San Miniato
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A Truffle Extravaganza in San Miniato
Some say that in 1954, in the woods of the Medieval town of San Miniato, someone found a 5.5 pound tartufo bianco (white truffle)—the largest truffle ever found. Regardless of whether or not this is true, the little Tuscan town set between the more famed Florence and Pisa is a white truffle mecca, and every fall the locals invite people from around the world to their exquisite truffle festival. Vendors can be seen predominantly on Piazza del Duomo, near the town's incredible views. You can revel in truffle samples before your spend your entire life's savings on all kinds of truffles and truffle products. Alongside these magnificent treasures, locals sell other foods (cheeses, olive oils, cold cuts, breads, chocolates, olives, and other delights) and artisanal crafts. When I went, there was also an exhibition of outfits made out of materials such as ties and color swatches, as well as a giant Pinocchio made partly out of corks.
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