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“A beautiful day in the hills of Tuscany!”

Kelly and I were searching for months for the best truffle hunt we could find (as we are "foodies" and love truffles) during our beautiful stay in Tuscany and we found it. We were staying at the St. Regis Florence. The driver took us to the La Limonaia that was only about a 30 minute drive from Florence. We meet Giulio, Cristina and Eda at about 10:00 a.m. at the “Truffle House”. It was so beautiful, picturesque and quaint. The rolling hills surrounding the house were beautiful, filled with olive trees, grape vines, it was so beautiful warm and inviting. Giulio was very accommodating with my request to have a private hunt for my Kelly and me. The hunt could not have been more perfect. We started with a tour of the house and grounds and then retreated to the “Truffle House” for a glass of wine and a breakfast appetizer with Giulio and Cristina, followed by a very informative tutorial on Truffles. When it came time for our hunt, Giulio, Eda, Kelly and I went off into the beautiful hills of Tuscany. It was very exciting to watch Eda maneuver through the forest and sniff out the best Truffles we have ever tasted. We spent about two hours hunting, Eda and Giuilo found us both black and white truffles. Then it was back to the “Truffle House” where Giulio weighed what truffles we found that day and proceeded to teach us how to clean, treat, store and slice our truffles, during which time, Cristina prepared us the best lunch we had during our 10 days in Tuscany. It was a seven course meal with some of the most superb wines we had during our trip, it was a perfect wine paring with every course. The entire meal was exquisite. We spent most of the day with Giuilo, Cristina and Eda and had one of the best times on any vacation that we have ever been on. I would recommend this to anyone visiting Tuscany as it is truly an adventure. Gary Mazurek Plano, TX

"Truffle Hunt - Amazing Experience!”
Reviewed November 23, 2010

I work for Lonely Planet and I need to shoot a feature story on truffle hunting in the Florence area and Giulio was well recommended. Did I ever find the right guy! Giulio and his dog Edda were fantastic. It's just a short drive from his beautiful "Truffle House" to the Tuscan hillside where he and Edda hunt for truffles. It didn't take them long to find some and it made for a great short film. Giulio makes the perfect guide for anyone curious/passionate about Italian cuisine, art and of course everything truffle. He is also warm, charming and a joy to spend time with. I can highly recommend Giulio's truffle hunt as a "must do" experience while in Tuscany/Florence. The meal (using the truffles found earlier) was amazing and Christina, the chef is equally charming and quite talented in the kitchen. It was probably one of my favorite assignments I've ever done and my best day during my Italy trip. Look for Giulio and Edda's video on lonelyplanet.com in a few months!
"Soooo good !!”
Reviewed September 14, 2011

We visited Guilio and his partner Christina for their truffle hunting and of course eating experience on our trip to Florence. I have nothing but exclamation marks to add to previous reviews. Guilio is a wonderful host and he offers a unique experience which I will always remember . To hear about the history of his own experience with truffle hunting and to watch him hunting truffles with his dog Edda in the forest behind their beautiful home was fascinating. On our return Christina had prepared a wonderful lunch for us which we ate after Guilio showed us how to prepare the truffles for eating. These were generously shaved over every course and we finished the meal with ice cream covered with truffles honey and shaved fresh truffles . Decadent! Guile's truffle hunting tour is easy to organize ,great value and so memorable . I am so glad we did this.
“Incredible place to stay in Tuscany!”
Reviewed May 13, 2010

My wife and I chose the honeymoon package at La Limonaia after reading all of the wonderful reviews on TripAdvisor. We were not disappointed! Our stay at La Limonaia was exactly how we pictured our Tuscan honeymoon. We wanted to experience the rolling hills and smaller towns of Tuscany but still have access to all of the history and culture of Florence and the honeymoon package was the perfect compromise. The castle wine tasting tour and the truffle hunting tour were both between 45 minutes to an hour drive from La Limonaia and provided absolutely beautiful views along the way. The tours were outstanding and we had a ton of fun. If you are at all interested in truffle hunting (we had no idea what it was but all it took was smelling a jar of truffles to convince us we were going) make sure to give this tour a try. We went walking through the country side with two specially trained dogs that were able to sniff out truffles ranging in size from a tiny pebble to the size of a tennis ball. Then we went back to the truffle factory and had an excellent meal that was prepared with the truffles we had just found. It was very cool and an experience we will always remember.

Reviewed April 12, 2010

It is exactly two years since my 19 year old son and 12 year old daughter and I stayed at the exquisitely beautiful La Limonaia. We have been reminiscing and looking at photos - Giulio and Cristina were not only the perfect hosts - they were our friends, lively conversationalists and accommodated every need to ensure we all had a good time. The postcard pretty views over Firenze from La Limonaia are better than anything a travel agent could imagine. Huge, elegant and clean rooms, fresh air and unique hospitality - all a stones throw from the hub of Firenze. We loved your sense of humour Giulio and without a doubt, it was the best place we stayed while we were in Italy. We wish we were there again and apologies for taking so long to write a well deserved review.

“Wonderful Way to Experience Tuscany”
Reviewed November 26, 2009

My wife and some other family members recently spent 5 nights at La Limonaia. Our hosts Christina and Guilio couldn't have been more gracious. Our rooms were very clean and comfortable. The views overlooking Florence are beautiful and there is an amazing quiet. There is a a church bell that rings every half hour that i though would bother us. After a few hours I don't know what happens to your senses but you can no longer hear it even though its right there. The tours that Giulio arranged and conducted were the best part of the trip. They were small and very unique. My favourite was Truffle hunting but he can arrange many others depending on your interests. I enjoy photography and Giulio gave me plenty of beautiful opportunities to take some great photos.
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