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Truffles: the soul and passion of San Miniato

San Miniato is a charming village located on top of a hill halfway between Florence and Pisa. This beautiful place is world-famous for its truffles. The right trees and shrubs grow here, the climate is ideal, and the whole area presents a perfectly pristine natural environment.

[Photo credits: Emma Ivarsson]
[Photo credits: Emma Ivarsson]

Here truffles are not just a business but a passion for the local people. Luciano Savini, is the second generation of experts in the art of hunting and making truffle food products. The family is famous for having found a Guinness record-winning truffle weighing in at 1.5 kg in 2007.

"I've got truffles in my veins instead of blood. People say I'm crazy, but I'm not crazy. Truffles are my passion."

[Photo credits: Emma Ivarsson]
[Photo credits: Emma Ivarsson]

The famous white truffle is hunted from September to December, but most of the credit goes to a dog, who runs, sniffs and digs, just like Giotto (Luciano's dog) does:

[Photo credits: Emma Ivarsson]
[Photo credits: Emma Ivarsson]
Dogs are trained to sniff out truffles. They are well-rewarded when they discover a truffle, so that they learn not to eat it. The relationship between dog and owner is always very intense and the dogs are treated as family members.
[Photo credits: Emma Ivarsson]
[Photo credits: Emma Ivarsson]

Truffles are perfect for dressing pasta or meat, sliced or in a sauce. A great opportunity to taste and buy different kinds of products and dishes made with it is the White Truffle Festival in November: sausages, hams, pasta sauces, truffle-filled tortelli or just truffles as they are.

[Photo credits: Emma Ivarsson]
[Photo credits: Emma Ivarsson]

Some general information about truffles by Savini's Family:

- Truffles are mushrooms that grow underground, close to trees or bushes. There are more than twenty-five varieties of truffle in Italy, but only a few are edible and have commercial importance. - The presence of truffles is connected with species of trees and bushes, which are commonly found in Tuscan woods, such as oak trees, poplars, willows, lindens, pines and hazelnuts. - Truffle prices may vary a great deal from year to year. As a general rule, this mainly depends on weather conditions such as rainfall and summer temperatures. - The famous white truffle is hunted from September to December but during spring you can find also the Marzuolo truffle.

See also:

Pisa and its surroundings