Truffle hunting experience with cooking class at Rita’s farm

Availability:Mondays , Tuesdays , Wednesdays , Thursdays , Fridays , Saturdays
Duration:5 hours



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SO MANY EMOTIONS IN ONE DAY
Would you like to learn how to cook with truffles and make your own truffle-based lunch? If yes, then this is the tour for you! We will arrange a truffle hunting tour followed by an interesting, cooking lesson for you so you can see how truffles are found and understand how they can be used in your cooking.

 

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The charming setting of Rita’s farm in Tuscany
The setting of our truffle hunting experience and cooking class is our Rita’s farm, a beautiful farm located in valdera area in the province of Pisa.
There you will see free running chickens, donkeys, and other farm animals around and you will enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the Tuscan hills with a great view of the town of Peccioli.
All cooking classes include a visit to the farm and also to a hidden gem, located just behind the farmhouse: a Minerva Temple of the XIX century, where you will hear stories of noble and aristocratic families, poets and soldiers, and also a story related to Frankenstein!

Rita’s farm is where you will find the cooking school “My Tuscan Kitchen”, an ideal place to cook traditional recipes and breathe fresh air in a familiar and bucolic atmosphere. And it’s highly recommended for families with young children.

The truffle world: a truffle hunting walk in the wood
At Rita’s farm you will meet your guide and the truffle hunter with his dog. Your guide will introduce you to the world of truffles and give you information about the hunting, the dog and about all the varieties of truffles that is possible to find in our area, from the summer black truffle to the precious white truffle in winter time. After that we will move the wood just behind the cooking school and we will join the hunter and his dog for a fun and educational truffle search. You will have the possibility to see the strict relationship between the hunter and his dog and eventually collect some fresh truffles from the soil!

A truffle-focused cooking class
After the hunting we will come back to our kitchen where we will meet a local cook. Together we will start preparing a full meal based on truffles.  You will have the possibility to learn all secrets of the Tuscan cuisine in a relaxing and quite atmosphere. We will use both fresh truffles and truffle based products. It will be a fun and educational activity!

Finally, a delicious truffle-based lunch or dinner will be served, with matching wines from the farm.

 

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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.

Arianna

guide

Luca

guide

Moira

guide

Massimo

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

TRUFFLE EXPERIENCE WITH TRUFFLE HUNTING WALK,
COOKING CLASS AND FULL LUNCH
from january to august (black truffle OR MARZOLINO season)

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NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN YOUR PARTY

TOTAL RATE

2 persons € 760
3 persons € 850
4 persons € 940
5 persons € 1030
6 persons € 1120
7 persons € 1210
8 persons € 1300
Extra Adult € 90
Extra Teenager (12-17 yrs) € 70
Extra Child (4-11 yrs) € 50

 

 TRUFFLE EXPERIENCE WITH TRUFFLE HUNTING WALK,
COOKING CLASS AND FULL LUNCH
FROM  OCTOBER To 30th DECEMbER (WHITE TRUFFLE SEASON)

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NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN YOUR PARTY

TOTAL RATE

2 persons € 860
3 persons € 1010
4 persons € 1160
5 persons € 1310
6 persons € 1460
7 persons € 1610
8 persons € 1760
Extra Adult € 150
Extra Teenager (12-17 yrs) € 100
Extra Child (4-11 yrs) € 70

Rates include

  • A walk in the woods with the hunter and his dog
  • A private cooking class with the preparation of truffle dishes
  • A private English speaking tour leader for the whole tour. Also available in French, German, Spanish and Russian
  • A complete lunch or dinner with unlimited wines from the farm
  • Personal aprons as souvenirs
  • 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 message of Sheri, who took a few cooking experiences with us and much enjoyed our private truffle hunting tour with truffle focuses cooking class in October 2019:

Hi everyone,

Arianna just wanted to let you know we have arrived safely back to the United States, missing Italy already!
I just wanted to say thank you for the fabulous time we had on your tours that we took with you. The truffle hunt with pasta making class-along with the pizza making class where our favorites❣️ It was a pleasure meeting everyone.
I have a request – please send me the information on the farm we did the truffle hunt and pasta making class, Chelsea lost their card, and I wanted to order some wine, oil, and some other things from them. Thank you Also, if you would not mind sharing the tiramisu recipe- I would appreciate it!
I am planning on coming back next year for about three months, and I’m looking forward to some more classes/tours with you guys.
Again thank you for everything❣️❣️❣️

Much love and many blessings,

Sheri

Here the nice words of Liz and Charlie who booked a private tour with cooking class with focus on truffles as well as a private cooking lesson:

Dear Arianna & Friends,

We were in Italy & used your services at the end of May. You have a wonderful company with even more wonderful people. Luca was our guide for truffle hunting & cooking with Maria — an unforgettable experience! Veronica was our guide/ chef for a Tuscan Cooking class on 5/25/17. We had a most excellent time & have many wonderful memories — we told the other guests that we met back at the Hilton Borgo alle Vigne. We would like the recipes used during our cooking class with Veronica on 5/25/17, if possible. The menu included: Brochette Tricolore, Risotto porri e salsiccia, and Tiramisu traditional. Could you please send them to us? We are busy using our proper olive oil, truffle oil, & the mezza luna we returned with courtesy of Veronica & the truffle hunter, but we would love to have the recipes.

Thank You,

Liz & Charlie

P.S. We cannot wait to come back=

Here the pictures send to us by Tuanhai after one day truffle hunting and cooking with us. He took our tour as a special family shore excursion as his cruise ship was stopping in Livorno:

Here are some pictures.  Please send to Alex and Arianna.  If you want larger files let me know.

Searching for truffles along pathway in truffle wood

Arianna, Alessio, the truffle dog and our guests in line along the pathway in search of truffles

This is an email we received from Chuck, spending a week in our Alessio farm and doing a cooking class and a truffle hunting tour with Massimo:

Massimo:
Great to hear from you, we meant to write back earlier but got caught up with work and 2 days turned into 2 weeks before we knew it. We wanted to thanks you for a great time, and hope to see you when you come up this way, or next year if we get back to Tuscany. Thanks much for the pictures from the cooking class, it really helped our pasta skills.
Lucca was very nice, but we did have the worst Pizza in Italy there, however the town was really nice, and no problems parking outside the walls. Your plan for Florence was perfect, we had no problems using the train, and it let up out right near everything we wanted to see. We didn’t know that you had to stamp your ticket before you get in the train, but the conductor who checked our ticket was very nice and did not give us a fine.
I have included some pictures from the Truffle hunt, not the best but a good memory. Our visit to San Gimigano was also very nice, we bought an entire Pizza and had a picnic after walking through the town for several hours.

Again, thanks much for making our visit to Tuscany very enjoyable and we hope to see you again, either in Tuscany or here in Germany.

Chuck

 

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LOCATION OF ATTRACTIONS:
This tour takes place in the woodland in the municipality of Peccioli, in the area of the Pisan Hills, near Volterra and San Gimignano.

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

DURATION:
This program takes 5 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 language. German, French, Spanish, Russian or Italian are also available 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 vespa in the medieval village of Peccioli
Chauffeured vans and sedans and luxury buses in Tuscany
A cinquecento in front of San Gimignano
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