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Girolio d'Italia 'Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tour' Underway in Italy

Nov. 9, 2012
Luciana Squadrilli

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After Extrascape, the first inter­na­tional con­test for extra vir­gin olive oils and olive-grow­ing land­scapes, and in the wake of the 2011 edi­tion of the Forum Dieta Mediterranea held in La Spezia, Liguria — where the the nom­i­na­tion of the olive-grow­ing land­scape for UNESCO World Heritage list was announced – this year edi­tion of Girolio d’Italia, too, will have olive land­scape as a main theme.

Girolio started from Otranto, an enchant­ing small town deep down in Apulia – Italy’s main olive oil pro­ducer. All the regional stopovers are con­nected thanks to the com­mon value of an olive-grow­ing land­scape, in a sym­bolic changeover.

We chose to con­se­crate the 2012 edi­tion of Girolio d’Italia to the olive-grow­ing land­scape as it is an invalu­able her­itage to be pre­served,” said Enrico Lupi, National Association of Oil Cities chair­man, for the essen­tial con­tri­bu­tion it gives to Italian agri­cul­ture and its thou­sand-year-old cul­ture. The pro­gres­sive aban­don­ment of the olive-grow­ing areas in Italy, and its well-known con­se­quences for the lans­d­scape and the hydro­ge­o­log­i­cal sys­tem plan, high­light the need of a prompt inter­ven­tion to pre­serve, pro­mote and improve it,” both for extra vir­gin oil pro­duc­ers and for the tourism incomes of the Oil Cities.”

After Otranto, Girolio will stop in the fol­low­ing regions and cities dur­ing eleven weeks, cov­er­ing much more than the 1,000 kilo­me­ters that sep­a­rate Apulia from Trentino, where the tour will end on December 22, in the lovely moun­tain vil­lage of Tenno:

Selci Sabina (Lazio)
Falerone (Marche)
Montecchio (Umbria)
Muggia (Friuli Venezia Giulia)
Marone (Lombardia)
Sestri Levante (Liguria)
Brisighella and
Imola (Emilia Romagna)
Oliena (Sardegna)

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Cerreto Sannita (Campania)
Arquà Petrarca (Veneto)
Seggiano (Toscana)
Ficarra and
Sant’Angelo di Brolo (Sicily)
Matera (Basilicata)
Vallefiorita (Calabria)
Larino (Molise)
Pescara (Abruzzo)
then the final stop in Tenno


Every loca­tion will host tast­ings of the new extra vir­gin olive oil, olive oil-themed cook­ing classes, work­shops about olive-grow­ing land­scapes and folk­lore per­for­mances. Young peo­ple will be involved through the pre­sen­ta­tion of an olive tree to a local school, a gift from the for­mer stop.

Anyone can fol­low the event thanks to a ded­i­cated app launched by the National Association of Oil Cities to dis­cover Italy’s her­itage of cen­tury-old olive trees, olive oil-related itin­er­aries and olive oil pro­duc­ers and restau­rants through­out the coun­try.



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