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The truffle is on display at the annual Fiera del Tartufo in Alba, Italy

08.15.2011
Topic European Travel

The truffle is on display at the annual Fiera del Tartufo in Alba, Italy - Image

A major food destination in the fall is the Fiera del Tartufo in Alba, Italy, land of the white truffle. The location of this event is reason enough to visit, but the food is considered by Europe Up Close as the epicenter of the slow food movement. Look to any website concerning this festival for tips on how to travel to this amazing location. 

The lush countryside of Alba is the ideal backdrop for lovers of the mighty white truffle, an ingredient that may cost as much as $4,500 for a kilo. The white truffle from Alba is considered by many as the most precious in all the world due to the types of trees that grow in this region. As fungi are dependent upon other parts of the ecosystem for their unique flavor, the ancient oaks of Alba are considered the main factor in supplying white truffles with their mystical effervescence. 

Eating dishes infused with the white truffle is the main focus of this festival, but travellers will want to engage in tours of the city as well. Alba is coveted for its many cobblestone streets and ancient buildings that tell a story of times long past.