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Mt. Soratte Olives

Although it is not as ancient as the one producing the oil of Sabina, already in 1568 the local olive groves produced quality oil, to the extent that the Architect Vignola, paid in kind for his services, complained that sometimes he had been given "not very good oil", not "as in S.to Resto it is usually done".
After three centuries, in 1888, Marquis Canali participated in the Vatican exhibit on the occasion of the 50th priest ordination of Leone XIII with the oil coming from the olive groves of Soratte, and he was naturally given the prize.
The Benedictine monks entrusted to olive groves an essential role in the local economy and it is not a case that the cornerstones of many ancient houses are olive millstones.
The tradition of this oil which, in a text dating back to 1868 - when the olive trees were 38.000 - was defined of "very good and first-rate quality", has been preserved throughout the centuries and gives still nowadays the opportunity to taste a great product which, like in the past, comes from several small producers following ancient traditions but at the same time entrusting the good quality of their oil to a very modern olive press in Agrisirole Soratte.

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