It all began with Augustus...
Around 12 BC the first Roman emperor discovered the olive trees in the hills North of Rome, a region today called Sabina.
Enchanted by this olive oil, Emperor Augustus began selling it throughout the ancient world. It was so fragrant and dripping with such exquisite flavor that it quickly became known as the “Gold of Rome.”
Unfortunately, this olive oil faded into the background as cheaper, industrially produced olive oils flooded the marketplace.
Then in 2018 Julia and her father Camillo, both Italian natives, stumbled across Sabina.
They were struck by the quality and flavor of the olive oil, as Emperor Augustus had been so many centuries before.
Julia and Camillo soon learned from local farmers that the small plots of land and the wavering yield reinforced by climate changes is forcing families to abandon the land, and with it the ancient tradition of olive oil cultivation.
Through Libellula, Julia and Camillo provide family farmers with a way to work collectively. The Gold of Rome can now be shared with people around the world.
Each bottle of Libellula extra virgin olive oil is made by farmers using traditional methods just as their families have for centuries.
Libellula extra virgin olive oil is made by family farmers who work in harmony with nature: olives are grown without the use of pesticides, are harvested by hand, and are cold-pressed – preserving the flavour and integrity of the olive oil.
Along with our classic bottle collection, we offer olive tree adoptions for a subscription of extra virgin olive oil, delivered to your doorstep – fostering a deep relationship between you, the farmers, and the land you have chosen to safeguard.
Julia and Camillo