Thursday, February 2, 2017

Final Italy Blog #91: Sorrento's Famous Lemons and Limoncello!

the square
In this FINAL Italy blog, we'll tell you about the ancient town of Sorrento, Italy. You'll learn about the famous lemons and a powerful alcoholic drink made from them.

We were there about 3 hours, so we had enough time to eat lunch and walk around the shops (there were a LOT of them). There really wasn't anything else to do other than shop from where we were. However, it's a beautiful  little town. 

lots of streets of shops
WHAT IS SORRENTO? - Sorrento is a coastal town in southwestern Italy, facing the Bay of Naples on the Sorrentine Peninsula. Perched atop cliffs that separate the town from its busy marinas, it’s known for sweeping water views and Piazza Tasso, a cafe-lined square. The historic center is a warren of narrow alleys that's home to the Chiesa di San Francesco, a 14th-century church with a tranquil cloister, according to the Sorrento Travel Guide on-line. Sorrento is also famous for pasta, cookies and producing olive oil. The town was built around 1 B.C.


FAMOUS LEMONS - The area is famous for lemon trees that grown gigantic lemons about the size of footballs, and many olive trees. The Sorrento lemon has a lemondrop yellow, highly fragrant, medium-thick peel. Its ovate in shape with tapered ends. The pulp is translucent yellow in color and yields a large quantity of semi acidic juice. Sorrento lemons are actually harvested year-round with a peak season from spring to late fall. 
   There are so many lemons they sell lemonade, lemon cookies, soaps, ceramics, candies, gelato and well, anything lemon-related you can think of! 

LIMONCELLO - this is a powerful alcoholic drink made from Sorrento's famous lemons. Limoncello is a liqueur and after dinner digestive. The flavor comes from the yellow locally-grown lemon skins in pure alcohol. It is a staple along the Amalfi Coast. Tom really enjoyed it.
Mount Vesuvius

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THAT WRAPS UP THE ITALY BLOGS! 
We hope you've enjoyed visiting all of these interesting places with us over the last 91 blogs. 
Wow. A 9 day trip took 91 blogs to share. I guess that's because there were so many interesting or unusual things to talk about. 





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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next