UNESCO TRUFFLE HUNTING EXPERIENCE
An itinerary in Monferrato of the Infernots, UNESCO heritage sites, to discover the king of the table, his majesty the Truffle. The infernots, underground cellars dug in the local stone called 'pietra da cantoni' are the symbol and identity of this land, where the areas between the hills were "once occupied by sea". The same can be said for truffle hunting and extraction which has been classified as intangible cultural heritage since 2021. In autumn, don't miss out on the multiple fairs and feasts which coincide with the opening of the truffle hunting season with the possibility to enjoy the dishes of the local food and wine tradition.
Our journey starts from Cella Monte one of the most beautiful villages of Italy Walking along the narrow streets of the village, which takes on the appearance of an open-air museum, visitors will notice shells in the walls, positioned there by nature not by man, as this area was covered by sea, and the hills of Monferrato were its archipelagos millions of years ago. Slowly, as the water receded, the sandstone remained, which was used to build the houses, buildings and UNESCO heritage Infernots. These underground rooms dug into the sandstone rock (‘pietra da cantoni’) maintain constant temperature and humidity thanks to the geological characteristics of this area of marine origin, making them ideal for the storage of foods, an annex to the cellars. They are the precious inheritance of the rural tradition, small hidden gems recognised as World heritage sites.
Visit the Ecomuseum of Pietra da Cantone. Visit historic winery and its private infernot. Wine tasting.
To follow, itinerary at leisure in the 14 villages between the province of Alessandria and Asti, inserted into the circuit of Infernots Unesco Heritage Site (Cella Monte Rosignano Monferrato Sala Vignale Monferrato Ottiglio Ozzano Monferrato Treville Frassinello Monferrato Grazzano Badoglio Terruggia Camagna Monferrato Olivola Ponzano Monferrato Fubine)
Lunch at leisure.
Arrive in Vignale Monferrato in the early afternoon and meet with our expert truffle hunter. Since 2021, truffle hunting and extraction has been part of UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage, and here in Monferrato it is an experience to enjoy and remember. Everything is true and authentic; nothing is prepared, and when the loyal ‘tabui’ starts to dig and agitate itself you will hold your breath and tremble with joy. At the end, visit to a winery which produces organic wines with tasting and visit to private infernot.
All year except for May and from 1 to 21 September when it is temporarily banned by the Piedmont Regional Autority.
from 01/01/2024 to 31/12/2024
Price per person from:
€ 125,00 (groups of 2 pax)
The price does not include:
Transfers and anything not listed under the price includes
Sportswear-trekking shoes or rubber boots are recommended (if rubber boots are needed they can be provided by the organisation if requested the day before the activity). In the event of bad weather, the activity will be postponed.
The truffles extracted are not included in the experience: they can be purchased directly from the truffle hunter at market price.