Tuscan Truffle Hunt
Average Rating:   4.9
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   Based on 100 Ratings.

On 2017/07/18
Kathy said:

We were touring with our 17-year-old grandson. The "Off the Beaten Path" tour with Shannon was the best we had I Italy and his favorite too. To see things that are not crowded with other tourists and so unique was a nice change from the "usual." Other tours with Artiva were excellent as well with very knowledgeable guides who seemed to be able to answer every question, even from a teenager who was anxious to know "everything." Thank you, Shannon and Artiva

On 2017/07/14
Joe Fisher said:

Thank You, Elisabetta!

We enjoyed our wonderful day with you in Firenze. Thank you for your knowledge, humor, guidance, and keeping us in the shade! Your love of Firenze is obvious. The five Elizabeths, and the rest of us thoroughly enjoyed this unique experience and would recommend it to anyone!

On 2017/07/08
Jennifer said:

Made Florence and Venice come alive!

My Zicasso travel agent booked tours through ArtViva for myself and my husband. We were so pleased she did! In Venice Leticia took us on the water by gondola and speed boat; this is the way to see Venice! Then Tatiana took us through St. Mark's and Doge's Palace, helping us understand the symbolism, art, and history of these places. In Florence, Rodrigo led us to better understand the David and spent time going into our questions with thoughtfulness. A 3 hour walking tour with Kate opened our eyes to what was in plain sight! We would not have understood Florence without her! Finally, the piece de resistance was Klaas and the tour of the Ufizzi Gallery. His storytelling and excitement was effervescent! We adding his tour because of the pleasure we had on the other booked tours, and I'm so glad that Klaas was our last ArtViva tour - what a beautiful ending to being in Florence! Thank you, ArtViva, for making these two cities come alive. I was so pleased with your guides, professional office staff, and joy!

On 2017/07/03
Stan Capper said:

Great Tour

What a great tour! We were lucky to have Catherine (Cate) as our tour guide. She has such passion for the art and has such a breadth of knowledge that she expertly and clearly imparts from start to finish. I heard her and another guide remarking to each other about never having seen the museum so crowded, but she would not let the crowds keep her from putting us right in front of all the works she wanted to show us. The information she provided illuminated each piece to a stunning degree. It was perhaps the best tour of an art museum we've ever experienced. I highly recommend this tour, especially if you're lucky enough to have Catherine as your guide. I felt bad for her because the heat and crowds put us behind at the start, but she kept her poise and remained calm and got us through a remarkable tour.

On 2017/06/08
Eddie Wong said:

Ishmael is Excellent

Ishmael led us on a fascinating food tour in and around the famed Mercado in Florence. After sampling tasty pizza dough poppers and lattes, we ventured into the indoor central market (mercado) and met several family owned businesses that sold olive oil, cheese, and other goodies. I'm not a huge foodie but enjoyed the food and learning about the process of aging olive oil and balsamic vinegar. We also had a full lunch at a local restaurant with delicious pasta and oxtail. I can't say enough superlatives about Ishmael. He is knowledgeable, personable and attentive. I would love to invite him over for dinner in San Francisco so that we can continue our conversations about food, music and art. There's so much more than food on a tour with Ishmael. Peace and blessing on to you. Ciao, Florence. We will return.

On 2017/06/04
Marita said:

Artviva guides set a high standard

I booked Artviva's Original Florence Walk for 5 people and the Uffizi and David tours for three people. Our Artviva guides lived up to their reputation for being extremely knowledgeable about the city and its many wonders and their ability to transmit it all in flawless English was amazing. We really could not have wished for more. It was also great to spread this tour package over three days -- more time to take in all the interesting stories that we were offered. Special thanks to Barbara and Brenda for sharing their passion.

On 2017/05/24
Kathy Harris said:

Florence walking tour

During a recent visit to Florence I was on a small group walking tour called "Sites and Statues" with tour guide Brenda. It was a delight spending the time with Brenda as she shared her stories and her knowledge of her beloved Florence. Thanks ArtViva for sharing Brenda with us!

On 2017/05/02
John Aldeborgh said:

Just A Fantastic Tour

We took the tour of the Uffizi Gallery on April 22nd with Loredana as our guide. Just an outstanding way to see the museum as you get the opportunity to merge the art with the history of Florence and the Medici family history. If you love art history and the renaissance then Florence and the Uffizi have to be on your bucket list. Loredana is an outstanding guide, she is very personable and a walking encyclopedia of knowledge on both the art in the gallery as well as history of Florence and the renaissance. A great way to spend an afternoon.

On 2017/04/02
Kathleen O Pierce said:

We were a group of 6 that had taken 4 tours in Florence and loved all of them. This tour in Rome was significantly different. This tour is not for the faint of heart. It is crowded and loud and tiring. I would never do it again even though our tour guide, Rosie, was great.

On 2017/04/02
Kathleen O Pierce said:

Elisabetta gave us the two hour tour at the Uffizi Gallery. She was an EXCELLENT tour guide. We had a group of 6 and she held all of our attention. I would highly recommend this tour and this tour guide.

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If you've never seen, smelled, or tasted a real truffle, you're in for a unique treat! This exclusive experience includes private transportation from the Florence city center, and can be arranged to meet you at your central Florence location on request.

Edible truffles are among the world’s most prized, in-demand ingredients. For millennia, their mysterious growth processes have eluded those who dream of successfully cultivating them, and it is only relatively recently that attempts by agricultural producers have yielded some results in cultivation. Today, the ancient methods relied on for finding truffles are still practiced in parts of France and Italy—expert truffle hunters, partnered with their indispensable truffle hunting dog, seek out the precious tubers with skill, patience, and knowledge of the land. 

Our Tuscan truffle experience is perfect for food and nature lovers who wish to understand the mysterious and marvelous world of Tuscan truffles. In the company of an expert, fully licensed truffle hunter, you will learn about the history and origins of Tuscan truffles, their uses, different characteristics, and the natural conditions and other factors that affect growth and quality. As no hunter could carry out his work without the aid of man’s best friend, this activity also includes learning about the important role of trained truffle-sniffing dogs. After a wonderful time exploring the woodland, enjoy a light meal and glass of red wine.

Highlights of the Tuscan Truffle Hunt:

  • Learn about the truffle's fascinating symbiotic growth process, their various classifications, history, uses, and seasonality.
  • Go on the walk through the lovely Tuscan woods, led by an expert truffle hunter
  • Learn about the truffle hunting way of life
  • Discover the relationship between a truffle hunter and his dog, and see some dog training techniques
  • Enjoy a rustic light truffle-themed lunch in the countryside
  • Possibility to purchase found truffles at the current market rate**

The finer details of the Tuscan Truffle Walk:

Meeting time: 8:30am, every day except Fridays and Saturdays, from June 1 through April 30. 

Meeting point: The ArtViva office at Via de' Sassetti, 1 (2nd floor) - see map for details.

Length: approximately 4 hours

Minimum participants required to confirm: 1-2 people 

Maximum participants: 6 people* 

Transport: Private transportation will be arranged, including a return to central Florence. For other locations, contact us for an additional quote.

Weather: The tour itinerary may be altered or the tour cancelled in cases of wet weather. Please contact us for more information about alternative options. 

Please note: Your host will meet you at 9:00am at a designated spot to begin your experience. After a brief introduction, he will lead you into the woods for the first two hours of the activity, concluding with a light lunch (about an hour) prepared in the truffle hunter's house or garden. The lunch will include focaccia, Tuscan bread with truffle oil, truffle shavings, tomato bruschetta, salad, pecorino cheese, gelato with truffle honey, and red wine to accompany the meal. *Not suitable for children 2 years old and under.

**Truffles found while on the hunt are not included in the cost of the activity. You may have the chance to purchase found truffles at the current market rate. 

Watch a video here of the Tuscan Truffle Walk!



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