Its hill isn't as high, or its surroundings as spectacular as Motovun's, but the sleepy old hilltop town of Buzet (Pinguete in Italian) offers a taste of the timeless grace of old Istria. Settled by the Romans in 177 BC, Buzet achieved real prominence under the Venetians, who endowed it with walls, gates and churches. Its present-day claim to fame is as the self-proclaimed 'City of Truffles', sitting at the gateway to Istria's prime truffle-hunting region.
The old town is quiet but charming, with stone buildings in various stages of decay and restoration, and cobblestone streets nearly deserted (most of Buzet’s residents resettled at the foot of the hill in the unbecoming new part of town long ago). Enjoy a wander around the maze of narrow streets and squares, with sights all well signposted in English.