Istria is a peninsula just south of Trieste in Italy. We visited a "hill town" called Motovun which really did remind us of trips to Tuscany. The claim to fame in the area is also truffles, wildly expensive funghi that the locals use dogs to locate. We did a tasting, and frankly I don't think I will be making fast tracks to the specialty grocery store, but we did have a lunch at an Agrotourism place that made a mean pasta dish with a bit of the stuff.
Motovun is also the birthplace of Mario Andretti back in the day (1941) when it was a part of Italy. Our guide pointed out the street where he drove his wooden cars. Motovun is now a part of Croatia.
In earlier times Motovun was controlled by the Venetians, as was a lot of the Croatian coast. One interesting tidbit was that if the Venetian lion on the sculpture in the town had an open book it was peace time; if the book was closed that indicated turbulent times.
A friend of our guide's brought her truffle hunting dog and showed us how it is done.