San Miniato (located in the province of Pisa) has long been dubbed the City of White Truffle, which is enough for drawing the curiosity of dainty feeders in search of peak quality cuisine. Though some tend to prioritize the gastronomic identity of San Miniato which, thus, would overshadow all the other tourist assets of the city, visitors should keep in mind this Tuscan city, historically speaking, has long been considered of major importance, given its excellent geographical and strategic position. Thus, just as San Gimignano, San Miniato used to stretch along Via Francigena, a position greatly valuable as to the economical benefits of the town. Adding the fact that San Maniato lies on the cross point of Pisa and Florence, on the one hand, and Siena and Lucca, on the other hand, the historic significance of this hillside Tuscan city is easily understandable.

Moreover, this fortunate location is still appreciated today from a tourist point of view, given the town obviously stands out as one of the finest starting points for exploring the main highlights of Tuscany. With respect to its inherent tourist assets, there are some religious edifices which are worth visiting, such as the Cathedral (il Duomo) and its adjoining bell tower, the Church of San Francesco, the Church of San Domenico and the Convent of San Francesco, all of these dating back as far as the 13th century. A number of palaces are also valuable as to their ability to attract tourists, of which Palazzo dei Vicari, Palazzo Comunale, Palazzo Roffia and Palazzo Grifoni are the most advisable. The Diocesan Museum adds to the tourist assets of San Miniato, and it is extremely valuable, artistically speaking, since is exhibits works pertaining to Filippo Lippi, Empoli, Fra Bartolomeo and Verrocchio, just to cite a few.

San Miniato, Italy

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