THE HUNT

High in the hills of Maremma lies the Valle di Buriano, a wild boar hunting reserve where the cacciarelle (wild boar hunts) are still a practised tradition and pastime amongst Tuscan men old and young. As the Tuscan sun rises an early start to a long day merits a meal of cured meats and wine, then while a few hunt from the safety of the palchetti (hides on stilts), others round the boar with packs of local dogs. It takes great skill to make that essential clean hit. Before the men and the dogs take their share of the day’s spoils home to their families they honour the kill with a rich feast of meat and local produce cooked over an open fire.