On the Hunt for Truffles in San Miniato Florence

The San Miniato hills, located just one hour from Villa San Michele and Il Salviatino 5* hotels, are home to some of the richest truffle regions in Europe. October and November are the best months of the year to hunt for the rare ingredient and form peak truffle hunting season in Tuscany. In November, this typical Tuscan town hosts  the “Sagra del Tartufo Bianco”, the most exquisite truffle festival in Italy.

Villa San Michele Florence

Villa San Michele in Florence

ABOUT Villa San Michele

Villa San Michele has put together a programme for gastronomes keen to learn more and sample the most precious (and among the most expensive foods in the world!) of the underground mushrooms, the White Truffle, also known also as the “Food of Kings”.

Guests of the hotel can carry out their own hunt for this delicate ingredient which graces the tables of some of the finest restaurants in the world. Escorted by an expert and his truffle seeking dog, guests can learn all about how the legendary aphrodisiac is grown and cultivated, and will be taught the age old skills used to hunt for them. Once guests return to the hotel, they will be treated to a truffle tasting session of truffle based dishes prepared by head chef Attilio di Frabrizio. Lasting a half day and priced from £60 per person, it is truly a memorable way to discover the beauty of the Tuscan countryside.

The former monastic hotel has also created a tasting menu dedicated entirely to the White Truffle, which features dishes such as ‘prawn tails marinated with White Truffle served with avocado fondue’ and ‘Ecori rice creamed with White Truffle and cocoa powder‘. The tasting menu starts from £137.50 per person including VAT.

The editors at Startle.com rounded up some of the best cooking classes and rated  Villa San Michele as one of the best. 

Rates for a Classic Double Room at Villa San Michele start from approximately £763 per room per night including daily breakfast and VAT. To book, please call Orient-Express UK reservations on 0845 077 2222.

Special Offer: One More Night

Guests booking two consecutive nights at Villa San Michele will receive a third complimentary night when booking the “One More Night”. Rates are valid during selected dates and subject to availability.

Fiesole views down to Florence (c) Alan Greenhalgh

Fiesole – Views down to Florence


Hotel Il Salviatino in Florence (c) Alan Greenhalgh

Having recently come back from a glorious week at Il Salviatino I can also recommend staying in the hills overlooking Florence and its glorious Il Duomo. Take a taxi to the town centre and drink an Aperol Spritz for me. Here’s Il Salviatino’s blog on The Truffle Hunt.  Happy times!

Fiesole is a very pretty town with magnificent views.

Fiesole Town Square and Church (c) Alan Greenhalgh

Fiesole Town Square and Church



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