October is white truffle month in Piemonte and the annual Alba truffle festival celebrating the famous 'tartufo bianco' truffles is a massive event.
Alba is also home of the Associazione Nazionale 'Città del Tartufo' which was formed in 1990.
The aim of the association is to present a single reference point for anyone interested in the Italian truffle in much the same way the 'Strada del Vino' and the 'Città d'Arte' do for wine and culture.
The 'Associazione Nazionale Città del Tartufo' represents 19 towns in central Italy who produce truffles commercially. These range from Norcia in Umbria to S.Giovanni d'Asso in Tuscany, Acqualagna in Marche and Agnone in 'Alto Molise'.
Truffle hunters who can't get to Alba should escort their pigs to Lombardia (Borgofranco sul Po), Liguria (Alta Val Bormida), Emilia Romagna (Savigno), Tuscany (San Giovanni d'Asso), Marche (Sant'Agata Feltria), Umbria (Norcia), Lazio (Leonessa) and Molise (San Pietro Avellana).
Nevertheless, Alba is now the main market for both the truffle output of Piemonte and a large part of Italy e.g. Monferrato, Oltrepò Pavese, Emilia Romagna and Marche.