Make Your Own Mushroom Expedition

Hunt for funghi yourself, with the help of local experts

Le Marche is prime mushroom hunting territory. (illustration by Olivia Wise)

You may not personally know any mushroom-hunting champions like Tonti Agostina. But you can still experience the adventure yourself with overnight excursions in the Marche ranging from a few days to more than a week.

A one-hour drive from Urbino, this farm-stay lasts eight days. In the morning truffle hunter Paolo Ciccioli guides guests through the forest to find the best mushrooms and truffles in the Marche. Chef Ennio Barbieri teaches classes in Italian cuisine.

Caravanserraglio Agriturismo
Contrada Colli 10
62020 Serrapetrona, Italy
0733 908284

Le Marche Holiday Tours
Spend four days in the heart of the Marche’s truffle country near the town of Ascoli Piceno. Tour operator Moreno Moretti, a local truffle expert, and a clever truffle-hunting dog named Ianna will help you search for unique white and black truffles. You will then get to cook them into your own tasty pasta dish.

Le Marche Holiday
Ascoli Piceno, Italy
339 7003885

La Tavola Marche
Fifteen miles outside Urbino, you can enjoy the rural landscapes of Le Marche at La Tavola Marche. Its three-night “Flavors of Fall” package provides breakfast, a mushroom hunt with a certified mushroom hunter, a five-course meal with wine, and a half-day cooking class. Travelers looking for a longer stay may prefer the “Carnivore’s Delight.” This package includes butchering, sausage-making, mushroom- and truffle-hunting, and a wine tour. It is offered for October 25-30, 2012; parties of four or larger receive a discounted price.

La Tavola Marche / Agriturismo Ca’Camone
Via Candigliano
61046 Piobbico, Italy
331 525 2753

This is a “Website extra” article for Urbino Now magazine’s Escursione section, which recommends day trips and activities within an hour or so of Urbino. Please view more magazine articles or order a complete printed copy of Urbino Now.