Torgiano - Museo dell Olivo e dell Olio
The Olive and Oil Museum was created by Giorgio and Maria Grazia Marchetti Lungarotti to document the presence of oil in daily life over the millenia: an excellent food, indispensible source of light and heat, recurring element in the magical-religious rites of the Mediterranean cultures, olive oil is an economic product with great commercial value and has been prized since antiquity. The tree was domesticated in ancient times and has acquired a sacredness due to its peculiarities, expressing at the same time an essential aspect of the landscape.
The museum covers ten rooms: technical equipment for olive cultivation and oil production, archeological artifacts, artistic objects and countless documents demonstrate the different uses of oil in history. A section is dedicated to the mythological origins of the olive tree, which according to legend was given to man by the goddess Athena. It also displays many precious examples of oil lamps from the 8th century B.C. to the Neoclassical age.
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How to find us:
“Autostrada A1” Highway exit at Valdichiana, heading toward Perugia E45 highway heading toward Rome, exit at Torgiano
“Autostrada A1” Highway exit at Orte, heading toward Perugia E45 highway heading toward Perugia, exit Torgiano.
Southbound: Rome/Foligno/Perugia (15 minutes by taxi from the Perugia station of Fontivegge)
daily flights between Milan Malpensa and Perugia’s Sant’Egidio Airport (15 minutes by taxi from Sant’Egidio Airport (15 minutes by taxi from Sant’Egidio Airport )
International Flights: Rome / Fiumicino Airport (180 Km).