Frantoi Aperti (Open oil mills)

From 1st to 25th November tastings and guided visits in the oil mills of Umbria.

Frantoi Aperti (Open oil mills) is a unique initiative dedicated to the promotion of PDO extra virgin olive oil of Umbria and tourism in the countryside during the period of pressing: this year the event, now in its 21st edition, will be held from 1st to 25th November.

For 4 weekends you will be able to participate in tastings, walks, olive harvest and concerts to celebrate the arrival of the new extra virgin olive oil, together with the other food and wine excellencies of the Italian Green Heart.

At the centre of the event there will be the oil mills of the towns joining the initiative, where it will be possible to discover many agricultural and food products of quality, including obviously the freshly-milled olive oil.

The visit to oil mills will allow you to fully breathe their atmosphere, for example by assisting in the pressing of olives, thanks to the welcoming and guidance of the mill operator, by warming up in front of the fireplace, by appreciating, through the tastings accompanied by toasted bread and wine, the characteristics of the new oil and by participating in the many initiatives organized.

There will also be live music, cooking shows, trekking through the olive groves, fun activities and entertainment for children.

Open oil mills is also synonymous with the opening of special places: during the entire event there will be thematic routes linked to ancient olive trees, medieval castles, Romanesque churches and abbeys.



The Assisi-Spoleto Olive Area
Umbria is a region almost entirely marked by the presence of the olive tree, especially in the area that goes from Assisi to Spoleto, where there are thirty-five linear kilometres of hills marked by olive groves that, in their development, connect architectural, historical and artistic pearls that are among the most beautiful ones in the world. 
In order to defend and enhance the peculiarities of this "Olive Area", a process of recognition of the landscape has been undertaken for some time now and it was recently recognized, to the Assisi-Spoleto Olive Area, the value of Historic Rural Landscape by the Ministry of Agriculture.
The six promoting municipalities - Spoleto, Trevi, Assisi, Spello, Foligno and Campello sul Clitunno - which have been participating for years in Open oil mills, now aim to recognize the landscape within the "Giahs Program" (Globally important agricultural heritage systems) of FAO, the UN food and agriculture organization. 
If the efforts of the municipalities are rewarded, the Spoleto-Assisi Olive Area will be the first territory recognized as a FAO Food Landscape in Europe. 


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