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Rock Star Invites Tourists to Help With Olive Harvest

Sep. 2, 2014
Chris Lindahl

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Former Police front­man Sting is invit­ing tourists to assist with the olive har­vest on his Tuscan estate.

For €262 ($345), inter­ested olive oil afi­ciona­dos have the oppor­tu­nity to spend the day on the sprawl­ing 900-acre estate, Il Palagio, located 45 min­utes south­east of Florence. It fea­tures ter­raced gar­dens, olive groves, vine­yards, bee­hives and a wooded areas where wild boars roam free. Purchased by Sting and his wife Trudy in 1997, the estate has been fully restored and has nearly dou­bled in size.

Il Palagio paints the oppor­tu­nity as a full-fledged Mediterranean agri­cul­tural learn­ing expe­ri­ence, accord­ing to a release.

Start the day with a pic­nic on the expan­sive lawn and a brief­ing from the estate man­ager to help you under­stand your work as a farmer-for-a-day: learn about the soil, the vines and trees, and tech­niques for har­vest­ing,” read the state­ment.


Sting lists the olive groves as one of his favorite spots on the estate, and names pick­ing olives as a ther­a­peu­tic activ­ity.

The estate sells its prod­ucts online and at loca­tions across the United States and United Kingdom, includ­ing Harrods in London. A per­cent­age of prof­its are donated to orga­ni­za­tions like the Soil Association, ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing organic farm­ing in the UK, and to the couple’s own Rainforest Association.

Sting’s Il Palagio Estate in Tuscany

The estate sells its oils, wine, veg­eta­bles, fruit and salami in a farm stand nearby.

In an inter­view with The Olive Oil Merchant blog, Paolo Rossi, Il Pagio’s estate man­ager, said his olive oil is a cut above the rest.

The main dif­fer­ence? Attention to the small­est details and love,” he said.

According to its web­site, the olive trees at the estate date back hun­dreds of years. Instead of rely­ing on irri­ga­tion, the trees are cared for in a much more labor-inten­sive process and the olives are har­vested by hand..


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