The 1000 Miglia in Tuscany’s truffle capital
San Miniato is located in the heart of Tuscany and is called “the city of twenty miles” because it is about 20 km from some of the best-known cities in our region. Many famous people were born or lived here, such as Matilde di Canossa, Francesco Sforza, Lodovico Cardi known as “Il Cigoli” and Giovanbattista Landeschi. Napoleon Bonaparte came to San Miniato in search of noble titles from the Tuscan branch of the Buonaparte family, which had San Miniato origins, such as the Gucci family, the Borromeos, Senator Bucalossi and the Taviani film directors.
San Miniato, a crossroads of routes since antiquity, is located along the Via Francigena and the Romea Strata. The entire territory is dotted with villages, medieval churches and ancient castles. The historic centre, animated by numerous events throughout the year, is a real jewel of medieval layout, with numerous churches, convents and historic buildings, some of which are home to the Museum System, such as the Palazzo Comunale.
San Miniato, renowned for its quality food and wine, is the birthplace of the Tuber Magnatum Pico (Prized White Truffle), the culinary king of many restaurants and various events, first and foremost the Mostra Mercato del Tartufo Bianco delle Colline Sanminiatesi (San Miniato Hills White Truffle Market Fair) held in November.