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San Miniato

Set halfway between Pisa and Florence, the medieval town of San Miniato is about the sleepy mood and the tasty food. Crowning three hills, San Miniato surveys magnificent countryside. On the proverbial fine day you can gaze as far as Volterra and the Apuan Alps from the top of the hill. The lofty fortress, the rebuilt Rocca, stands guard over San Miniato and is the city symbol. The his¬tor¬ic heart of town is delightful and much-underrated. Come for the cobbled streets, the sinuous facades, the handsome mansions and medieval churches. San Miniato is the perfect antidote to the excessive tourism in Tuscan towns such as San Gimignano. Heritage aside, to most Italians, San Miniato means one thing only: white truffles. The town produces a quarter of Tuscany's crop, even if many end up in the best local inns. An autumn visit will show you what the fuss is all about.

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