Italy

Italian Antitrust Authority Clears Colavita of Wrongdoing

The Italian Antitrust Authority has cleared Colavita Spa of an earlier charge of unfair business practices following a May 2015 report by the consumer magazine Il Test Salvagente.

Michelangelo’s Villa for Sale, Olive Mill Included

The villa that once belonged to Michelangelo, which includes an almost 1,000-year-old olive press and millstone, is going for about $8.4 million.
Special Report

As Promising Harvest Nears in Italy, Favorable Conditions for the Olive Fruit Fly Too

A patchy attack in various parts of the country, due to frequent rains and warm temperatures, have made the last period of the growing season a challenge for olive farmers against one of their most feared pests.

Earthquake in Central Italy: How to Help

In a race against time, the search continues unabated in the hope of finding people still alive.
Olive Oil Times Special

Calabria PGI Gets One Big Step Closer

The PGI ‘Olio di Calabria’ has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. After a five-month period to allow the other member states to submit any objection, the new PGI will be registered.

Apulia Presents EU with Draft Law to Tackle Xf

Apulian President Michele Emiliano met with the EU minister of agriculture to share strategies against the spread of Xylella fastidiosa bacterium and request the closure of infringement procedures.
Special Report

Farmers in Italy Optimistic as Harvest Season Nears

Following a crippling harvest two years ago, and a strong one last year, Italian farmers remain diligent and optimistic as the 2016 harvest approaches.

Europe Opens New Infringement Procedure Over Italy’s Handling of Xylella

Italy has 60 days to respond to a formal letter and take steps to implement the requirements imposed by the European Commission.