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Autumn Truffle Festival in San Giovanni d'Asso - November 2002

San Giovanni d'Asso is near the Abbey of Monte Oliveto to the east of Buonconvento in South Tuscany

 

LINK TO PHOTOS FROM NOVEMBER 2007

 

Link to Paradoxplace Truffle Festival pages

 

LINK to San Miniato Truffle and Food Festival

LINK to Alba (Piemonte) Truffle Market

 

 

San Giovanni d'Asso is south of Asciano (South Tuscany) and where the Tartufo Bianco Festival takes place on two weekends in November each year - a more village style affair than than the bigger town festivals.  It's even possible to get a steam train there if you have a lot of time on your hands.

To price, buy or arrange to watch truffle hunters and their dogs at work, or just find out more about local products, try ........

 

www.assotartufi.it

 

though it has to be said that the town's web-making ability is but a shadow of its skill at hunting for truffles.

 

If you want to have a "tartufo festival lunch" on the spacious (by Italian standards) veranda of the Ristorante del Castello in the castle it is essential to book

Phone +39 0577 802939

A few truffle based appetizers .... Then a plate of excellent Ravioli with some aromatic specs of the real thing ....

Down to the dealer monopoly in the castle dungeon  Cash flow - each truffle is worth 60 to 120 or more!

 

On the way out of the dungeon, a mushroom education display .....

 

OK (green)   Beware (yellow)  "Mortale" (red)

 

 

Here's "The Ultimate Guide" published by the Touring Club of Italy.

The prize arrives back in Castellina (and is later cut and set to work truffling the egg waiting on the left) - also shown above the famous Pienza Pecorino (sheep's) cheese - this one a tasty little "riserva" 

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