When in Amalfi, don’t miss Salvatore Aceto’s delightful tour of his 1,000 year old lemon grove. His family, who have been there since 1825, live by the famous Amalfi lemon: huge, knobbly fruit so sweet you can chomp it raw.
Salvatore says it heals cuts, ward off mosquitos, solves upset stomachs. And of course the family cooks with lemons. Under a shady arbour, Salvotore’s wife Giovanna and cousin Ramona teach us how to make the lightest of lemon cake and ricotta and lemon stuffed ravioli which we eat, with pitchers of fresh lemon juice en famille at a big check-clothed table.
Afterwards, we visit their tiny limoncello factory and buy several bottles (refrigerate but never freeze the bottle, only the glass) to take home and dream of the Costa d’Amalfi.
The Lemon Tour, cookery class and lunch costs from £87 per person; tour only £18 (0039 335 1218292; amalfilemon.it).
Tasteful simplicity in a stunning former convent. The glorious Moorish cloister is the perfect setting for a leisurely breakfast. Both restaurants serve delicious food and have spectacular views from their terraces. A romantic fairytale setting.