The Italian Almanac

olive oil

Italian News - November 27

The growing interest in quality olive oil has resulted in a boom for farm tourism with over two million people a year now visiting oil mills to buy their oil straight from the source. According to the Italian olive oil producers' consortium Unaprol, olive oil tourism this year will generate over 1.8 billion euros in business.

The explanation for the popularity of this form of tourism, Unaprol said, was "the increasing interest in quality and authenticity of olive oil, which today can only be guaranteed by buying the oil at its source or with the PDO (protected designation of origin) label".

Italy currently has recognised 17 olive oil 'roads' or itineraries on which tourists can find not only olive oil mills, but also olive-producing farms, restaurants and holiday farms, where guests can purchase quality oil and other local cuisine specialities.

Other sector attractions for tourists which are unique to Italy include the 3000-year-old olive tree in Cannetto di Sabine north of Rome, the centuries-old olive groves in the region of Puglia, the olive tree 'forests' on the Gioia Tauro plain in Calabria and in the central region of Molise and the terraced olive groves which an be found in the coastal region of Liguria, along the Amalfi coast and south of Salerno.