I'm standing in a room with a glass in a holster around my neck and I'm surrounded by truffles. I'm talking the "dog snuffled" variety, not the chocolates. White truffles at that – the most prized of all. And I am in heaven. I'm in Alba in Piedmont, an hour from Turin in Italy for the annual International Alba White Truffle Fair or Fiera del Tartuf...

The annual white truffle festival is not the only reason to visit this atmospheric hilltop Tuscan town. The name San Miniato is almost synonymous with tartufo bianco, or white truffle. Halfway between Florence and Pisa, the small town is world famous for its annual white truffle festival. For three weekends every November the squares and streets of...