Truffle Hunting in Tuscany—A Foodie's Dream Come True

 Il Salviatino is a hand-restored 15th century villa on the hillside of Fiesole, Italy (c)  Il Salviatino

Il Salviatino is a hand-restored 15th century villa on the hillside of Fiesole, Italy (c) Il Salviatino

Il Salviatino's new hands-on truffle excursion introduces guests to the world of Tuscan cuisin

Golden rolling hills, the sun peeking through the trees, the smell of earth beneath your feet, a pig guiding you to the “diamond of the kitchen.” Truffle hunting in Tuscany is every foodie’s dream come true, and boutique hotel Il Salviatino in Florence is inviting gourmets and gourmands alike to live out their most indulgent food fantasies.

Il Salviatino's new hands-on truffle excursion introduces guests to the world of Tuscan cuisine and the secrets of truffle hunters. During the 4 ½-hour tour, a licensed truffle hunter will teach guests about the origin of truffles in Tuscany, variety classification and the do's and don'ts of hunting before embarking on a truffle hunt with either a dog or pig leading the way. After successfully unearthing a few Italian truffles with the group, the guide will demonstrate cleaning and maintenance techniques as well as prepare an unforgettable lunch with the day’s bounty.

The excursion can be booked individually or as part of the new three-night Florentine Food for Thought package, which includes accommodations in a restored 15th century villa, daily breakfast, dinner by resident chef Carmine Caló and his team, a private three-hour guided walking tour of Florence’s street food scene and a traditional three-course Tuscan dinner at Il Cibreo restaurant. The package begins at $2,227 and includes bragging rights...for life.