“A real blast”...one of the comments I’ve heard from the guests that took part to the Pierluigi’s olive oil experience 2016. Definitely a sign of appreciation that makes me really proud.
In November, 15 people that adopted an olive tree on pierluigi.nl visited their trees in Trinitapoli. They spent a few days in this authentic corner of Puglia. More than a tour the Pierluigi’s olive oil experience is a real cultural exchange.The visit has been organized as a natural consequence of the olive tree adoption project. More than 150 families from The Netherlands adopted an olive tree in Trinitapoli in order to help local farmers and enjoy pure extra virgin olive oil. It was time to let these families discover the rural tradition of Trinitapoli and let them meet the local people that they are supporting from distance. Local people that welcomed the visitors not as tourists but as friends with the typical warmth of South Italy.
Read more about the olive tree adoption project here
The goal of Pierluigi’s olive oil experience is not merely focused on olive oil, even though it is one of the leading factors. It is a way to let people get in touch with an authentic part of Italy that’s not spoiled by tourism. It offers them the unique chance to live 3 days as a local, to learn and have fun. The tour started with a visit to Castel del Monte. This amazing UNESCO heritage site is a symbol of the so called 'Imperial Puglia' and a good start to get in touch with the culture and history of this land.
Castel del Monte, Andria.
In Trinitapoli the participants not only had the chance to visit their adopted olive trees but they could actively participate in the harvest. What an experience!! It was fun to share with them this magic moment. Thanks to many local farmers we also evoked some ancient tradition of the rural culture. After some hard work it was time for a typical peasant snack.
Harvest of the olives..and time for a snack (pic from Giusepe Beltotto)
All the lunches of the Pierluigi’s olive oil experience were prepared and hosted by local people.This is because you cannot say you really know the Italian cuisine if you haven’t eaten with an Italian Nonna or Mamma. Lots of delicious and traditional homemade food combined with excellent local wine. Next to the lunch there were also cooking workshops. In this way our guests did also learn how to make fresh pasta and how to clean and cook seasonal vegetables. All this supervised by lovely Nonnas who were teaching and helping the participants.
Cooking with Mamma, Nonna and Zia
Trinitapoli is a small but active agricultural town. Here there is an excellent production of olive oil and wine: the products that I offer on pierluigi.nl. For this reason I thought it was important to show to my guests how this products are made. A lot to learn about wine and olive oil with the final pleasure to taste this pure and authentic products.
Visit to the local olive mill
Visit to the local winery and wine tasting in the archeological museum
It has been a great experience and seeing the enthusiasm of the partecipants I can definitely say it was a success! Proud to see how people from different background came together and enjoyed a great experience learning from each other. You can read the reviews of the partecipants here below this article.
The Pierluigi's olive oil experience it is not a one time thing. The idea is to make this cultural exchange more and more stable and repeat this experience every year.
Would you like to take part to the next Pierluigi's olive oil experience? Then keep on eye on my website and my facebook page to know the next dates and you can always contact me at email@example.com.
If you didn't adopt an olive tree of Trinitapoli yet, you can do it here. You can help local farmer and get in exchange pure and tasty extra virgin olive oil. Alos a great idea for a present! Do not miss this cance to help and enjoy!
See you in Trinitapoli!