L'Olivone di Semproniano

The ‘Olivone’ is an ancient 24-metre high olive tree located in the municipality of Semproniano, just off the road from Semproniano to Fibbianello. Famous for its height, the plant yielded up to 8 quintals of olives in its most productive years, with three ramps of steps needed to harvest the olives in its highest branches. In fact, those who were picking the Olivone’s olives did not even go down to the ground for lunch, but rather sat on its branches to eat! Despite being struck by lightning and, in May 1998, set on fire by vandals who poured petrol inside its trunk, burning the plant at its roots, it continues to thrive and has given life to other olive trees from its branches.