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Frantoio Ipogeo di Palazzo Granafei

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Address: Via Antonietta de Pace 87, 73014, Gallipoli, Italy
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+39 0833 264242
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10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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They extend underground for about 200 square meters, Below the buildings...

They extend underground for about 200 square meters, Below the buildings D'Acugna and fats, which face onto Via Antonietta De Pace. Our Gallipoli are the property of the Association Gallipoli Nostra, which in 1988 had them fully restored and opened to the public use. Inside were reconstructed models of the eighteenth century, some presses Calabrese (two large screws). Originals are, however, the press Genovese (a single screw) and a few presses of the nineteenth century. The visit is particularly challenging with the help of expert guides, who make known to the visitor the techniques and phases of olive oil, thus reliving significant moments in history and local culture, as well as in times when for food oil was marketed primarily for industrial uses (in the carding of wool - especially so required by Paesidel Northern Europe, Sweden and England in the head) and for public and private lighting.

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Claustrophobic conditions adds to the atmosphere

For €3 each, this was an interesting and diverting way to spend 25 minutes. There is an english speaking tape giving visitors the background to how the facility worked and the low... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 18, 2016
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Ashford, United Kingdom
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Ashford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

For €3 each, this was an interesting and diverting way to spend 25 minutes. There is an english speaking tape giving visitors the background to how the facility worked and the low ceiling heights and the warmth underground, quickly gives an impression of how difficult life must have been for those that worked there.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

This is the only for public available old olive oil mill in the historic centre of Gallipoli. You can experience how they worked here and it seems to be that this was not funny at all! The cellar is approx 2 meters high and the cave were full with olives. Horses or donkeys were pulling the mill stone and all... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2016

This is an amazing peek into the economic history of this beautiful place. We were touched by the difficult conditions and hard labor from humans and animals that were the backbone of the culture's economy. Well worth the small entrance fee.

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Coventry
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2015

A fascinating history behind the production of olive oil, a very good English commentary was provided.

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Paris
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2015

interesting to discover how there were producing olive oil in hypogean "frantoio"( means an old system to crash olives in a cave )

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2015

In a land of olive trees, it's easy to forget the production of the oil. This underground site with well restored oil presses is both a marvel and educational. It's oil was for lighting, way before the exotic flavours of the olive were dribbled over our food. The multi- lingual video puts it all in context. As for living there... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2014

Amazing! Even though it was closed the guide arrived after we talked to people in the bar nearby and unlocked the frantoio and revealed all its secrets during a short visit. Extraordinary place, a hidden treasure of ancient history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

This is a large formerly commercial olive oil production site dug out of the limestone under the Palace. It costs €1.50 to get in, and is well worth the money. The rooms, dating from the 17th century, were restored by a local association and preserve some of the old presses and other equipment used in production. It's all well laid... More 

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