The municipality of San Miniato in the Province of Pisa, famous city of the leaning tower, is located on the border between Florence and Pisa. A vast municipality with a historic center distributed over three hills and the plain of the Arno river. A major tourist destination, San Miniato boasts a place of importance in the economic and industrial center of leather that includes several municipalities on the Arno that work leather, and leather goods.
In San Miniato there are many churches and historic buildings to visit, but surely the most exciting event held in San Miniato is the National White Truffle Show of the San Miniato hills that takes place during the last three weekends of November. In addition, in some hamlets of the village there are the Truffle Festival of Corazzano, the Truffle Festival and the Balconevisi Mushroom, the Marzuolo Truffle Festival of Cigoli.
The start time is customizable.
In addition to the art and history that San Miniato holds, truffles are certainly one of the most important products in agro-food production, followed by wine and oil. In San Miniato there is the White Truffle, the Tuber Magnatum Pico, also called the “King’s Food”, and in 1954 in these lands, a few centimeters deep in the ground, the largest truffle was found, which weighed 2,520 grams .
An outdoor experience such as the white truffle hunting of San Miniato will allow you to discover why the white truffle is so expensive and valuable. Also during the hunt the turtufo hunter, together with his dog, will explain to you how to look for truffles and in which seasons you can find the white truffle.
You will meet with the truffle hunter, at the appointed time, he will explain to you how your hunting experience takes place and he will give you a pair of rubber boots to walk in the damp woodland.
When you have known the truffle dog and learned the basics you will start walking in the woods. A fundamental part of the experience is the figure of the dog, in fact he will be sniffing the ground to show you where the white truffle of San Miniato is located.
The White Truffle can only be found in some lands and woods of Tuscany. Your hunting guide will explain to you near which trees you can find truffles, so when the trained dog shows you the place where the gold pearl is located, you can begin to dig very carefully into the ground and carefully extract the prized white truffle.
Truffle hunting will last about two hours, at the end of the experience you can leave the forest and continue your tours in Tuscany.