Embark on an immersive journey into the captivating world of truffles in Alba, an experience we like to call “TruffleTourism”. Born from a multitude of requests from our valued clients, this tour is designed to demystify the enigmatic Alba White truffles, uncovering their secrets and revealing where they grow and how to unearth them in the enchanting woods of Langhe and Monferrato.
In the heartland of truffles, you’ll be led by seasoned truffle hunters, equipped with a wealth of knowledge, experience, and their keen-nosed dogs. As you wander through the picturesque landscapes of the Langhe area, you’ll be engrossed in a real-life demonstration of truffle hunting, witnessing first-hand the bond between man and dog in their shared pursuit of this precious fungus.
Through our Alba Truffle Hunting Tour, we aspire to share with you the allure of truffle hunting and to celebrate the profound connection between the people of Alba and the natural bounty of their region. It’s more than just a tour, it’s a ticket to a world reserved for true connoisseurs of gastronomy, an intimate exploration of the treasure trove that is Alba’s truffle heritage. This is your opportunity to get up close and personal with these exquisite culinary gems, digging deeper into their lore, and possibly, discovering a new passion along the way.
Are you looking for a wine tour from Turin or Milan? Do you need to pick up or drop off at the Asti train station (the closest to Alba)? We are offering you this kind of service.
The starting time is customizable. Usually tour starts at 09:30 Am
From the moment your Alba Truffle Hunting Experience begins, expect to be whisked away into a world where gastronomy meets adventure, in the enchanting backdrop of Piedmont’s pristine woodlands. Here’s a glimpse into what lies in store:
Expert Guidance: Truffle hunting is a skill passed down through generations, and you’ll be guided by experts who’ve honed their craft over many years. These truffle hunters, with their faithful canine companions, will share their vast knowledge about the Alba white truffle, explaining its unique characteristics and how to find them.
Immersive Experience: Don your rubber boots and venture into the woods, also known as “tartufaia”. This isn’t your typical walk in the park, it’s a journey of discovery through lush vineyards and hazelnut fields that culminates in the truffle-rich forests.
Hands-on Truffle Hunting: Follow the expert truffle dogs as they sniff and dig, leading you to the much-coveted Alba white truffle. This is a hands-on experience, so be prepared to get a little dirty!
Understanding Truffle Culture: Learn about the importance of truffles in the local culture, cuisine, and economy. You’ll gain insights into why the Alba white truffle is so revered and why it fetches such a high price in the global market.
Scenic Beauty: Set in one of Italy’s most picturesque regions, expect to be awestruck by the natural beauty of the Langhe area. From its rolling vineyards to the verdant woods, it’s a feast for the eyes.
Luxurious Comfort: Throughout your experience, you will be provided with all necessary amenities for comfort and convenience. From pick-up to drop-off and everything in between, we ensure you enjoy the truffle hunting experience in the most luxurious way possible.
Remember, every Alba Truffle Hunting tour is a unique adventure, influenced by the season, weather, and the truffle dogs’ keen sense of smell. It’s an authentic and unscripted exploration of one of Italy’s most cherished culinary traditions.
Truffle Experience is the best way to discover the fantastic culinary and enological offerings of the Piedmont area. If you like we can pick up and drop off with our private taxi service from Alba to Milan or Turin.
The truffle hunt is about 2 hours. In the beginning, we will explain to you something about Black and White Alba truffle. Then, passing Alba wine yards and hazelnut fields, we arrive at the truffle woods, called in Piedmont “tartufaia“. There we follow the dog and we will find some truffle. After this experience, you can really enjoy International Alba White Truffle Fair
Your truffle experience will start in the Alba wood. Here you will meet the “Trifolau” and his dog, who will accompany you during this outdoor activity.
Wearing the rubber boots that you will be given, if you wish, you can enter the woods to begin the search for the prized truffle. At this point the dog will sniff near the roots of the trees to find the point where the truffle hides.
With patience and attention you will wait for the dog to find the truffle. When you least expect it you will see the dog wagging its tail, sniffing eagerly and digging with its paws. At this point it’s up to you to dig with your hands to collect the truffle intact.
Find the first truffle you will continue the search that will last a couple of hours in total, to find the greatest number of truffles possible.
If you stay in Milan and want to go to Alba to participate in the Alba International Truffle Fair or for a truffle hunting experience but you don’t know how to reach Alba from Milan, you can ask our Alba Private Taxi Service.
You will have a private driver available to pick you up from your hotel in Milan and take you to Alba. You can also request how to reach Alba, from Milan by train. In fact you can take the train to Milan, get off at Asti or Alba and then rent a car with driver to take you to the woods for truffle hunting.
Reaching Alba from Milan is quite straightforward and can be achieved through several modes of transportation.
Driving is one of the most convenient ways to reach Alba from Milan. The journey typically takes around 2 hours via the A7 and A21/E70 motorways. This route offers beautiful scenic views of the Italian countryside.
If you do not have your own car, our Alba Private Taxi Service is at your disposal. A private driver can pick you up from your hotel in Milan and take you directly to Alba, offering a comfortable and hassle-free option.
Taking the train is another viable option. Regular train services run from Milano Centrale station to Alba. You may have to change trains at Asti or Turin. The journey takes approximately 2 to 3 hours. From the Asti or Alba train station, you can rent a car or hire a taxi to take you to the truffle hunting location.
Bus services are also available from Milan to Alba. Although the journey time is longer (about 3 to 4 hours), it can be a cost-effective option. Buses depart from Milan’s Lampugnano bus station and arrive at Alba’s Corso Italia.
No matter which option you choose, the journey from Milan to Alba promises picturesque views of Northern Italy’s charming landscapes. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for any transportation queries or further assistance in planning your truffle hunting trip.
There is no right or wrong season to hunt for truffles, the only difference is in the truffle to look for. Every truffle has its seasonality, the famous Alba Truffle “Magnatum Pico” can be found only from September to December, the white truffle called “Bianchetto” can be found from January to April. Instead during the warmer seasons between May and August, it is easier to find black truffles called “Scorzoni”, while the prized black truffle can be found from mid-November to mid-March. In any season, however, the experience of seeing the dog in search of these treasures hidden in the ground will be beautiful, regardless of the truffle found.
Truffle hunting is open to everyone, to those who already know truffles and to those who do not know them. This outdoor activity was born to introduce truffles but above all to make them discover how to look for them, where they are, to understand why they are so expensive and valuable.
60 days before departure will be subject to 30% of the program price.
59 – 30 days before departure will be subject to 60% of the program price.
29 days or less upon departure will be subject to 100% of the program price.
You will be able to find the truffles you found during the hunt, at a price in line with market prices, depending on the season in which you will hunt, in Alba you will also find many Trifolai and shops that can help you choose the best truffle.
An experience that will remain that will remain etched in our memory for our whole life. The search for truffles was interesting and fun, accompanied by an expert guide and the trained dog who allowed us to find 4 truffles! Thanks for the experience!