Truffle hunting and olive oil tour with lunch & tastings

Availability: Mondays , Tuesdays , Wednesdays , Thursdays , Fridays , Saturdays
Duration: 7 hours

A DAY YOUR PALATE WILL REMEMBER FOREVER

For people visiting Tuscany one of the most interesting activities is visiting local producers of exquisite specialties. There is an incredible density of food producers of all sorts and meeting them or seeing how they work is an unforgettable experience.  Arianna & Friends organizes full-day truffle hunting tours followed by a lunch of truffle products along with a guided visit to a local oil press.

 

A truffle hunting wood & a truffle-based lunch
Our guide meets you in the morning and accompanies you to the premises of a local truffle hunter. Together with the hunter, his dog and the guide you walk into the surrounding woods, in the charming area of the Pisan hills, for a truffle hunting session of 1.5 hours. After the walk in the woods, you get back to the hunter’s place and sit in a relaxing locaton where a delicious lunch based on truffle products and fresh truffles are served: you will taste truffle oil, truffle sauces and very original truffle-based products served with eggs and other great pairings like cold meats and cheeses.


A traditional olive oil mill
In the afternoon, you drive shortly and reach a lovely oil press in the middle of a very scenic countryside. At first you will get a detailled introduction to the world of extra virgin olive oil, the techniques of olive collection, the kinds of trees available in Tuscany and the “mentality” of the local olive farmers. Then you enter the mill and see the whole machinery. The tour leader helps you discover all the phases of the olive pressing process and the secrets for a good extra virgin olive oil. After the visit, you sit at a table and the tour guide together with an operator from the mill serve you different types of extra virgin olive oil along with some delicacies of local production. This is a great occasion for you to learn how to taste exquisite olive oil and to understand the differences between a traditional local production and a massive industrial production.
From late October to ealy December it is possible to see the squeezing process at the mill.

Please, note that during the white truffle season, because of the high cost of white truffle, a surcharge applies. See rates below.

This is a list of specialties that you are likely to sample as part of the program of this tour. Please, note that the specialties of the tasting session and/or lunch may vary according to the season and the availability of the products in the day of the tour.

In our tour we like showing you places off the beaten track and introducing you to Tuscan people with their personal stories, careers and characters.
You will have one of our guides with your party during the whole tour. Please, see below all the guides who can be with you.
During this experience you can also meet some of the Tuscan friends involved in the events. Please, see below which friends you are likely to encounter.

Luca

guide

Massimo

guide

Arianna

guide

Luca

friend

Giotto

friend

Gianni

friend

Anna Maria

friend

Alessio

friend
Rates
Rates Table

The total rate for this activity varies according to the number of people in your party.
Check rates in the table below.

Truffle hunting and olive oil tour with lunch & tastings

– RATES 2017 –

Number of people in your party Total rate
January through August
with Scorzone, Nero Pregiato or Marzolino truffles
Total rate
September through December
with White Truffle
 2 persons  € 420  € 470
 3 persons  € 500  € 565
 4 persons  € 580  € 660
 5 persons  € 660  € 775
 6 persons  € 740  € 850
 7 persons  € 820  € 935
 8 persons  € 900  € 1030
 Extra person  € 80  € 95
 Child (4-11 yrs)  € 60  € 75

 

Rates include

  • A tour leader for the whole tour
  • A visit to the truffle shop
  • A walk in the wood with truffle searcher and dog
  • A lunch based on truffle products
  • A visit to an oil press
  • Tasting of extra virgin olive oil & salami with snacks
  • Tax

Rates do NOT include

  • Transportation

Transportation is not included in the rates above. For more info on transportation, please see the box “Transportation options”.

Here the pictures of a guest who took one of our truffle hunting tour near Volterra:

Pictures from today!

Smelling a truffle just found

Happyness after finding a white truffles in the hills of Volterra

Daniele the truffle hunter and his dog Argo

A professional truffle hunter off to a truffle hunting

Big round black truffle found during our tour

Smile after finding a beautiful and tasty Scorzone black truffle

The crop of a truffle hunting session

Going truffle hunting in September in Volterra allows us to find both black and white truffles

 

This is a message we received from a chef who joined us for a private truffle hunting tour with the aim of learning in depth all traditions and habits the Tuscans developed on truffles

Dear Arianna,

I hope this finds you well. First of all, I would like to thank you for all your kindness and professionalism during our visit to the truffle hunting site. We really enjoyed getting to know this interesting and ancient process, as well the guide’s anecdotes and sense of humor.

I’d like to take this opportunity to give you my best wishes for this upcoming festive season.

Once again, thanks!

Sincerely,

Chef David

This is an email we received from Libby and her husband who spent two days with us, including our truffle hunting tour:

We spent two days with Massimo touring a cheese factory, an olive mill and the greatest adventure of all — truffle hunting with a man and his dog. All three experiences were some of the best I’ve had in Italy mainly because Massimo tailors the tours to your individual needs and expectations. He is extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to be with. He explained in detail the processes used in each industry as well as the history of the region. I learned more about truffles and olive oil than I ever knew in the twelve years I’ve been coming to Italy. I highly recommend Massimo, as well as the company Arianna & Friends, for a very special adventure tour in Italy.

LOCATION OF ATTRACTIONS:
This tour takes place in the woodland in the municipality of Palaia, among Pisa, San Gimignano and Volterra and at an oil mill near Terricciola.

MEET-UP LOCATION:
Unless differently specified, the tour guide meets you at a meeting point near Peccioli.

DURATION:
This program takes 7 hours. Time for transportation not included.

AVAILABILITY:
Available all year through. In the black truffle season availability from Mondays through Saturdays. In the white truffle season availability from Mondays through Fridays.

LANGUAGE:
This tour is available in English, German, French, Spanish, Russian or Italian with no surcharge.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL:
Medium

CHILD FRIENDLY:
Ideal for children

CLOTHING:
Comfortable shoes and clothes recommended.

FOOD RESTRICTIONS:
The foods served during this tour might contain gluten, lactose, nuts and alcohol. If you have any food restriction, please inform our personnel during the enquiry process.

TRANSPORTATION:
This program and its rates do not include transportation and are set on a self-driving base. For further information see the box "transportation options".

The destinations reached during this activity are in the Tuscan countryside, in areas off the beaten track that cannot be reached by public transport. We highly recommend renting a car or a scooter in order to reach them. As an alternative, we can offer a valued service by chauffeured car, van or minibus. Any cost of transportation is to be added to the rates displayed on the rate table of this page.

A cinquecento in front of San Gimignano
Luxury Mercedes Vito with driver
A vespa in the medieval village of Peccioli