These days, most farmers use a vibrating device to shake the branches of the olive trees, and the fallen olives are collected in plastic crates instead of wicker baskets.

Donkeys no longer carry the olives to the olive press, but instead tractors take them to the co-operative olive oil factory. And the Roman amphoras have long been replaced by large, stainless steel barrels. And yet al these changes are mere superficial ones. In reality, the production process of olive oil has largely remained unchanged since Roman times.