Historical information on the area of production extra vergin olive oil


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The history of Rotello, Campobasso, Italy an extra virgin olive oil city

The name of Rotello comes from the ancient “Lauritello”, a small bay tree.
G.B. Masciotta wrote: “A small village, a village never known before had to ascend to a high profile and importance, nominal if not real: Rotello. – Molise from its origins to the present day”.

Pangia Family, oil since 1870 - Rotello (CB) Italy.


Rotello Norman town, proud of its suburbs.
There are several hypotheses about the origin of the name of the village of Rotello. According to the most, the name comes from the Latin word “Lauritellus”, land of bay tree.
The historical center preserves the characteristics of the medieval village with houses arranged in rows, separated by narrow streets all converging at the town square where stood the Mother Church, the biggest church of the village, of which no longer stands today. Massive and imposing, the Colavecchio Palace dominates the old part of Rotello. An old stone arch through which you could reach the “Castrum”, i.e. the medieval fortress of Loritello, is still one of the entry ways of the medieval village. On the walls and on the arches of the village you can admire Latin writings and carved stones including a fragment of a Norman relief sculpture with a wolf and a figure of a little girl in front of a house, where, tradition says, there was “the wheel” for the care of abandoned babies which is interpreted as the oldest image of Little Red Riding Hood.

In Molise (Italy) there are etruscan bas-relieves

Bas-relief located in a house in Rotello depicting the “Wolf and the Child”.