Truffles and wild boar in LeMarche

Our last night on the road after yet another day marvelling at the unbelievable emerald colours and jaw-dropping scenery in this exquisite little region of Italy. We have enjoyed truffles with hand-made pasatelli, on toast and in honey - all of it intoxicating. The black summer truffles are very decent but in this region the big star are the white truffles - only available around lovely little Acqualagna and in Alba. They appear in the autumn, and are best after the first frost, permeating the air in the mountains with their intoxicating scent. When I say they appear, that is of course not strictly speaking true, as truffles are a subterranean fungus requiring a good animal nose to sniff them out and unearth them.

The traditional truffle pigs have been replaced with dogs. The advantage of dogs over pigs is that they can be taught to relatively gently dig up and hold in their mouths the truffles, thus persevering the whole truffle and also the underground root system which is needed for next year'crop.

We  will return with a small group of guests this autumn to go up the mountain to see these lovely dogs in action and to enjoy the wonderful Acqualagna 50th Truffle Festival with its truffle stalls, al fresco pop up restaurants, cookery demonstrations and wine tastings. Check out our website for more details about the program,

Truffle hunting in LeMarche

This week we are driving through the stunningly beautiful LeMarche region in Italy looking for truffles and tasting wine, artisan beer and cheese and eating at least 5 courses for both lunch and dinner!  This amazing little region of Italy has not yet been discovered by the crowds and we hope it will stay that way. Achingly beautiful, with lush green mountains oncd home to many little dukedoms - each referred to as "una marca" has given the region its unusual name "LeMarche". Our next trip will be Octobre 30th for the Acquaoagna truffle festival and UNESCO protected Urbino with its rich cultural heritage.

Winning the € Lottery

As we proudly announced in our last blog The Times have declared that we offer one of the six best cookery holidays in Europe!

Due to favourable exchange rates we are able to offer drastically reduced prices on all of our quality culinary trips.

Our May Slow Food Trail is now £599

Cooking with us in luxurious Villa il Boschetto starts from £800

Our late autumn Truffle Trip is down to £550 - a steal given its content

And last but not least, our early autumn Stockholm Food Heritage trip (see below) has been reduced to £850.

For full details, check out our website!!!

Six of the best cookery holidays in Europe

Half a dozen tasty breaks, from chocolate tuition in Vienna to wild food hunts in Stockholm


Stockholm Heritage Food Trip

In autumn Tine Roche, who runs Cambridge Cookery School and Cooking in Italy courses in Le Marche region during summer, will take guests on a four-day journey back to her roots in the Swedish capital. On the agenda is a walk in the woods to forage for wild mushrooms, visits to celebrated covered food markets and dinner at top-class restaurants. To get to grips with Scandinavian cuisine there is private tuition from a top-notch chef and a lesson in using a 200-year-old wood oven to bake tunnbröd, a traditional northern flat bread.

Details Three nights costs £995 pp, which includes accommodation at the ultra-hip and eco-friendly hotel Skeppsholmen in central Stockholm, tours, transport and all meals. Ryanair flights from Stansted are not included.