Saturday, 14 April 2012

Truffles in Le Marche

In Italy the towns of Alba in Piedmont and Acqualanga in Le Marche are both world famous for their truffles, both for the white and the black varieties.
Acqualanga is a beautiful small town located in the Italian Apennine mountains in the Pesaro and Urbino province of the eastern Italian region of Le Marche, and its national festival that is held each Autumn is considered to be one of the most important Truffle festivals in the world. The area of countryside around the town has a particular climate that is particularly suited to the growth of truffles and this also allows truffles to be harvested all year round.
Acqualagna as a major fine food centre is also closely associated with the Slow Food movement in Italy and is part of the international Cittaslow network. Vinitours has been working in partnership with Slow Food Norwich in the UK for several years which as part of the Slow food movement is now also closely associated with Slow Food in Italy and groups in the Le Marche region.
This part of Le Marche is one of the most beautiful areas of this beautiful and unspoilt region of Italy, with stunning mountains and large remote forests which make up the Furlo Reserve which includes 3,600 hectares of wood, grasslands and mountain peaks. 
Vinitours together with our partners and associates in Italy are pleased to be able to offer from the autumn of 2011, a range of visits, tours and truffle hunts in this beautiful and fascinating area of  the Le Marche region.

From January to March the common black truffle is predominant, from April to June it is the summer black truffle, July to September the white Marzuolo truffle and then from October to January it is the most highly prized truffle of all, the white truffle, tuber Magnatum Pico.
There are three truffle fairs held each year in Acqualanga, the regional fair in February, the regional summer fair in August and the most important and prestigious, the national truffle fair held in the last two weeks of October.
Vinitours is very pleased to work closely with our friend and associate Andrea Tomassetti from Le marche to offer personalised truffle hunts in the countryside near the Adriatic resort of Senigallia, these tours cater for smaller groups who also may wish to visit the mill where Andrea produces his wonderful Montedoro range of olive oils and also the local organic wine producers.
We are also pleased to now be involved with one of the premier producers of truffles in Le Marche and based in the area of Acqualagna,and we can offer larger group tours and visits to this area. The tours in Acqualagna include taking part in tutored tastings and hunts with their truffle experts with accommodation being provided should this be required.

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