Friday - - Leisure -

WHERE? Pi­azza Duomo, Alba, Italy WHAT? Dug up by spe­cially trained dogs in the pic­turesque Ital­ian prov­ince of Pied­mont, white truf­fles fetch up­wards of €1,500 per kilo­gram. Be­lieved to have been cre­ated by light­ning by the an­cient Greeks, this costly in­gre­di­ent is best con­sumed at Pizza Duomo, chef En­rico Crippa’s Alba restau­rant. Or­der the Ac­com­pa­g­nando Il Tartufo menu and you’ll sam­ple a va­ri­ety of suc­cu­lent dishes gar­nished with the pre­cious shav­ings of this highly priced sub­ter­ranean fungi.

DON’T MISS: Re­nais­sance fres­coes in the Gothic church of San Domenico, fol­lowed by a visit to the fas­ci­nat­ing Mu­nic­i­pal Mu­seum of Ar­chae­ol­ogy.

SPEND THE NIGHT: At Re­lais Villa d’Amelia, a lux­u­ri­ous hide­away with a well­ness cen­tre and heated pool

GET­TING THERE: Emi­rates has di­rect flights to Mi­lan from Dh3,632.

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