In May Itri held a special feast, that is known as the “Sagra dell’Ulivo”, to celebrate Itri’s wonderful table olives and olive oil which play a vital role in the town’s agricultural economy.
The Itrana variety of olive trees is exclusive to this specific area, thriving as a consequence of the unique environment, quality of the fertile soil, temperate micro-climate, sea breezes and fresh mountain air.
Itri exports much of its olive oil and olives, under the denomination of “Gaeta Olives”. The product adopted the name of the more known nearby city because they were shipped from the port of Gaeta.
Here are some photos I took in May of scarlet poppies growing under the olive trees …
A large camp kitchen had been set up in the centre of the town and was serving meals based on Itri’s olives and olive oil.
Kay and I enjoyed our passeggiata browsing through the stalls which were exhibiting local traditional food and wine …..
traditional work and tools of local artisans …..
Typical tradesmen …..
Local arts and crafts …..
A young lad was playing the zambogna, a form of typical rustic bagpipe
and there were some locals dressed in traditional Ciociara costumes.
You can read more about our own olive groves in Itri and our Extra Virgin Olive Oil here at our Tre Cancelle website
All photos by me © Louise Shapcott
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