everywhere – truffles are rare and thus the use of the word “hunt” but if you know what to look for your efforts will definitely be rewarded. Truffles grow on the roots of certain trees – they are symbiotic – and the best time to find them is about two weeks after a shower. You will find them in areas where there is no vegetation on the ground as they emit compounds that prevent other plants from growing nearby.
Although truffles have a strong earthy smell it is not possible for people to smell them when they are in the ground. In the past pigs were used to hunt them but over time locals found a better way since the pigs sometimes ate what they found. Today your guide on the truffle hunt will have a dog that is trained to hunt truffles.
If you visit San Miniato in the fall you can also attend the Mostra Mercato Nazionale del tartufo bianco delle Colline Sanminiatesi, or White Truffle Showcase. You can book your trip through Sapori Saperi – one of the best truffle hunting tour groups in the area. Find out how on their website, http://www.sapori-e-saperi.com/.