Ancient Olive Groves dating from pre-Roman times

You are at the centre of area of Puglia known as ‘la piana degli ulivi’ - which loosely translates as the “prairie of the olives”. It spans the local councils of Ostuni, Fasano, Monopoli and Carovigno and features the highest concentrationof old olive trees in Italy. When we say old, we mean OLD! Indeed some of the trees are estimated to be up to 3000 years old and were cultivated by the pre-Roman Messapic civilisation. There are multiple routes and paths passing through the area to appreciate the wealth of beauty and permanence of these magnificent trees - with their gnarled and twisted trunks and in some cases a girth of more than 9 metres - and to contemplate the benefits of olive oil that have nourished generation upon generation.