Thursday, July 21, 2016

Lemon Gardens on the Amalfi Coast



One of my favorite activities in Italy was visiting lemon gardens on the Amalfi Coast. My group visited La Valle dei Mulini, which opened for business in 1825. This family business not only grows lemons but also lives on the property; they were the first family to buy land on the Amalfi Coast. They make everything from limoncello to gelato to lemonade. 



We had the opportunity to tour the gardens, learn the history, and sample some insanely amazing lemon treats. 


Their adorable dog, Poncho, came along for the tour as well. 


They harvest lemons from February through September every year. Back in the day, they carried lemons down in baskets but now they are transported by cables. 



At the end of the tour, we tried a variety of limoncello flavors. Limoncello is used as a digestive after meals in Italy. It should be stored in the fridge (at 68F). Limoncello is meant for sipping, never shots.


I purchased a dark chocolate limoncello [almost like a syrup] and it's the perfect compliment for gelato. 


The Amalfi Coast was my favorite place we visited in Italy. I highly recommend incorporating a stop into your future Italian adventures!




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