CCP virus restrictions in Italy have led to shorter restaurant opening hours and the cancelling of annual fairs important for truffle hunters.
“During the fair, huge crowds pour into Acqualagna, and during that time we are able to sell well, even the smaller pieces,” said Giorgio Remedia, a truffle hunter in Acqualagna, Italy.
Remedia usually sells these nuggets to some 80,000 visitors that come for the annual truffle festival. But the month-long festival was cancelled for the first time in more than half a century. With Europe grappling with the resurgent CCP virus, City officials estimate a loss of 3 million euros from truffle trading and truffle tourism.