Tuscany
Destination
4 hours
Duration
Ita-Eng
Language
1+
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In Seggiano, ancient flavours and olive oil

I will welcome you to the farm in Seggiano for a walk among our Olivastra Seggianese olive trees. You will learn their fascinating history, pruning and training, olive harvest and extra virgin olive oil storage.

After tasting together two of our olive oils PDO (EU protected designation of origin), we will also enjoy some typical Tuscan dishes such as “bruschetta” (slices of toasted bread) with olive oil, cream of potato, “ciambellone” (an Italian ring-shaped cake) and ice cream made with our oil, paired with a glass of wine.

After lunch, you will visit with a guide the Museum of Olive Oil in Seggiano to discover the recovery of its historic centre between oratories, churches and an ancient olive oil mill.

In a nineteenth-century cistern, the roots of a Olivastra Seggianese olive tree grow in mid-air. The trunk and the crown of this tree adorn a small square above the cistern, which overlooks the olive and chestnut groves of Mount Amiata. The olivastra tree in the cistern is the largest plant in the world growing with aeroponics.


The Expert Mirko: my passion for olive trees originates from the “bruschetta” (slices of toasted bread) that my grandparents and parents prepared when I was a child, from the days spent playing around the trees. Our olive groves are located in Seggiano, a small village of a thousand inhabitants at the foot of Mount Amiata in the province of Grosseto. The native variety of this territory is the Olivastra Seggianese, cultivated by Benedictine monks since 1300 BC.

WhereSeggiano, Grosseto – 50 min from Pienza and Montepulciano
WhenEveryday – duration 4 hours
Start timeFlexible start time by agreement with the Expert
What’s included
Walk in the farmLunch in Seggiano
Olive oil tastingVisit to the Museum of Olive Oil with guide
What’s not included
Transport

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My passion for olive trees originates from the “bruschetta” (slices of toasted bread) that my grandparents and parents prepared when I was a child, from the days spent playing around the trees. This has always been our family passion, because olive harvest was a joy for my grandparents and olive oil was an important resource for the whole year.

Our olive groves are located in Seggiano, a small village of a thousand inhabitants at the foot of Mount Amiata in the province of Grosseto. The native variety of this territory is the Olivastra Seggianese, cultivated by Benedictine monks since 1300 BC.

The olive harvest takes place from early October until late November. We largely pick the olives by hand as to avoid stressing our tall, age-old Olivastra Seggianese olive trees. Year after year, mechanical techniques have been added to this method, but not for a complete harvest: only men with traditional wooden ladders can reach the highest fronds. We press the olives immediately after harvesting in order to maintain all their properties.

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