Medieval villages and truffle hunting in Istria
This is medieval Istria with a truffle twist!
Looking like a mid-sized, wrinkled and unattractive potato, you would neve tell that this mushroom hides so much fragrance and taste.
Istria has both black (summer and winter) and white (winter) truffles making it possible to have fresh truffles all year long.
As a last resort in times of famine in bygone times, truffles are one of the main delicacies of northern Istria today. Grated as parmigian cheese on top of local dishes, such as risotto, home-made pasta or steak, they definitely are an acquired taste. Today, we would like to share our experience and take you on a hunt with real truffle dogs through the forests near the town of Buzet. The truffles are not hidden for you to find them: it takes some effort. You will see how dogs react, how their human reacts, where these unusual mushrooms grow as well as what they look like when they have just been taken out from the soil.
This is a sample itinerary based on Rovinj as departure point.
9:00-9:50 departure from Rovinj and scenic drive to Motovun;
9:50-10:50 visit of Motovun;
10:50-11:10 drive to Buzet;
11:10-1:30 truffle hunting with dogs in the forest, lecture, tasting of delicacies with truffles;
1:30-2:00 drive to Grožnjan;
2:00-2:45 guided visit of Grožnjan with time for coffee;
2:45-3:35 drive back to Rovinj.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Rovinj any location.
For departures from Pula or any other point in the county, or for groups between 4 and 6 persons, please send me a request.
End location: Rovinj, Pula or other upon request.
Duration: 7 hours
In case of consistent rain, the forest part of the truffle experience will be skipped as dogs are unable to concentrate when it rains. The clients will only be charged for the tasting and lecture.
Modern a/c Renault Kadjar (2016). In case of groups of 3-6 persons modern a/c van with driver.
Guiding services in Motovun and Grožnjan. Transportation costs (parking fees, toll roads and gas).
Truffle lecture, hunting and tasting/light-lunch as described.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
60 Croatian Kuna (HRK) - For the best cake and the most flavored coffee in Grožnjan.
Any expense not mentioned under "what's included".