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“Wonderful truffle hunting tour and lunch”

Fattoria Collebrunacchi
Ranked #7 of 30 things to do in San Miniato
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Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

What a wonderful experience! We signed up for the truffle hunt and lunch. Upon arrival we were greeted by Francesca the owner. She offered boots for the truffle hunt in case you don’t want to dirty your shoes. We walked through beautiful woods for about an hour while the dog searched for truffles. A successful day as we found two white truffles and one black. Along the way Francesca provided lots of information about truffles and the hunt as well as details about the woods and the local area. Lunch was prepared by Francesca and was amazing! Everything tasted delicious and was plated beautifully. Fattoria Collebrunacchi makes wine, olive oil and honey which were incorporated into the menu. These products are available for purchase and Francesca will ship internationally. I highly recommend visiting Fattoria Collebrunacchi and would love to come back in the future.

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Reviewed 5 May 2016

We arrived at San Miniato train station and our taxi driver Antonio was already waiting for us. In the communication with the organisers, the ride is €25 - but be aware that this is €25 each way for a 10-15 minute journey, the taxi seats 4 passengers.
We were greeted warmly by the staff and our truffle guide Francesca who introduced Choco the truffle dog to us.
In the beautiful garden, we were then served white wine, toasted crusty bread and fresh broad beans with extra virgin olive oil.
The other truffle guide Vittoria arrived with two more customers for the tour and then we set off.
After a brief walk, we arrived at the truffle grounds and within a short time, Choco found some lychee sized aromatic black truffles. Choco also found a huge truffle (the size of a broccoli head!) but Francesca could not stop him before he broke off a piece and ran off to eat his find!
We then returned to the house and were served pecorino at different stages of maturity with their accompanying dips (quince for the youngest pecorino, lemon curd for the medium and honey for the most mature) and then we were served our first course of vegetable soup with shaved black summer truffle on top and white truffle paste at the bottom. A bottle of easy drinking red wine was opened and we could help ourselves.
The second course was polenta with mushrooms, artichoke fritti, meatless polpette, courgette and aubergine and more shaved truffles.
For the main course, a bottle of reserva red wine was opened.
A parcel of aluminium foiled was brought to each of us and as soon as you opened it, the delicious smell of truffle burst out. Inside the parcel was linguine with truffle cream sauce, crushed pine nuts and even more shaved truffle!
Lastly, we were served traditional biscuits with dessert wine.
The food was absolutely delicious and the service was warm and friendly. We purchased some wine and preserves (they provide shipping) and would highly recommend this tour to any truffle lovers!

Thank Samantha C
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Reviewed 8 June 2015

We visited Fattoria Collebrunacchi for a truffle hunting experience and it turned into the highlight of our trip. Francesca, who was our guide, our host and our chef provided such a great experience for us that we would do it again if we're ever in San Miniato. Ciocco, our truffle hunting dog was a highlight as well. The truffle hunt itself was wonderful because we, luckily, did not have a large group and ended up receiving a private truffle hunt. Ciocco was so great because he found 3-4 truffles even though we went during an off peak season. After the truffle hunt which took us through such beautiful countryside with olive trees and neighbors who were waving to us as we walked through the hillside, we came back to Francesca's home where she served us the most wonderful meal I've ever had in my life. We had our truffles and some wild asparagus we found during our walk in our freshly made meal with white truffle sauce, shaved truffle and truffle flavoring in our omelet, crostini, charcuterie and pasta which was the best tagliatelle I've ever had. Francesca and Ciocco made our experience in San Miniato so wonderful, 2 months later we're still regaling all of our friends and family about what a great experience we had there. I can't say enough about how great this was for us.

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Reviewed 22 November 2014

The restaurant offers many Tuscan specialities, including interesting truffle recipes. The white truffle dishes are included in a separate menu and are priced accordingly! Service is a bit slow and looks quite bored..

Simple choices for wine with excellent prices.

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Reviewed 13 November 2014

As fledgling foodies, and just as people who like unique experiences, we had a blast on this day trip to San Miniato to find and eat truffles.

We took a morning train from Florence and were met at the station by Francesca, who drove us to her friends at Tartufo Nacci. There we went on an hour-long excursion with Ricardo and his dogs Nebbia (the bread-winner) and Luna (the adorable trainee). It was so fun to learn about the history and techniques behind truffle-hunting, and then to witness Nebbia as she did her work! She found 4 black truffles, which we took back to headquarters to wash and weigh.

After the truffle-hunting, Monica drove us to meet Francesca at her family's place, Fattoria Collebrunacchi. After giving us a tour of the lovely property, Francesca prepared the most amazing food for us -- charcuterie, thin beef filet, and homemade fettucini with our truffles shaved on top! It was one the best meals of our trip, no question. Francesca and Monica ate with us, and were pleasant company, friendly but not intrusive.

Then it was back to the train station, and back to Florence. Though we spent several more days in Italy, we kept thinking back on this excursion. Definitely a highlight for us!

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