"Buzet/Pinguente" Buzet by JLBG

Buzet Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 18 photos

Buzet is in Northern Central Istria. It lies at the foot of the Cicarija Mountain, not far from the source of the river Mirna. The old part of the town is on an isolated hilltop, 151 m high. The Romans named the settlement Pinquentum that explains that the istriot/Italian name of the city is Pinguente, rarely used. It was fortified in the Middle Ages by the Venetians, who gave it its present shape. The two town gates are well preserved, the Big Gate dating back to 1547, the Small Gate to 1592. It is a small town (6;059 inhabitants) that prizes itself as "the city of truffles"

More on Buzet at this link which writes (I quote) : "The land of our heart-shaped peninsula consists of two types of soil texture; the intensely red one in the coastal area and of the grey, clayish one in its central part. The truffle grows exactly in this grey soil, its epicenter being in the damp Motovun forest constantly moistened by the Mirna river flowing through its woods. To be more precise, it is mainly spotted in the County District of Oprtalj, by the townlet of Livade, and in the Buzet area, where Buzet has already been renowned as the TRUFFLE PLACE."

Would you believe that France has two "Buzet". Buzet-sur-Baïse, between Bordeaux and Toulouse (120 km from each) and Buzet-sur-Tarn, 20 km from Toulouse. The most amazing thing is that both cities produce wine and black truffles ! There are also two other Buzet in Belgium, but they produce neither wine nor truffle but may be beer and potatoes. However, as potatoes were named tartifles in old french because they more or less looked like truffles, there might also be a connection with these!

  • Last visit to Buzet: Oct 2004
  • Intro Updated May 6, 2009
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    On our trip there we did not have time to see this-but wished we did. Thanks for the tips and photos to remember

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    I've never tried Truffle's but did see shops selling them in France.
    The guy does look like he may be the owner of the house, certainly doesn't look real historical!

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    This looks a lovely place. I know about the two French Buzets - but have had conflicting discusions with local people and French teachers about the pronunciation - silent or soft "t" at the end of Buzet. Big Brother scares me!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    What a lovely place. Wonderful tips with awesome photography. I hate to rate and run, but the family is taking me out, hopefull they do not leave me somewhere:)

  • May 6, 2009 at 7:10 PM

    Excellent information

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2008 at 3:32 AM

    Another little gem of a town. How do you find them Jean-Louis??

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2007 at 1:11 AM

    It's always nice to read about places that produce truffles. Good that you didn't let the Microsoft software change "Big Gate" to "Bill Gates"!

  • Pete.Gibson's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2005 at 1:51 AM

    I love to explore your small out of the way places like here.. you always have so much detail to read, Thanks again

  • Jasen71's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2005 at 10:03 PM

    Bonjour! Nice, so did you eat any truffles yourself? Merci Jasen

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2005 at 11:02 AM

    Interesting discoverings! Haha, I often take pictures of cemeteries unless they are not interesting = rarely.


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