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Olive Tree and Olive Oil Museum

MOO - Olive and Oil Museum

The Museo dell'Olivo e dell'Olio - MOO is in the village of Torgiano, a renowned center of wine production between Perugia and Assisi. 

The musem is inside an old olive mill which was in use untl the last century, and which before that had been three different houses. This edifice has housed the Olive Tree and Olive Oil Museum since the year 2000. Conceived of and realized by the initiative of Giorgio and Maria Grazia Lungarotti, the museum is supported by the family enterprise and managed by Lungarotti Foundation.

The museum retraces the history and the different uses of the olive tree and olive oil, without any geographical or temporal limits. Archaeological finds, ceramics, books and other material describing the mythological origins of this plant, its production, diffusion and different uses are exhibited.

Among them is an antique Attic alabastron, a particular vase for holding perfumed oils decorated with a red pattern by the Painter of the Foundry, dated in the 5th century B.C.

Ample space is dedicated to the collection of oil lamps, from the ancient pre-Roman ones to those of the 20th century. A section is dedicated in particular to the olive tree and olive oil symbolism in graphic arts and handicrafts; the display dedicated to Traditions and Folklore recalls ancient beliefs and popular superstitions.

Reservation is required to visit the Museum from Monday to Sunday.

For information and reservation:
Via G. Garibaldi 10, Torgiano (PG)
Tel: +39 075 9880200

Fonte Regione Umbria - Servizio Musei e soprintendenza ai beni librari  

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