Olivone and its park of ancient olive trees

M. Pratesi secondary school

Fondazione Napoli Novantanove

Fondazione Napoli Novantanove
Napoli, Italy

We have chosen to adopt the Olivone because it will give us the possibility to investigate its environmental heritage, its territory always with a strong agricultural vocation, renowned in particular for the production of olive oil. This reality, where the nature of the landscape, the hard work of man and local quality products are closely connected, is represented in a symbolic way by the "Olivone", a millennial olive tree, famous because of its majesty, of its gigantic size and its age (carbon surveys reveal a dating dating back to 2000 years ago). For these reasons, it was considered not a simple tree, but the symbol of a community, of its identity, of its history, until in 1998 an arson attack was set on the plant. Fortunately, the "giant" has not been defeated: part of the plant survives, but above all its "brothers" survive (other secular olive trees that surround it and which today constitute a park) and its "sons" (plants reproduced for cutting from the olive tree of origin).
The aim of participating in this project is therefore not only that of educating young people to know and appreciate their territory, but also that of acquiring that indispensable sense of citizenship, the only weapon against barbarism that sometimes man is capable of and as the only repair act to the wickedness committed against the good of a community.

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  • Title: Olivone and its park of ancient olive trees
  • Creator: M. Pratesi secondary school
  • Location: Italy, Toscana, Grosseto, Semproniano