Open mills and timeless beauty

Italy – After the Roveto Valley, also in the province of L’Aquila, it is up to Navelli and the municipalities of the Tirino Valley, Capestrano, Ofena and Carapelle Calvisio to celebrate the green gold with the initiative Frantoi Aperti which will be held on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November. To open its doors, from 10 to 18, the Frantoio Di Iorio in Piazza San Pelino in Navelli, the oil mill Palomba in Via Borgo in Civitaretenga, the oil mill Ottaviani in Santa Pelagia di Capestrano, the oil mill Lancione of the district Le Fonnere in Ofena and the oil mill Antonacci in Via Capestrano in Carapelle Calvisio.

Navelli, a medieval village among the “most beautiful in Italy” located in the mountains of the Abruzzo Apennines, already known for the chickpea of Navelli Slow Food Presidium and Saffron PDO, and the surrounding area are dressed up to enhance the rural landscape of the region, the villages and the production of oil at the end of the harvest and pressing of the olives.

In addition to the ancient tradition of olive growing, Navelli offers many reasons to be visited. At about 700 meters, the village of Abruzzo strikes at first glance for its beautiful location and the brightness of its stones. Like a pyramid of houses and alleys gilded by the patina of time, the village is looked at from a distance from the profile of the Majella and the grandeur of the Gran Sasso. From a naturalistic point of view, it is considered the “gateway to the parks”, being at the crossroads between the Gran Sasso-Monti della Laga National Park and the Sirente-Velino Regional Park. Precisely because of its enviable position, the territory is suitable for horseback riding or mountain biking, trekking in nature reserves and pleasant autumn excursions.

For those who want to complete a 100% experience dedicated to green gold, there is the so-called “golden triangle” of Loreto Aprutino, Pianella and Moscufo, where the best oil products are produced and right here, in the heart of the hills of Pescara in Loreto Aprutino, visit the Oil Museum. Unique in its kind was set up in the former oil mill Baldini-Palladini and, after careful restoration, offers a tour on two levels illustrating the cycle of oil production, from the most primitive techniques of the Roman era to the most advanced of the early twentieth century. Another symbolic stop for lovers of oil will be in the garden of the Abbey of San Giovanni in Venere in Fossacesia (CH), where stands a large olive tree of the venerable age of over 1700 years to testify that in Abruzzo the art of oil is ancient and sacred.

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