3.5 hours

Salento: discover the culture of olive oil!

Learn about Salento’s olive oil culture between ancient and modern Apulian olive oil mills. Visit the 18th-century hypogeum oil mill and the modern oil mill. Taste the famous Salento extra virgin olive oil paired with traditional Apulian foods.

What you’ll do

  • Visit the Museum of Rural Civilisation in Giuggianello
  • Admire the 18th-century underground olive oil mill (now Salento Olive Oil Museum)
  • Discover the modern Apulian olive oil mill in Cursi
  • Taste Salento extra virgin olive oil and traditional Apulian foods

Group Tour: 4+ people. For groups under 4 people, ask for a customized experience

Price per person: € 65

What to expect

Our Food Expert will guide you on this fascinating experiential and cultural journey to discover the Apulian olive oil mills and the extra virgin olive oil culture in Salento.

We will accompany you to the Salento hinterland between Giuggianello and Cursi. There the places will tell you about traditions, hard work in the fields, Apulian oil mills and expanses of centuries-old olive trees.

Around the Salento culture of extra virgin olive oil revolves a unique experience in one of the most evocative olive oil mills in Puglia. We will guide you through a visit to the Museum of Rural Life in Giuggianello, the 18th century underground olive oil mill (now the Salento Olive Oil Museum) and our modern Apulian olive oil mill in Cursi. You will take part in a tasting of Apulian extra virgin olive oil and traditional foods.

You will discover the most important species of olive trees grown throughout the Salento region: Ogliarola leccese, Cellina di Nardò and Leccino. These plants have adapted to our soil over the centuries, producing an extra virgin oil with distinctive organoleptic characteristics.

But you won’t be able to fully understand the importance of this precious ingredient without visiting Puglia’s underground olive oil mills. They are true Salento symbols dedicated to the work of man. It was in these ancient workshops dug into the rock that the Nachiro, together with his faithful collaborators and animals (especially docile donkeys), settled down from October to March to produce Apulian olive oil.

Where Giuggianello, Lecce – 28 min from Lecce
When On Saturdays or Sundays – duration 3.5 hours
Start time 9 a.m.
Language  Italian, English and Spanish
Important information
  • We suggest that you wear comfortable clothing for the Salento olive oil tour.
  • Minimum number of participants 4. In case the minimum amount of participants is not reached, the traveller will be offered an alternative date or a refund.
What’s included
Visit to the Museum of peasant civilization in Giuggianello
Visit to the Olive Oil Museum (underground olive mill)
Visit to the modern olive mill in Cursi
Tasting: olive oil from Salento & local food delicacies
What’s not included

Price per person: € 65

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The Food Expert:

Our family history is a story about land. It was 1961 when the love for our olive oil tradition led to the creation of our farm. In the farm three generations live and work: we are born and bread among olive trees, with the heady scent of olive oil.

The passion of a family and 50 hectares of land are among the values that distinguish our farm, which today has got hundreds of hectares of olive trees in the Salento area. I will take you on this journey to discover the Apulian olive oil mills in Salento and the Olive Oil Museum located in an old underground olive oil mill.

Cancellation policy: all bookings can be cancelled within 3 days from the start date of the experience. Read the Terms and Conditions.

A story about olive oil and olive trees, mothers and fathers, work and sacrifice: the authentic life of an Apulian family.

Our farm and olive oil mill are located in Salento, a land of ancient olive oil tradition.
We are in Cursi in the province of Lecce and it is 1961. Fifty hectares of land and the dream of a father and his son. Since then the love for olive trees, closely connected to the Apulian culture, and the respect for nature have been the values that distinguish our farm work, today carried out by the two brothers of the family.

The farm has got hundreds of hectares of olive trees in the Salento area. It has got a future-oriented approch, with the adoption of the newest farming techniques and with an eye towards protecting the environment and the biodiversity of our territory.

The olive harvest begins in October through mechanical shaking. The olives are then immediately taken to olive mill for cold pressing, so to ensure the production of authentic extra virgin olive oil, the fruit of our knowledge and traditions.


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