The leaves with golden reflections moved by the sea breeze, the fragrant wood, the strength of ancient stems and the turned fruits: the olive groves are the unmistakable frame of the Ligurian look on the world.

The Oliveti Aperti event of the next weekend of June 15th and 16th opens olive groves to the public to let them know and taste their products.


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Event details

A cat chills on the remains of the Roman Varignano oil mill and Villaof the Roman Villa, by Portovenere

The olive-growing activity is present in La Spezia area from the third millennium BC, as witnessed by the archaeological remains of the Varignano Roman Villa.  On the gentle slopes of Portovenere, still covered with olive trees, the impressive fundus was equipped with a real oil mill for the production and marketing of oil, which had advanced production processes  similar to those still used by local oil mills.

After the end of the Empire and the productive crisis it was the work of the Benedictine monks that brought the construction of dry terraces and the olive trees cultivation to its maximum expansion.

But it is from the 1700s that all of Liguria expands its olive groves, cares for them and cultivates them on its characteristic hill and slopes.
And from the same period the ways of the oil trade develop from the most important centers of oil production towards the north, in particular towards Milan.

Today, the Gold of Liguria is configured as a Protected Designation of Origin, Olive Oil of the Ligurian Riviera, the features of which are told by the different additional geographical references: Riviera dei Fiori, Rivera del Ponente Savonese and Riviera del Levante.

“Our” oil, the Riviera di Levante, has an unmistakable color that varies from green to yellow, a ripe fruity smell and flavor with a medium sweet taste sweet and a hint of bitter and spicy.

Open olive groves: walking among the olive trees, admiring, tasting, getting to know the olive presses and their products

Olive Oil is much more than an ingredient, the essence of what we are is concentrated in its density, the raw material of our identity is realized.

For this reason, experiencing the oil mills and the oil opens up the possibility of traveling to the very essence of Liguria to tourists and locals.

The Frantoi Aperti event on June 15th and 16th, promoted by the PDO Oil Consortium of the Ligurian Riviera, by the Qualivita Foundation and supported by the Liguria Region, opens the oil mills to the public and allows  to experience the oil, to discover this extraordinary product of our territory tasting and having fun.

In the oil mills of Liguria are planned for those two days guided tastings of PDO oil and typical Ligurian products,
olive grove visits, picnics
and snacks, cultural and environmental itineraries, and again Trekking, concerts and exhibitions, and you also get to work with dry-stone walls building courses, and cooking classes.

In La Spezia area, the President of the Region Giovanni Toti visits the Frantoio Lucchi and Guastalli

With the olive groves spread over the plain of the Magra River and the laboratory located on the panoramic hill of the historic village of Ponzano not far from the Cisa and near the motorway junction, Frantoio Lucchi and Guastalli is one of the most characteristic of the area, with the production of oil but also pasta, olive-based sauces and much more and was chosen by the President of the Liguria Region Giovanni Toti to celebrate the day of the Open Olive Groves.


Download the programme of the Oliveti Aperti Event 

The highlights of olive oil culture in Liguria

For the occasion, the Lucchi and Guastalli oil mill in Ponzano will be open to the public with a visit to the olive grove and an illustration of the phases of cultivation on the veranda of the aastinda with projection of films of the production cycles.

It will be possible to taste the DOP Riviera Ligure olive oil and follow a practical demonstration of the tasting technique.

The visits will last one and a half hours on 15 and 16 June.

Saturday 15

Beginning of visits 09.00, 11.00, 14.00, 16.00, 18.00

Sunday 16th

Beginning of visits 09.00, 11.00, 14.00, 16.00, 18.00

Lucchi and Guastalli is located in Via Giovanni XXIII, Ponzano Superiore, Santo Stefano di Magra, and has a parking lot.

To reach the event, you can also book a transfer.


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