Terra di Cicerone

The Cultural Association of Olive Growers "Terra di Cicerone" was born on the hills of Ciociaria, and is a guarantee of genuineness for extra virgin olive oil.
Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva Arpino - FrosinoneThe Cultural Association of Olive Growers "Terra di Cicerone" was born on the hills of Ciociaria, and is a guarantee of genuineness for extra virgin olive oil. The Cultural Association of Olive Growers "Terra di Cicrone" aims at coordinating the work of small and medium agricultural companies to reach the excellence of the extra virgin olive oil produced in the territory called "Terra di Cicerone" (the "Land of Cicero").
Prodotti Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva - Terre di Cicerone
The first aim is to promote the extra virgin olive oil produced in the hilly municipalities of Arpino, Isola del Liri, Fontana Liri, Sora (known as Land of Cicero). The olive varieties used are: Moraiolo, Leccino, Frantoio and others. Olives are harvested using mechanical means. Extraction takes place in a continuous-cycle three-phase oil press.
Control tests are carried out periodically by the Institute of Superior Education "TULLIANO" – Chemical Section "Nicola Parravano" of Arpino (FR).

Profilo Sensoriale:

To the nose the oil offers itself with an elegante note of light vegetables, wich recall artichokes, chicory and fresh gut grass. The taste is soft and fine characterised by notes of wild vegetables, artchokes all wraped in a note of almonds to finish. Bitter and hot in the right balance. Ideal on vegetable starters, steamed prawns, marinated fish, grilled pork, fresh cheeses and dry biscuits.

Profilo sensoriale Olio extra vergine di oliva Terra di Cicerone


Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva

Prodotti Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva - Terre di CiceroneIn Italy, on the hills of Ciociaria, in Arpino and in surrounding towns, olive plants, such as the Moraiolo, the Leccino and the Frantoio, are the most famous cultivated varieties, from which the best world extra olive oils come from. The picking of the olives, considering the typology of the hilly land, is still manual, carried out with appropriate stripping combs or mechanical facilitations. This technique, which is surely more expensive, allows the picking of integral fruits at the right grade of maturity, an important element to obtain an extra virgin olive oil which is fragrant and without unpleasant scents. The use of olive oil for long term periods, associated with a Mediterranean diet, prevents cardiac illnesses and has been recognized as a heritage of the UNESCO. The extraction is carried out by cold-worked milling on a continuous cycle.

The olive tree and olive oil: a short history

"First your stubborn lands And churlish hills-ides, where are thorny fields Of meagre marl and gravel, these delight In long-lived olive-groves to Pallas dear".
(Virgil, Georgic, II, 179-181)

Prodotti Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva - Terre di CiceroneThe technique of olive growing, an indigenous plant of the Mediterranean area, was brought to Italy around the first millennium B. C., probably from Greece. Before then, only wild olives were known in Italy. Reliable information about this crop started in the reign of Tarquinius Priscus (616-578 B. C.), who certainly was in contact with the Greek cities of Southern Italy (Magna Grecia).

Olive oil in the kitchen

Prodotti Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva - Terre di Cicerone In addition to these beneficial effects on the body, this "liquid gold", as the Phoenicians called it, is tasty, enhances the flavour of food and guarantees the success of the dishes to where it is added. It enriches many sauces, from the classic tomato and basil to fancier ones made with vegetables and fish; it is indispensable for successful meat dishes, fish and mixed salads. Lovers of this product know that it is also perfect for certain types of cake because it makes them soft and lighter at the same time. It is particularly suited for frying because of its high stability to heat; the food therefore comes out golden and crispy instead of soaked with cooking fat.

Estrazione dell'olio di oliva

Prodotti Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva - Terre di Cicerone In the extraction stage only mechanical and physical methods can be applied, so as to preserve the original characteristics of the olives. A peculiarity of this oil is its low acidity, reaching a maximum of 0,6 %. The colour is golden yellow, with green tints in younger oils. The aroma is fruity and the flavour is fruity, velvety, uniform, aromatic, and slightly pungent. The bitter note is pronounced in younger oils, but tends to fade away over time.


Cenni Storici su Arpino

Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva Terra di Cicerone - Ciociaria Legend has Arpino founded by the god Saturn. Its origins, which date back to remote times, are historically imprecise. The antiquity of the town is attested by the megalithic walls, also called Cyclopean, because of the size of the boulders with which they were built. Inside the walls an original ogival door opens, commonly known as the "pointed arch". Certainly the first to settle in this area were the Volscians, whose presence is proved by archaeological findings. Literary sources of the classic age also prove the presence of the Samnites. In 305 B.C Arpino was conquered by the Romans, in 303 B.C. it was granted the title of "civitas sine suffragio" and in 188 B.C. it gained the right to Roman citizenship. During his consulat, e Caius Marius donated to Arpino properties in Gaul, conquered in the battle of Vercelli (101 B.C.). During the imperial age the town witnessed a period of decline. In the Medieval ages, however, even though Lazio was exposed to barbaric invasions, Arpino became important as a place of refuge and defence thanks to its walls. After having been part of the Roman duchy, it was conquered by the Duke of Benevento, Gisulfo II and later by the Normans, Swabians and by the papacy. In 1229 it was devastated by Fredrik II and in 1252 by Conrad II. Olio extra vergine di oliva nelle colline di Arpino FRAs the Angevin dynasty conquered the kingdom of Naples, Arpino became a feud of the Counts d'Aquino and then of French lords. At the end of 15th century, the town became part of the territory of the duchy of Sora. In 1583, Arpino was bought by the Duke Boncompagni until 1789 when it re-became part of the kingdom of Naples. In the 17th and 18th centuries the town witnessed its greatest economical and demographical growth. It maintained its flourishing conditions until the mid 19th century. In 1927, it became part of the new province of Frosinone. Arpino is also the homeland of Marcus Tullius Cicero, Caius Marius, Vipsanius Agrippa, Giuseppe Cesari, also called the Cavalier d'Arpino, St Francesco Saverio Maria Bianchi, Gioacchino Conti (Gizziello), Carlo Conti, Angelina Sperduti (Celestina) and of other famous personalities.


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Associazione culturale Olivicoltori “Terra di Cicerone”
Via Giuseppe Cesari, 33 03033 ARPINO (FR)

Tel/Fax: 0776/848480 – cell. 3474018725
Emaill: terredicicerone@gmail.com

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