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San Miniato is an enchanting little town located in the beautiful Tuscany region.

The first settlement in the area go back to the Paleolithic era. Both Etruscans and Romans have lived here. During the medieval period the city was crossed by the via Francigena, the most important route among Rome and Northern Europe. Many armies passed by together with merchants and travelers. Under the Frederick Barbarossa domination the city was fortified with walls and towers. During the first half of the 13th century San Miniato passed under the Florentine dominion until 1860 when it was annexed in the newly born Italian Kingdom.

This small village has a lot to offers to its visitors. Famous is the 13th century Tower of Frederick, from which it is possible to enjoy a breath-taking view of the Valdarno. The tower was destroyed by the Nazi during the Second World War but luckily it was rebuilt in the late ’50. The Cathedral of Sant’Assunta and San Genesio, also simply known as Duomo di San Miniato, has a unique façade decorated with majolica bowls. The church was initially built in Romanesque style, it was later remodeled several times, and today we can see also a Gothic and Renaissance influence. The Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall) was built during the 14th century and has a beautiful great hall. The building is still used as San Miniato’s City Hall! Worth a visit are the Church of San Francesco and the Church of San Domenico both built between the 13th and 14th century. Visitors of San Miniato can also enjoy the view of many beautiful Palazzi built during the Renaissance Period by the local aristocratic families.

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San Miniato is mostly known around the world for the white truffles, which is possible to find in the area around the town. The white truffle is even more valuable than the black one. The month of November is dedicated to this precious truffle with a three weeks long festival.

In 1954 an incredible 2.5 kg white truffle was found and it was sent as a gift to the United States President Eisenhower!

 

Private Tuscany Truffle Hunting and Cooking Class Tour

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From: $287.28

tour duration

10 Hours

start time

08:00 AM
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, sun

meeting point

Pick-up at your hotel, more details at booking

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TOUR ITINERARY

Your private driver will pick you up in the morning to bring you on a charming full day excursion that will include a unique truffle hunting experience and a private cooking class!

Your journey will start immediately while you enjoy the enchanting views from the car. You will reach soon the beautiful truffles region where the search and use of truffles has a very long tradition. The white truffle is part of the history of this area. In the San Miniato area and in hilly Volterra, fairs and village banquets celebrate the maturing of this tasty parasite, which thrives under oak trees and poplars.

During your guided tour, you will accompany a licensed truffle hunter and his trained truffle-sniffing dog in an exciting hunt for truffles! At the end of your hunting you will visit a Truffle Factory, where the owners will explain how they work on truffles, and will offer you a delightful tasting of their products before sampling same typical dishes.

Your tour will continue with the visit of the charming San Miniato, a small village famous for truffles in Tuscany. Here you will have time to explore this enchanting town on your own. We also suggest to enjoy a meal in one of the characteristic restaurants that the city offers! Just be sure to return in time for your cooking class!

Your next stop will be in Figline Valdarno an Arcadian oasis surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Here, you will be given a private lesson in the preparation of authentic Tuscan cuisine by a local chef. The concept of the cooking class is to focus on seasonal dishes so the ingredients used will be fresh.  You will then of course enjoy what you have prepared along with selected wines that accompany the menu.

At the end of your tour meet your driver again to return to your accommodations in Florence.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Round trip transportation with private car

– Expert English speaking driver and guide

– Truffle Hunting

– Visit of a Truffle Factory with sampling of typical dishes

– Independent visit of San Miniato

– Cooking Class and Dinner

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Tuscany landscapes

– Chianti Hills

– San Miniato

– Figline Valdarno

-Truffle Factory

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking

– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.

– Adult pricing applies to all travelers.

Departure point:

Pick-up at your accommodation

Duration:
10 hours

Return details:
Drop-off at your Accommodation