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Truffle Hunting in Italy


Go foraging with your very own truffle dogs and whip up Italian meals in a dreamy villa


  • Duration

    3 days

  • Meals

    2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

  • Group Size

    Maximum 10 people

  • Team

    Local Host, Truffle Hunter and Chef Matteo



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Matteo is a professional truffle hunter who has been working in the business for 12 years, combining his passion for nature, animals and cooking. A skilled chef who specialises in Italian recipes involving fragrant truffles and mushrooms, he enjoys sharing his culinary skills with others.

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Bracciano Woods

Ciao! Our unforgettable weekend kicks off this morning with a meet and greet at Bracciano Station. Here, we'll meet the truffle hunting master himself, Matteo, who'll brief us and - the bit you've been waiting for - introduce us to his adorable but expertly trained truffle hunting dogs. With introductions - and petting - out of the way, we'll head to the woods where the hunt is on! We'll spend the afternoon with Matteo and his pups, hunting and foraging for one of the most precious commodities in the culinary world.

Cooking Class

After the hunt is done, we'll take our edible gems to the hunting master's cooking school, where we'll learn how to prepare them in delicious traditional recipes. After the cooking class we'll get to enjoy the fruits of our labour washed down with local wine, before heading to the villa for a chilled night together.




The morning is ours, and the options aren't bad at all. We could stroll into the postcard-pretty local town, dotted with cute stores, cafes and hangouts; or we could kick back in the villa and make the most of the swimming pool.

Cooking Afternoon

This afternoon it's time to add another recipe to your repertoire with another cooking class, paired with wine tasting.


After a relaxing afternoon, either head into town for the evening or put your feet up at the villa. It's a hard life.




It's another relaxed start to the day as we enjoy a delicious breakfast at the villa before our complimentary transfer to Bracciano Train Station. Whether you take the transfer or make your own departure arrangements, it will be sad goodbyes all round this morning as our trip comes to an end. But the cooking skills will be fresh in our memories, and we'll be eager to show off to friends and family back home.

All accommodation is included

Villa Clodia

Braccaino, Italy

About this trip

What could be better than kicking back in a Roman villa, strolling through the woods and taking organic cooking classes? Answer: doing it all with a local guide and his adorable truffle-hunting dogs, as you walk winding trails and dig out some sumptuous truffles to prepare mouth watering Italian recipes with. Welcome to La Dolce Vita.

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