Agriturismo in Umbria


Museum of the Civilization of the Olive Tree

The “Museum of the Civilization of the Olive Tree, created to celebrate the centuries-old local tradition of Trevi, is the first public museum of its kind in Italy and Europe, devoted to oil and the olive tree. The exhibits are structured into four sections:

1.      Botany

2.      Getting to know oil and the olive tree

3.      The olive tree, symbol of peace

4.      History of the olive tree

And it was conceived to offer visitors multimedia and teaching instruments prepared for different reading levels: 

§  information on the olive tree in history, provided by panels with data from the CNR (National Research Center)

§  comic strips by Ro Marcenaro and a cartoon with “The True Story of the Olive Tree” for the kids;

§  interactive mechanisms providing information on the botany, agronomy, and milling techniques;

§  filmed documentaries showing the art of hand-crafting the “fiscolo” (a small basket – a sort of pouch of vegetable fiber, usually cane or albardine – formed by two discs with a center hole, connected along their edge, measuring about 70-40 cm in diameter, used to press the oil from the paste just obtained from the broken olives. In the cellar of the old “mill” there are several examples on display); 

§  the phases of high-density cultivation, the mechanized olive harvesting, the modern systems for extracting the olive oil, and the work of removing the diseased walls from the roots of the olive plant, a technique called “slupatura”.

Inside the museum there are also a tasting point enabling the visitor to learn to distinguish between the various types of oil, and a small chemistry lab.

Those who wish to enrich their table with new and tasty dishes can print out recipes (available in Italian and in English) filed on the computer, preparations created by chef Angelo Paracucchi, based on olives and olive oil.

Also in the museum is a small, precious private collection or archaeological finds connected with the use of oil, made available by Jean Pierre and Fiorella Cottier: a collection of Phoenician oil lamps, some of which dating from the 8th century BC, unguentaria, and other objects decorated with olive-inspired motifs.

A large, rare three-screw press, built between the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and a traditional stone millstone reconstruct the environment of an old “oil mill”, bringing the itinerary to a close.

The Museo della Civiltà dell’Ulivo was opened in November 1999.

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