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Olive oil

  • Sicily - visiting Tenuta Rocchetta

    shotEleven generations of Pierluigi Crescimano's family have grown olives and grapes on a site in Castelvetrano, near the ancient temples of Selinunte, where we source the elegant Sicilian extra virgin olive oil Tenuta Rocchetta. Trained as an agricultural economist, it is only since 1996 that Pierluigi and his family have bottled the oil under their own brand, winning a major prize in that first year and gathering another 149 since then.

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  • Goccia di Sole

    oliveOur last experience of driving around the towns near Bari in Puglia involved hotels which weren't open till later in May, closed restaurants and local youth playing chicken on their skateboards in front of the French registered car we were driving. I was so glad we did not hit one as there was a certain amount of menace in the air. This is a part of Italy where the traffic lights just flash orange - presumably as people do what they like anyway.

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