San Miniato

San Miniato has Etrusco – Roman roots, later invaded by Lombards, who in 783 built here the church dedicated to the Martyr San Miniato from which the town took his name. Among the notorious of history the town hosted the Emperor Federico Barbarossa in 1167, Enrico IV and Ottone IV and many pontiffs like Gregorio V in 996, Eugenio IV and Clemente VII. Later in time Maria Maddalena of Austria and Napoleon where also hosted in San Miniato. Of historical evidence is the Convent of San Francesco donated to the holy FRATE of Assisi by the nobles of San Miniato during his stay on his way back from Pisa in 1211. San Miniato i salso one of the stops on Via Francigena, the piligrinage route taken by Sigerico on his travel from Canterbury to Rome. The famous Tower that dominates the hill was built around 1200 by Federico II and later became the symbol of the Town. Historians say that Pier delle vigne – made famous by Dante’s Commedia – was imprisoned and died here. Giosuè Carducci, the famous italian poet, composed the prose “ Le risorse di San Miniato” in memory of the time spent here as a teacher. The WW II left a big mark and many sears on San Miniato that was the stage of battles and bombardments; later in time the brother Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, both born in San Miniato, inspired by the facts of the City directed, in 1954, the movies “ San Miniato July 1944” and “ La notte di San Lorenzo “ in 1982 one of their most famous movies.

The agriculture of San Miniato as an ancient history, territory known for the cultivation of tomato sanminiatese, artichoke and saffron. SAN MINIATO’S HILLS ARE FAMOUS IN THE WORLD FOR THE WHITE TRUFFLE; A UNIQUE TREASURE GIVEN TO US BY OUR TERRITORY rich in an important viticulute from Roman times (about 600 hectares of vineyard ) native Italian vines are grown in San Miniato, among which the Sangiovese stands out, as well as other native varieties such as Canaiolo, Colorino and Trebbiano, Malvasia Bianca, San Colombana, Canaiolo, and Malvasia Nera. International vines such as Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah are also grown. Curiously enough there is also Tempranillo….its presence here seems to be thanks to the many journeys of pilgrims along the Via Francigena.

The “Associazione Vignaioli” of San Miniato was born in the summer of 2007 thanks to a bunch of wine producers who thought that working together was the best way to draw attention to San Miniato and its territory that was not much explored by wine lovers. A fantastic time of year to visit San Miniato would be during the famous Mostra Mercato Nazionale del tartufo bianco delle Colline Sanminiatesi, or the White Truffle Showcase, which takes place every year during the second, third and fourth weekends in November. Special occasion to enjoy many initiatives and wine tasting organized by Association Vignaioli San Miniato.

Source: Visit Tuscany – Comune San Miniato – Associazione Vignaioli di San Miniato