The oldest and biggest olive tree in Europe grows in a pretty little village of Canneto Sabino, in the Lazio region. It is believed to be more than 1000 years old. According to some sources it has been here since the time of Numa Pompilio, who was King of Rome from 715 B.C. to 673 B.C. Today the diametre of the tree trunk reaches 7 metres!
The local people say that the oil made from the olives of the L’ulivone (so they affectionately call it) is the highest quality and very tasty. It is in a private garden but everyone is welcome to admire the ancient giant. When you enter the village of Canneto follow the brown signs that say “L’ulivone”.
In the sleepy village you can also admire the small church of Madonna della Neve (XI century), sample delicious local bread with excellent olive oil and visit the tranquil natural reserve of Tevere-Farfa nearby.
Via Mariano Pallottini, teacher1stop.com