The Frantoio Il Casone Antico olive press in Vada (in the municipality of Rosignano Marittimo, just 30 km south of Livorno) is one of the last remaining places to have both modern and traditional olive presses in full working order. Customers who take their olives to be pressed into oil can choose whether to use the old mill stones powered by steam, or the stainless steel aparatus that makes up the modern pressing system.
If you are in any doubt about the health benefits of olive oil, read on!
The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all believed that olive oil gave them strength and youth. Nowadays we know that they were on the right track.
Here are some of the most important properties of olive oil: