The health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet can be largely ascribed to the nutraceutical properties of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (EVO). The main nutraceutical substances of EVO have been suggested to have the ability to modulate aging-associated processes. Plus, the extra vIrgin olive oil is part of the ancient culture of the Mediterranean Countries, its history and its life. Apart from the mountains, Molise is full of olive trees and local olive species, called cultivar. In the ancient Roman time the most famous EVO was the one made in Venafro, a small town in Molise. During your stay we will be visiting one of the most beautiful rural estate owned by an Italian noble family. Located in Molise on the rolling hills of San Martino in Pensiliis, this farm produces excellent Extra Virgin Olive Oil sold all over the world in the best specialty shops and has 165 hectares of cereals, olive groves -with 17000 olive trees – and vegetables that overlook the Adriatic coast at an altitude of 120 meters above sea level. Also herons, hawks and migratory birds stop and feed in the five artificial lakes. You will have the rare chance to taste different Olive Oils from the D.O.P Molise to the Citrus and infused Oils that can be used in a variety of different recipes.
At lunch we will enjoy a fish (with fresh and local fish) in one of the traditional restaurants in the old town of Termoli, a Medieval sea town close to San Martino in Pensiliis.
Tour of the Medieval Old Town of Termoli + Shopping
In the afternoon we will visit the old town (called Borgo Antico) of Tremolo that rises on a promontory surrounded by the sea. The town goes back in millennia and has a beautiful and ancient Cathedral where the relics of San Timothy are kept. The Castello Svevo built in 1247 by King Federico II, guards the entrance of the town. The town is known also for its “trabucchi”. The trabucco is an old fishing machine typical of Abruzzo and Molise coast line, similar to a stilt house.
Part of the afternoon will be spent shopping as in Termoli there are many cafes and shops and you can whatever liked from shoes, clothes, ceramics, leather to Italian home design and crafts as well as quality food.