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Review of Museo del Tartufo

Museo del Tartufo
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Owner description: 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.
Somers, Australia
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“Very informative”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 the description of how it is displayed perhaps that was a good thing. Switching between screens is not ideal. The rest of the audiovisual presentations were working and were highly informative as was the sensory activities.
The frescoes in the building and the building itself are a reminder of how rich the culture is in this country. It is worth a visit if you are travelling through the area.

Visited May 2014
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“Learnt a lot about truffles here”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 film difficult. But this should not deter one enjoying the museum. Another film screened at the end of the room has good information on the various types of truffles and how truffle hunters train their dogs to look for the prized fungi. The museum is a nice respite while driving through the region. There is a restaurant just next to the museum that offers breathtaking views of this part of Tuscany.

Visited April 2014
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Don't bother”
1 of 5 bubbles 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 attendant explained there were sensory tests which supposedly help you learn about truffles. These might have been devised by a primary school teacher; stuffing your hand in a jar to feel acorns, or fircones to determine that they feel different from truffles, may well appeal to children under 5. This is not really worth the visit.

Visited May 2014
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