Aaah! what a wonderful day

The sun has been shining brightly all day.  This morning the guys once again awoke as if in an airplane above the clouds as mist hang low in the Chiascio valley below Bellaugello Gay Guest House.

The sun has been really hot all day, still a day for perfecting that all over tan at the infinity swimming pool.  Now it is evening and fires are lit, wine corks are popping and conversation is flowing.

Inevitably turning to food we are all looking forward to the coming weeks, with the annual Truffle fair in Gubbio  over four days starting on 31st. October and the Woodland Food Fair in nearby Montone – yes that delightful town with the stunningly beautiful war memorial sculpture.  The fair is for four days and starts on 1st. November.

You will be able to sample chestnuts, mushrooms, truffles and a whole host of local delicacies.  Owing to a cancellation we have a couple of Suites available, so come on why not join us in these food extravaganzas? for booking.


A couple of weeks ago whilst wandering not overly far from the garden at Bellaugello I stumbled across a very strong scent of truffle.  I am not blessed with the best sense of smell, but wow this was not strong, it was knockout.

I went to visit Giordano, my neighbour’s son who as well as training truffle hunting dogs is an expert truffle hunter.  Sadly his dog was just recovering from an operation, so they were not able to come immediately.

This morning with Bianca recovered we went hunting.  I won’t tell you exactly where, the place must be kept secret, especially as it is a zone of the highly prized white winter truffle.  Truffle hunters must have a licence to dig for truffles, it can be very lucrative.

Somebody had got there first, the smell of truffle remained, much diminished, and there was evidence of recent digging.  Giordano suspected that the culprit might have been a cinghale (wild boar) and sadly no truffles remained to be found.

The season for summer truffles is drawing to a close, the cinghale season is soon to begin, and then the white truffle season……  Here’s hoping!