– Puglia calling your name? Visit this beautiful region or others with Victoria on her various and each unique “Kick up your HeelZ” Tours in Italy. Take a look at this year’s planned trips.. not to be missed!
Famous for its olive oil, Puglia is also famous for its landscape of olive trees – rows and rows across acres upon acres…as far as the eye can see. It is really something to behold. There is just something so majestic, so distinguished and noble about them.
The grand 1,000+ year old trees are called Millennial or Monumental Olive Trees. Monumental doesn’t begin to describe them. They are truly national treasures.
Stately and dignified, they stand in silence…rooted to this soil and basking in this sun and rustling gently in the sea breezes. Gnarled, twisted, knotty and proudly showing their age but not sharing their wisdom. Each individual, each unique, each a story…
A story that goes back hundreds and hundreds of years and often, thousands of years…hardy, resistant, enduring…the olive tree has been and remains the heart and soul of this and many other regions of the Mediterranean.
During a visit to Azienda Agricola Taurino, a magnificent olive tree farm in Squinzano, I adopted and was able to “meet” my tree!
Driving to the grove of magnificent 1,000+ year old trees, and then, walking a short distance, my tree, No. 9, was pointed out. It stood waiting and welcoming. Touching its knotted and gnarly trunk and gently taking in its positively resplendent presence was truly an unforgettable moment.
Since it had been pruned this year, next year it will yield olives and oil. I will have the pleasure and honor of receiving oil from my very own tree. Although it will be a natural occurrence for No. 9, it will be a first for me and I can’t wait…