Motovun is a little town situated on hill elevated 277 meters above sea level. It is the best preserved Istrian medieval fort, and it is of great importance to Croatian culture and heritage. River Mirna runs in the valley below, surrounded by a deciduous forests filled with oak trees which it nurtures. The forest contains truffle habitats. Truffles can be found 5 to 30 centimeters beneath the surface of the soil. They are retrived with the help of animals, mostly dogs. Motovun was initially made famous by it's fictional giant Joža from the tale “Veli Jože“ written by the Croatian writer Vladimir Nazor, and by the Motovun film festival in more modern times.