The territory

Walking through the olive groves of "La Roma" Plains in autumn, when the olive trees are full of delightfully scented olives, you will certainly come across the remains of an italic wall, a piece of "Opus Reticulatum" which borders alongside the road.

These are the remains that tell the story of the Italic Council that goes by the name Cluviae, who's inhabitants were known as the "Carecini".

The importance of Cluviae was highlithed by the finding of a theatre. Cluviae is mentioned and remembered by Livio in 311 b.c. as a city with walls, also remembered by Tacitus as the birthplace of the stoic Helvidius Priscus.

The bronze placard dated May 5th 384 A.C. reads: "ortato sibi honore patriam civitumque Cluviatum amare ac diligere non desit" which means: "even though it's honor grew, it never stopped loving the homeland of the Cluvian citizens". The ancient origins of this distant civilization, the geographical position of the highland, between sea and mountains, this is where the roots of the traditions and the secular olive oil culture of it's people lie.

The olive groves of the 125 partners are located both in the area neighboring the Maiella National Park, and within the park itself, offering an extraordinary uncontaminated territory unique of it's kind. The altitude, the soil's particular composition, the warm sun of Abruzzo, create a unique microclimate ideal for the ripening of olives, achieving as a result olive and olive oil of the finest nutritional and sensory quality.