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The legendary solemnity of the olive tree is at its height in this DOP territory. Here you will find examples of centuries-old plants deformed by the wind, and contorted in their efforts to reach the sky. Some of them are actually over a thousand years old.
Olive trees were spread by the Olivetan friars and nowadays are at the centre of an extensive high quality tourist trade, thanks to the presence of beautiful noble villas and fortified farmsteads or masserie, in addition to the well-known trulli.
To the north of Brindisi, visitors can play golf among the olive groves, dive into pools among the olive trees, or read a book in the shade of an olive tree. It is possible to go trekking through the olive groves, in the Protected Marine Area and in Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve. The Reserve also includes sand dunes, Mediterranean vegetation and reedbeds, with beautiful ponds fed by springs.
Recently, the Torre Guaceto Park has started a pilot programme in order to produce a line of organic olive oils, involving the farms located in the Reserve. A few miles away, near Ostuni, ther is Locopagliaro, a well-preserved medieval underground olive mill, where archeology enthusiasts can admire ancient wooden presses, stone grinders, ovens and the workers' accomodation.
Finally, in addition to characterizing the production and gastronomy of Puglia, the olive tree inspires the creation of original wooden items, like kitchen utensils which are typical of the craftsmanship of the Messapia area.