The truffle grows spontaneously in the forest undergrowth and is the product par excellence of Umbria. Umbria is a privileged environment for harvesting the truffle. The unusual conformation of our mountains, together with its perfect geographical aspect and its abundant, uncontaminated woodlands, make this area a true paradise for the truffle. Tartufi Alfonso Fortunati actually began in the heart of Umbria in Campello sul Clitunno, an area of great artistic beauty and exceptional landscape, with the Fonti del Clitunno considered first and foremost a “true naturalistic jewel”. This truly lovely place has for centuries inspired travellers and poets, such as Giosuè Carducci who wrote his work here entitled “Alle fonti del Clitumno”, the ode which is considered “the highest, the most solemn, the most classical” of all the “Odi Barbare”; Virgil eulogises it in his second book of the Georgics for its white oxen and for herds which were raised here and Lord Byron in his trip throughout Italy dedicates a few verses to this very area and to the River Clitunno, describing it later as “the most gracious little stream of all poetry”. Byron also mentions the Tempietto del Clitunno, a small shrine situated approximately 1 km downstream from the springs of the River Clitunno, considered one of the most interesting late- mediaeval monuments in Umbria. The Tempietto is counted as one of the seven jewels of Lombard art and architecture in Italy and was recently included in the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage list. Some of the most beautiful and most popular towns in Umbria, including Spoleto, Trevi and Assisi, known for their historic and artistic interest are but a few kilometres away from Campello sul Clitunno.