Chanterelles and Truffles.
This autumn has been humid and warm so perfect conditions for truffles and mushrooms. People are walking around in the forest with big baskets full of porcinis and chanterelles mushrooms. It has taken me years to figure out where to find mushrooms, because believe me, Italians would rather give you the pin-code to their credit card, than tell you where they find the best mushrooms, this is really serious stuff.
We are so lucky that part of the valley below the castle is one big truffle reserve, and we have a couple of trusted people that take our guests on tours to find the black treasures.
To find the truffles you need a dog, specially trained from a young age, as they sometimes have to be found more than 15 cm under ground. It is very exiting to see the dog when he suddenly sense that there is a truffle and starts to bark and dig happily to get it up, then it depends on how well trained the dog is if he hands it over right away or just eats the truffle himself. One of our truffle hunters is more than 90 years old, and the rumour goes that he worships his dog, more than his wife, as the dog over the years has made him a fortune in finding truffles.