During the truffle hunting experience in Moncalvo you will have the chance to learn about truffles, how to look for them and much more. In fact you will be accompanied by an expert truffle hunter, with a regular license that will take you through the woods with his dog trained to look for truffles. During the experience in Moncalvo you will be able to understand why the truffle is so expensive and you will be able to observe with your own eyes, as the dog will find the truffle hidden underground up to 10 cm deep.
In Moncalvo there are many things to do, we suggest you go into the city center after the truffle hunt to discover the beauty of the city and continue with a wine tour.
Are you looking for a truffle hunting tour from Turin or Milan? Do you need to pick up or drop off at the Asti train station? We are offering you this kind of service.
The starting time is customizable. Usually tours are at: 06:00 Am, 08:00 Am, 10:00 Am, 12:00 Am, 2:00 Pm, 4:00 Pm, 6:00 Pm. During summer time, for protect our customers and our dogs, from 12:00 Am to 16:00 all the truffle tours are stoped.
Moncalvo, in the heart of Piedmont, is a small reality on the border between the provinces of Asti and Alessandria. Monacavo has about 3000 inhabitants and if you are in Moncalvo for a truffle hunt you will be able to make a Moncalvo city tour where you can observe and visit some of the royal palaces and religious architecture that are more than 20.
The last two weekends of October, the Truffle Fair is held in Moncalvo in the province of Asti, on the border with the province of Alessandria. During these 4 days of the fair it is possible to buy truffles and truffle products at the market set up for the occasion and taste the typical dishes of truffle-based tradition, during Sunday lunches. It is possible to participate for free in the fair and a free shuttle service is available to reach the square of the Truffle Fair in Moncalvo.
The appointment is at 9.00 am in the woods where the hunt will take place After a brief introduction and explanations from your “Trifolau”, we will begin the truffle hunting tour accompanied by the trained dog that will help you in your search.
Put on your rubber boots, if you wish, you will enter the woods. Your task helped by your truffle hunter will be to accompany the dog in areas rich in truffles so that he can sniff carefully between the roots of trees and shrubs.
During truffle hunting you have to be very patient as you will have to give the dog time to sniff calmly in order to discover truffles that are hidden a few centimeters deep in the ground. Following the flair of your trusted dog, you will find several truffles underground.
The hunt will last 2 hours, during which you will dig in the ground as soon as the dog has smelled it.
There is no right or wrong season to hunt for truffles, the only difference is in the truffle to look for. In fact 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.
Absolutely, 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.