Olives have been grown in Umbria since the time of the Etruscans, who settled in the region about 800 BCE. Historically, the Etruscans come between two great civilizations, the Greek and Roman: they brought much knowledge from the Greek world to Italy, which they then passed on to the Romans. For the Etruscan city-states, olive cultivation was an important element of the economy, although the oil was mainly used to anoint the body and for oil lamps. It was the Romans who further spread the production and use of olive oil. The olive tree, therefore, has been a feature and enhancement of the Umbrian landscape for over 2,000 years. The hilly, irregular topography of Umbria has meant that olive cultivation in this region has never become intensive but stayed traditional, striving more for quality extravirgin olive oil than quantity.