Our Favorite Things: Lucca Olive Oil in Autumn
Italy’s love affair with wine is a well-documented, centuries-old passion that still pits Sicilians against Tuscans today. Every Italian has a favorite Chianti or Pinot Grigio, and many would rather drink water than settle for an inferior vintage.
Italy’s amore per il vino is no secret. But did you know that the Italian passion for olive oil runs equally hot?
Considered a true artisan product, olive oil captivates natives and visitors alike. Some are fiercely loyal to one region over another, preferring the fruity flavor of the Frantoio olive over the peppery flavor of the Sicilian variety. And then there’s the Lucca olive – light and delicate with a hint of garlic, the oil from this region of Tuscany is renowned worldwide.
The Lucca olives are harvested and pressed in late fall – usually from early November through mid-December. If ever there was a time for olive-oil aficionados to visit Tuscany, this would be it. Campitino, located in the heart of Tuscany’s Lucca olive region, would be an ideal base to explore the region.
A hillside retreat at the edge of this small village, Campitino is intimate yet expansive with a pool, hot tub, patios, and an English-speaking staff. For more information about Campitino or visiting Italy during olive-oil season, please contact Homebase Abroad’s travel specialists.
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