Meet Massimo, the truffle hunter of San Miniato, Tuscany. Massimo is a third generation truffle hunter/tartufaio and started hunting for truffles as a child after school with his father. Both his father and grandfather gave him the love for nature and the intense passion toward the ‘diamond of the land’ – the White Truffle (Tuber Magnatum Pica). This variety is sought after and coveted by gourmands from around the world. It is the variety that is in season during autumn in Tuscany. It was Massimo’s father and grandfather that told him legends, stories and anecdotes as a boy about the truffle and the truffle hunters.
Massimo and his dog (and perhaps a family member) will share their passion and love of the hunt on our Florence & Chianti in Tuscany tour, September 6-17, 2017.
We’ll spend the morning on a truffle hunt in the woods outside San Miniato. We’ll learn about the history of the truffle, the varieties, the biggest truffle ever found and some of those stories and legends.
After the hunt, we’ll partake in a hands-on cooking class and make classic truffle dishes.
Get prepared to hunt, learn, cook and experience a day all about Tuscan truffles from a true local!
Later, we’ll wander the streets of the beautiful medieval town of San Miniato. This town carries a rich history and setting above a fertile valley outside Florence.