castell'azzara-festa-del-tartufoSecond weekend in July

Truffles are so precious, not only to the locals of Castell'Azzara but to all Maremmani, that you could call them fungus gold (that doesn't sound very appealing though).

Here in Southern Tuscany, truffles abound, but remain a much-coveted item to be enjoyed the rich or very lucky.

The Festa del Tartufo d'Estate is a chance for Castell'Azzara's locals to hold a befittingly grand festival for such a grand fungus. And it's a chance  for foodies all over the world to savour this once-in-a-lifetime delicacy in all its glory.

The festival is usually opened with a speech. Here a local chef divulges the secrets of the truffle and the best ways to cook it. It's the perfect introduction to the following three days of endless truffle-themed lunches, afternoon teas and dinners - where the best of the local cuisine is made even more delicious with the addition of truffles everywhere.

In between meals, tourists and locals can wander the various market stalls that sell local products and handicrafts.

There are also guided tours of nearby caves and educational farm walks, horse rides and mountain bike races.

There is even an activity room for children to ensure parents are free to truly enjoy the local cuisine, traditions and culture, as well as the incredible truffle.

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