Surprises in the Museo del tartufo (truffle museum), old friends and bright sculptures
The heart of the Tartufo bianco territory in the Crete Senesi is in the Museo
di San Giovanni d’Asso. Now is the moment when the tartufo marzuolo is found
The museum is in an elegant castle dating back to the 12-14th century built in bricks and Roman and Gothic style windows, and with a beautiful entrance lined with oak trees.
Read and seen for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini
Upon entering one shivers a sit feels like living in a fairytale, the sensation of the “prince charming “ arriving any minute. We are 10 km distant from Fattoria del Colle, so close one could walk it
I went there yesterday, to celebrate the Tartufo marzuolo. In truth I adore the white truffle but to be able to enjoy it one must wait until November.
At the entrance of the castle I have sever pleasant encounters: Bruno Bruchi excellent gastronomist and super photographer – he has worked for Calvin Klein and for Mercedes. On the castle steps I meet Annamaria Guiducci expert
in history of art, coordinator of the della Pinacoteca di Siena together with her husband Gianfranco Molteni anthropologist and director of the Museo della Mezzadria in Buonconvento. They have just carried out the tasting of chocolate with truffle – a very intriguing combination. This Tuscan countryside which seems to be solitary in the end is not so!
When I enter the museum (open 15-18friday-sunday) I take in with the pleasure the antique location which contains a modern museum that is organized according to experiences: the truffle civilisation is to be smelled, touched, listened to and of course looked at.
Here Stefano Benassi exhibits his candlestick shaped sculptures. Poor materials are used, often reutilized, with de-structured forms to which the manuality of the creation gives back dignity and enriches with new meanings. His post modern candlesticks are beautiful they tell an old story. That the artist has managed to make present-day.