Proteggere e preservare la Traditional Methods of Artisanal Agronomy
Through the centuries Italy has attained a distinguished reputation for the uniqueness of its locally produced foods and wines. Traditional methods of production are increasingly at risk as numbers of true artisans decline combined with a general trend toward mass production.
Associazione Passignano will seek out small local producers of wine, olive oil, jam preserves and other products who continue to employ traditional production methods and who can benefit from financial support that will help to ensure the continuation of artisanal agronomy.
SPADOLINI OLIVE GROVE
PIAN DEI GIULLARI (FLORENCE)
In collaboration with the Fondazione Spadolini we are restoring the olive grove at Villa Spadolini on the historic hillside of Pian dei Giullari. Giovanni Spadolini, 44th Prime Minister of Italy was an important Italian politician with a career in politics from 1974 to1994. He welcomed international guests such as Gorbachov, Thatcher, Regan and the Emperor of Japan, to his villa to stroll through the olive grove and discuss the politics of the day. Our project on this historic property is to restore the old pathway through the olive trees that were walked by his distinguished guests and provide exceptional extra virgin olive oil, that was gifted to all who visited.
The Villa is situated on the historical hillside of Pian dei Giullari, only 10 minutes from the city centre, with uninterrupted views of the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio and Giotto's tower. A location once inhabited by the noble families of Florence, who were privileged to live in the hills that were abundant with olive and fruit trees, has inspired us today to restore and revive the grove from its 30 year neglect.