Wednesday, October 1, 2008


The elusive white truffle. Hunted by wild pigs and sought-after by international chefs. And the best place to find this rare delicacy is in Alba, the picturesque Northern Italian hill town about three hours from Turin.

Tartufo biano, or white truffle, is a veritable celebrity in Alba and this week kicks off a month-long autumn festival devoted to the famous fungus, the Fiera Internazionle del Tartufo Bianco. It’s a must see if you’re travelling to Piedmont.

Events kick off on Saturday, October 4th with the opening of the Alba White Truffle World Market where, for a €3 entrance fee, you can shop for the perfect truffle to your heart’s content (and until your wallet’s empty). But make sure you hit the market on a weekend; it’s closed from Monday to Friday.

The fanfare continues at the opening ceremonies on October 10th where Prince Albert of Monaco is scheduled to make a royal appearance. For a full schedule of events, truffle history and information about Alba visit the festival’s official website at


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

ciao! wait, what's going on here??? i just realized you changed the pic at the top of the page!!! do we have to read between the lines???