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Olive Oil: Apulia's Green Gold

Olive oil is considered being Apulia region's gold (Puglia). Apulia produced almost 2 million tons of oil annually. Vast expanses of olive groves are the backdrop of this land exposed to the sun, and bordered by the sea.
The millstones and old mills, represent the ancestral respect and devotion of this people for this special tradition of flavor.
In some villages of Salento, placed along the coast or in the inland, the cultivation and care of olive trees, authentic monuments of nature, is a costum, a fine art with a long story: from pruning to harvesting, from grinding to consumption.Olives
Olive oil represents a strong attraction for the whole territory starting from Salento area  to Gargano peninsula. From the mountains of the Daunian sub-Apennines to the slopes of Serre Salentine, you are completely astonished by the great and noble centuries-old olive trees, that have become part of the landscape.
From north to south, there are countless lands allocated for these crops, many of which are used for growing organic farming. However, for a wine and food tour in the region of Apulia aimed to the discovery of PDO olive oil, it is worth visiting the main production areas. The travel starts with the oil Collina di Brindisi, produced in the homonymous area of Brindisi and in the municipality of Carovigno, Ceglie, Messapica, Cisternino, Fasano, Ostuni, San Michele Salentino, San Vito dei Normanni and Villa Castelli.
In the whole area of the province of Foggia is produced the extra virgin olive oil Dauno (PDO).The olive oil Terra d'Otranto (PDO) comes from the lands of the province of Lecce and many cities of the province of Taranto.
Finally, the olive groves of the city of Bari and of the surrounding areas, produce the extra vergin olive oil named Terra di Bari (PDO), which includes the oil Castel del MonteBitontoMurgia dei Trulli and of Grotte. If you want to know more about Ostuni and its thousand year-old-trees, please take a look at the following link.

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Events

  • Benvenolio
    In order to honor this antique tradition, "BenvenOlio," an event dedicated to freshly pressed olives has been created, taking place every year in the various mills of Salento, celebrating "green gold," the primary ingredient of the Mediterranean diet.  In three weekends, between late October and early November, tastings, the olive harvests, school visits, and meetings are open to all.  A rich and varied program which provides a host of events organized specifically by individual farms and participating mills.  Among the initiatives are guided tours and training for families and school groups who actively participate in the harvesting and pressing of the olives.

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How to Get There

  • By Train
    The closes station is in Lecce. From there you can reach various destinations by taking the local trains on the south-east line, or coach buses.
  • By Air
    The closest airport is in Brindisi, 50 kilometers from Lecce. There are buses here that connect the airport to the city.