Frantoio Ipogeo Caffa


Useful Information

Location: Piazza Vittorio Veneto, 73029 Vernole
Open: Only after appointment. [2014]
Fee: Free, tips welcome. [2014]
Classification:  Underground Factory
Light: electric
Dimension:  
Guided tours: visit only with guide
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no, many stairs
Bibliography:  
Address: Frantoio Ipogeo Caffa, Associazione Turistico Culturale Pro Loco di Vernole, 73029 Vernole, Tel: +39-0832-891-545, Fax: +39-0832-891-545. E-mail: contact
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History

 
15??underground oil mill built.
17-DEC-1885purchased by the town.
19??oil mill closed.
199?restorated and prepared as a museum.

Description

The Frantoio Ipogeo Caffa (Underground Oilmill Caffa) was built in the 16th century. The first written mentioning is from 1570, and the oil mill was already in operation for many years at this time. The mill was purchased by the town in 1885. The King of Italy, Umberto I, signed a document which allowed the town to purchase this mill from Pasquale Bernardini for a sum of 1.800 Lira. In the first half of the 20th century the mill was closed.

A frantoio ipogea is a typical underground oilmill of Apulia. The soft limestone was used to dig an underground cavern huge opening in the ceiling. The olives were thrown into the opening and then mashed and pressed underground. The workers worked hard and lived undereground near the mill. But they were paid very well. The underground provided a rather cool temperature of 19°C, which was good for making oil and godd for the hard working men.


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