We'd love that job - Truffle-hunter

Angelo Stemperini, Urbani Tartufi, Umbria

by Angelo Stemperini, Urbani Tartufi, Umbria
Last Updated: 06 Nov 2012

What do you do?

I'm a farmer and I own my small mixed farm, but for the past 10 years, I've also been hunting truffles during the summer months. That's usually from July to September, but I've also been known to go out looking for them during the winter. I have seven specially trained crossbreed dogs, which I use when I go out to seek truffles. I usually spend between two and four hours a day looking for them. The best time to look is in the morning, because, come afternoon, there's a danger of me and the dogs getting bitten by adders and other reptiles.

How did you get the job?

My grandfather was a truffle hunter - and he was my teacher too. I started learning about truffles from a very young age, and he taught me everything.

When I got older, I realised that he was beginning to forget the skills he had passed to me, so I decided to continue the tradition and start truffle-hunting for myself. My father has a farm and so it wasn't difficult for me to start.

Does reality match the dream?

Yes, because I was raised with truffles, and hunting them became my main object in life. I get a real thrill from finding truffles - I love it. I also enjoy working with the animals and raising them, but I don't like having to be on the farm every single day.

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