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The history of olive oil in Tuscany: from sacred ointment to product of excellence

In Tuscany, the olive tree was considered sacred since Etruscan times, not only for religious reasons: the oil obtained was of great value and was exported throughout the Mediterranean basin. In Mugello, the cultivation of olive trees came later than the southern part of Tuscany, mostly because of the weather a little bit colder. In recent years, however, this type of cultivation has produced excellent results.At Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort cultivation of olive trees dates back to at least the last century: among the historical documents preserved in the archives of the Villa there is one dated 1861, which lists the products of the valuable Roti Michelozzi farm (actually Villa Campestri), including stands out the extra-virgin olive oil.

With the purchase of the Villa by the Pasquali family in the early 90’s, olive cultivation has expanded and has become one of the main activities of the new Resort: every year we produce our olive oil, called “L’Olio di Cosimo“: to do it we personally cultivate our olive groves in an organic way, we proceed to the olive harvest in October and November and we process them in our mill.

Just careful production and processing: our olive oil bear every year the mark TREE, or Ethics Excellence and Economy, which attests the excellent quality, recently recognized in a Washington Post article.

In addition, to preserving the best characteristics of L’Olio di Cosimo and of all other oils for our olive oil tastings, we designed the patent OliveToLive: a machine that allows you to keep the oil under nitrogen while keeping intact the organoleptic qualities.

In these weeks of November we’ll tell you more about the harvest of our olives and if you wish to taste the quality, we suggest that you immediately try one of our sensory olive oil tasting.

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Populonia: the Etruscan city on the sea

On the Maremma coast of Tuscany, near Piombino, overlooking the Gulf of Baratti we find Populonia: the Etruscan city-state forming part of the Dodecapoli located in Etruria, the only one of the twelve Etruscan cities overlooking the sea. During the entire period of Etruscan splendor, Populonia never experienced a crisis, continuing to develop thanks to […]

Beautiful sea in Tuscany? Here’s Where To Go

Tuscany is not only a region rich in cultural and artistic heritage and good food, but it also has 633 kilometers of coastline and makes up 8% of the Italian coasts. Most of the coast is suitable for swimming and there are also marine parks. According to the assessments of Legambiente and the Touring Club, […]

Florentine tripe: the traditional recipe

Tripe is an ingredient that was widely used until not many years ago, by some even considered a real delicacy, which today is often forgotten, with the exception of some typical trattorias scattered throughout Italy. We are talking about tripe, that is the stomach of pigs and cattle. The most used is the rumen of […]

Piero della Francesca in Arezzo: an Itinerary to discover the Master’s Works

Piero di Benedetto de’ Franceschi, more commonly known as Piero della Francesca, was one of the most important exponents of the Italian Renaissance and humanist painting of the time. Also famous for his excellent mathematical and geometric skills, he brought a profound innovation to painting and therefore to art in general: perspective, an artistic style […]

Florentine’s Schiacciata, the typical soft cake of Carnival

Imagine a dark lily that stands out against a white coat of icing sugar. Where could you possibly find yourself if not in Florence? And that’s not all: because the Florentine Schiacciata is the Florentine sweet of Carnival par excellence, known in every Tuscan city. Although it is a simple, popular recipe, born as an […]

Chianti Areas: What They Are and What to See

The Tuscany region is rich in places of interest, from cultural to maritime ones, also passing through gastronomy, and among these we can also find the Chianti areas. By hills of Chianti, or also called Monti del Chianti, we mean an area that extends more than 20 km, between the provinces of Siena, Florence and […]

Trattorias Florence: History, Curiosity and List of the Best

The city of Florence has always been famous for its artistic and cultural heritage and was also the capital from 3 February 1865 to 3 February 1871. Another important tradition of this city, and of Tuscany in general, however, are also the typical trattorias. These are convivial places in which to eat well, which were […]

Monteriggioni: what to see and where to eat

In the heart of the “Montagnola Senese”, a hilly area that embellishes the hinterland of the province of Siena, stands a village that seems to have stopped in the time of fairy tales. Monteriggioni, a few houses surrounded by a circular wall dotted with watchtowers. From above it looks like a castle of enormous dimensions, […]