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Museo del Tartufo

Piazza Gramsci 1, 53020 San Giovanni d'Asso, Montalcino, Italy
+39 0577 803268
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Not much going on here

Paid to get in and a couple exhibits weren't working. The smelling exhibit worked which was oK... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Green Bay, WI
Waste of time and money

When travelling I find it difficult to decide if it is worth paying the money to enter a museum. I... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2017
Patrice A
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Il primo museo italiano del Tartufo è ospitato entro i suggestivi sotterranei del trecentesco castello, che presenta un importante ciclo decorativo ad affresco. Il percorso comincia con "il mistero del tartufo": tra stregoneria, scienza ed erotismo, si racconta della leggenda che lo voleva originato da un fulmine fino ad arrivare alla definizione scientifica vera e propria. A seguire sono proposte esperienze sensoriali attraverso percorsi che coinvolgono il tatto, l'udito, il gusto e infine l'olfatto, ovviamente il perno centrale rimane il Tartufo che viene presentato insieme ad altre componenti del suo ecosistema. Alla vista sono dedicati numerosi contributi multimediali come nella sezione "Il Tartufo, il cane e l'uomo" dove si cerca di dare un'informazione scientifica sul Tartufo, di mostrare alcuni aspetti della raccolta e di presentare l'insostituibile compagno del Tartufaio: il cane. L'ultima sezione del museo riproduce una mensa contadina e una alto-borghese e indaga le tecniche di raccolta, conservazione e di impiego in cucina. Chiudono il percorso la sezione espositiva dedicata alle erbe selvatiche e il centro documentazione che permette ai visitatori di approfondire ulteriormente le conoscenze sul Tartufo. ENGLISH VERSION The first Italian truffle Museum is housed within the fourteenth-century castle basement, which has an important decorative fresco cycle. The path begins with "the mystery of the truffle": between sorcery, science and eroticism, telling of the legend that wanted it originated by a lightning until reaching scientific definition itself. To follow are proposed sensory experiences through pathways that involve touch, hearing, taste and smell, obviously the fulcrum remains the truffle which is presented in conjunction with other components of its ecosystem. To the sight are dedicated many multimedia contributions in the section "the truffle, the dog and the man", made to give scientific information on truffles, show some aspects of the process of collecting and present the truffle-hunter's irreplaceable companion: the dog. The last section of the Museum displays a frugal peasant kitchen in opposition to an high-bourgeois one and investigates the techniques of collection, storage and use in the kitchen. The visit ends with a section dedicated to wild herbs and the documentation centre that allows visitors to further deepen the knowledge on the truffle.
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4 weeks ago
“Not much going on here”
13 Nov 2016
“Museum visit during festival”
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Piazza Gramsci 1, 53020 San Giovanni d'Asso, Montalcino, Italy
+39 0577 803268
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Paid to get in and a couple exhibits weren't working. The smelling exhibit worked which was oK. The whole place looked a little tired.

Thank TennisgalGreenBay_WI
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

When travelling I find it difficult to decide if it is worth paying the money to enter a museum. I have spent hours thoroughly engrossed in free museums, and then been disappointed in museums that charge a fee. And from the entrance at it is...More

Thank Patrice A
Reviewed 13 November 2016

We went through here while visiting the truffle festival. It was ok but pretty crowded. Some of the exhibits weren't working. Not very impressive.

Thank skm4444
Reviewed 11 October 2015 via mobile

Fabulous small museum to pay homage to the Tartufo. What a great and well deserved honor for the unbelievable tartufo.

Thank Joel K
Reviewed 14 June 2015 via mobile

just visited the "museum", quite a number of the exhibits were broken. The "aged" video is the most insightful, but nothing that Google can't provide. Give it a miss and save €4.00 and the time spent driving up to town.

Thank jeromekoay
Reviewed 17 November 2014

Lovely place for a quick look-see and clear explanations. I enjoyed the exhibits which gave each of your senses the experience of truffle hunting.The bathrooms were "under repair' during the Truffle Festival which was inconvenient.

Thank Jerusalemmiriam
Reviewed 12 October 2014

Friendly staff, simple and interactive layout, fascinating history of the marvelous truffle! Definitely worth the visit; 45 mins covers it!

1  Thank Austin-Waldron
Reviewed 22 May 2014

A well laid out and informative museum, hands on activities suitable for children and adults. The staff member was friendly and informative, and spoke very good English. The film at the start of the visit could not be started, which was a pity. However from...More

Thank Roger C
Reviewed 17 May 2014

The museum opened my eyes to the wonderful world of truffles. Through the simple exhibits, videos and interactive displays, I have a deeper appreciation of all things truffle. There was indeed an issue with the two video screens near the entrance that made watching the...More

2  Thank Marilyn C
Reviewed 11 May 2014

The film at the start of the museum is scarcely audible; the film switches between two screens and there is some entertainment to be had playing musical chairs so you can see the screen as the film switches from one screen to another. The museum...More

2  Thank Ali186225
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