Piedmont
Destination
3 hours
Duration
Ita-Eng+
Language
2+
People

La cerca: the true white truffle hunting

The white truffle hunting – “la Cerca” -, according to tradition, takes place early in the morning or late at night.

This type of hunting is recommended to those who regularly practice sports and, in particular, to those who love walking, being in contact with nature, but are not afraid of the dark.

The style of the true white truffle hunting – “la Cerca” – is that of a walk on mountain paths, alternating uphill and downhill stretches, crossing small flat areas.

For 1 person or groups of 3-4 people, ask for a customized experience.


The Food Expert: our common project is the result of a casual meeting between a truffle hunter and a naturalist on the beautiful hills of the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato, UNESCO World Heritage Site. In our renewed vision, the “Trifulau” (truffle hunter in Piedmontese language) is an ecologist who respects the woods and the rules of research; on the other hand, the naturalist can make his tangible contribution to the maintenance of biodiversity and natural environments, which are increasingly threatened by human activities.

Where Alba, Cuneo – 60 min from Turin, 2 hours from Milan
When From September to December – duration 3 hours
Start time 6 a.m.

7 p.m.

Flexible start time by agreement with the Expert

Language Italian, English and French
Some tips We suggest that you wear, for “la Cerca”, climbing boots, heavy and resistant trousers, fleece jacket, a cagoule or other waterproof jacket, always of a dark colour and without reflective stripes, gloves and a cap.

We suggest that you also have a small rucksack with water and a snack. Bring a torch and a stick. Finally, we recommend that you have got spare clothes.

Groups larger than 4 people are not accepted for logistical and organisational reasons.

What’s included
Walk on the hills of the Langhe
White truffle hunting – “la Cerca
What’s not included
Transport

Price per person: € 80,00

Cancellation policy: all bookings can be cancelled within 3 days from the start date of the experience. Read the Terms and Conditions.

What to remember: the Expert will respond within 24 hours. No amount will be charged to the card.

Our common project is the result of a casual meeting between a truffle hunter and a naturalist on the beautiful hills of the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato, UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Our talk takes place on a Sunday in the spring of 2015 in one of the rare woods still present in the lower Langa: the truffle hunter was with his two dogs to check the condition of the woods after the long winter, while the naturalist was there to identify some plants and analyse the soil to recreate a truffle bed.

We immediately discover to share ideas and thoughts on truffle, especially on how to protect and enhance it. In our renewed vision, which we like to define as “truffle era 2.0”, the “Trifulau” (truffle hunter in Piedmontese language) is an ecologist who respects the woods and the rules of research; on the other hand, the naturalist can make his tangible contribution to the maintenance of biodiversity and natural environments, which are increasingly threatened by human activities.

We have been carrying out new projects to understand truffle, its culture and tradition: teaching, recovering old truffle beds and growing new truffle-generating plants.

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