Oreeko.com’s journey in the discovery of some of the coolest eco & green hotels and resorts in northern Italy and Austria reaches its final stop. A special stop, full of history and appreciation for one of Italy’s trademark ingredients: the mighty little olive.
The last destination was in Liguria, in the small and colorful village of Badalucco. I stayed at the farmhouse Agriturismo l’Adagio which belongs to a family that’s been making extra virgin olive oil for generations, the Roi family.
Last year Roi olive oils obtained the “Friend of the Earth” certification for the production of sustainable Taggiasca olive.
I got to meet owner Rossella and her daughter Daria. Rossella took me through a tour of the Olio ROI Frantoio (Oil Mill), showed how their famous DOP* olive oil is produced and followed the ‘lesson’ with a delicious session of olive tasting. It’s incredible how many different varieties there are! Rossella’s passion and kindness was memorable.
I got to hear some amazing stories of how the local community comes together during the olive harvest season. The region is olive-centric. Rossella even has a cosmetic line (named after her) in which the main ingredient is – you guessed it: olives!
The farmhouse is located in the village of Badalucco (which I totally encourage you to visit and explore.) L’ Agriturismo l’Adagio is located in a very prominent location within the village right next to a river, you won’t miss it.
The structure of the farmhouse is divided in two sections. Originally from the 1900’s, some of the ancient walls are still standing and it’s quite amazing.
“Structure 1” includes five small apartments with different themes, a Giardino degli Ulivi (the gardens of olives) for some quiet time and relaxation that provides a remarkable view over Badalucco, a barbeque area and a small organic garden which you are free to use.
I stayed in the Provenziale Apartment which had a small terrace overlooking the village. Each room comes equipped with materials and ingredients to prepare your own breakfast.
“Structure 2” consists of the wellness center, spa and 4 bedrooms. (More on the wellness area below).
There are no restaurants at the Adagio, but Rossella booked for us two extraordinary dinners at local and traditional restaurants which were very different and each one special.
WHY GREEN & ECO
• They use pellet heating system that is heated by olive stones – a waste product of the olive oil production process.
• They utilize LED bulbs.
• A lot of the building materials were salvaged and reused for furniture and other decor.
• Olive leaves are used as fertilizer.
• Donkeys are used to eat the grass and to fertilize the olive groves.
• They use and promote local businesses and products.
• It’s also a teaching farm.
• Friend of the Earth certification.
We spent a couple of hours relaxing at the wellness center. The spa can be booked for private use and offers an exceptional view over the colorful town of Badalucco.
I tried both the Finnish sauna and Turkish bath. Truly amazing.
Near the hot tub there is a little door opening to a natural small pond that gets its water from the river. Sadly it was too cold to try – but maybe next time!
Thank you very much Famiglia Roi for inviting us to explore this amazing facility.
TIP: Request a tour of the frantoio and pass by the shop to buy some Roi Olive Oil or visit the online shop.
• DOP (Denominazione di Origine Protetta) Specific quality designations are employed for olive oil, in order to ensure that a product is manufactured in a specific geographical area according to certain rules; similar certified labels also exist for traditional Italian food products. DOP certified extra virgin olive oil is a real guarantee, excluding fraud and counterfeiting, of the product quality. National DOP olive oil will in fact be produced from olives grown and processed in a given area. (via)
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Oreeko stayed as a guest of L’ Agriturismo l’Adagio. As always, opinions expressed in the review are solely my own.