Located in the central area of Umbria, Gualdo Cattaneo is a medieval village perched on a foothill of the Martani Mountains, in a suggestive panoramic position.
Besides the treasures hidden inside its walls, Gualdo Cattaneo is deserving of a visit also for its 14 castles and the medieval buildings that characterise its territory: a true defensive complex, an open-air museum.
Pozzo, a fortified hamlet in the municipality of Gualdo Cattaneo, stands on the top of a hill overlooking the Puglia valley and its wonderful scenery.
Immersed in the green of olive trees, it boasts an ancient tradition of olive oil production.
The name Pozzo (Italian for well) is said to come from the abundance of the olive oil produced already in gone by times. The oil was in such a copious quantity that an ancient writing describes this hamlet as: “situato in amenissimo colle e molto copioso di ulivi, che per l’abbondanza dell’oglio, sarà stato di esso un pozzo, e da ciò sarà derivata forse la denominazione” (located on a most amiable hill, lavishing with olive trees that for the abundance of its oil it shall be a well).
The peasants used to celebrate the end of the olive picking season with the traditional “frittelle” (a sort of deep-fried pancakes).