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Olive Museum: photos, description (Museo Dell'olivo)

The olive Museum is located on one of the most important in the Mediterranean areas of olive tree cultivation in the Northern tip of the Italian region of Liguria, the so-called Riviera di Ponente. Olive groves are everywhere here - from the coast to the inland valleys and highlands. They occupy literally every corner, every piece of land suitable for cultivation. The Museum occupies a beautiful building in art Nouveau style, built in the 1920-ies, in the town of Empire. Once it was the headquarters of the Corporation brothers Carly, and today the house is still in the ownership of this family. The olive Museum has its own extensive collection of various objects that illustrate the history of the cultivation of the olive tree for almost six thousand years. All of these items were collected by the family of Carly.

The olive tree is one of the first trees that people began to cultivate for their own purposes. It happened about five thousand years ago in the Eastern Mediterranean, and soon the production and sale of olive oil was one of the main sources of income of the entire region. Culture itself thanks to the ancient Greeks, Phoenicians and Romans also became the most important in the entire Mediterranean basin. To learn about the amazing history of the relationship between man and the olive tree in the first room of the Museum, which exhibits the remains of ancient wild olive trees, the remains of the oldest domesticated tree, the ancient writings dedicated to olive oil, antique decanters and vessels. In another room you can see the different types of olive trees, as well as images of ancient and modern groves and ancient tools used for the cultivation of olive trees. A separate hall is dedicated to the use of olive oil in the daily life of our ancestors: among the exhibits - wooden vessels for storing oil collected throughout the Mediterranean, glass lamps and lamps, perfume vases, tools, through which oil is smeared in the baths, and furniture made from olive wood. Also in the Museum you can see the blood vessels, which in ancient times oil was transported around the world, ancient mosaic depicting olive, Greek vases of different forms, ceramics, different kinds of steel and cast iron presses, used in Liguria for the production of oil, manual presses of the early 20th century and a modern hydraulic system. Not are tourists and past a reconstruction of a Roman ship with amphorae for oil transportation - it is made in natural size.

In addition to the exhibition halls in the Museum is the repository and the specialized library dedicated to olives and olive oil. Near the Museum there is a modern factory for the production of olive oil and a small building, which usually hosts conferences, meetings and other events. And in the garden, among century-old olive trees, there are old mill - Spanish 17th-century Ligurian 19th century and one of the Spanish 19th century.