November in Siena isn’t really “low season”, contrary to what you might think.
If you plan to stay in Tuscany in this period, you will be pleasantly impressed by the activities available and the peculiar beauty of the medieval hamlets in the fall.
Furthermore, for food and wine lovers, this is a perfect time to go: the White Truffle Market of Crete Senesi comes back on two weekends, 12th and 13th November, 19th and 20th November, so you can take advantage of the festival to discover one of the most exclusive products of Siena’s province.
The white truffle is related to the magic charm of Crete Senesi, clay hills surrounded by groves, and are also recognizable by the strong perfume and high digestibility. The « capital » of white truffles is San Giovanni d’Asso, a hamlet that is far about 34 km from Siena, where to take place the festival and where you can visit is the first Museum of Truffle in Italy.
Guide to the best white truffles in Tuscany
The tasting tour begins at 11:00 am at the Castle of San Giovanni d’Asso with the opening of the market exhibition: you can visit many booths of handcrafted products and find out what are the characteristics of other Sienese excellences.
The white truffle will also be proposed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, to enhance its uniqueness and its tastiness that can be compared to other Italian delights.
To join the tastings we recommend to booking the Bussino del gusto (the bus of taste) to make a tour of the farmhouses in the surroundings.
From 12:00 am onwards will be open to the public some art exhibitions, ranging from paintings by contemporary artists to archaeological finds of the area, then we suggest to follow the experience of the « Tales with recipe » at the truffle museum, to learn how to cook the truffles, finally is definitely a must do is the truffle and champagne tasting, at 9:00 pm, accompanied by a classical guitar concert and a VJ set, a fantastic celebration of truffles flavors!
On Sunday 13th you can leave from Siena at 8:50 am, aboard a steam train, to go to San Giovanni d’Asso, a truly unique and exciting experience that is an advantage for those who stay in the town of the Palio and visit the hamlet of white truffle in a day.
On Sunday morning at 11:30 am it is scheduled a tasting of the best Sienese pecorino cheese, another product that symbolizes the high quality of Tuscan cuisine.
In the afternoon, we suggest to follow the cooking show of Maurizio Corridori, organized by the International Chef Academy of Tuscany, a chance to see up close how the most talented Tuscan cooks prepare their own dishes.
For the foodies who wish to try tasty combinations, there is nothing better than an aperitif with truffles, white wine and other local delicacies, to try during a walk in the town.
Saturday 19th, in addition to the events already mentioned, there will be a meeting with a truffle hunter at 3:00 pm: after the meeting there will be a demonstration of truffle hunting (reservation is required), an activity that allows you to understand what skills are needed to unearth this natural treasure that characterizes the Crete.
On Sunday 20th November we recommend a guided tour by bike, which includes visits to farmhouses and tasting of cheeses, cured meats and truffles. Departure is at 10.00 am and reservations are required.
At the Castle in San Giovanni d’Asso, instead, at 11:0 am there will be an interesting tasting of craft beers and cold cuts, perfect match for those of you like to discover all the top excellences of the Tuscan land.
During each day at the market exhibition there will be stands where to buy the white truffle, an opportunity to take home a delicacy that is unequaled in the world.
This year, finally, the White Truffle Festival will have a different meaning than usual because a few weeks ago, a referendum marked the union between San Giovanni d’Asso and Montalcino, which will become a single town as well as next year.
For further information and to book the food tastings and other activities, visit the website www.mostradeltartufobianco.it.
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