Lemon trees dot the landscape throughout Italy, but spending some time wandering around Sorrento you will find lemon trees growing in abundance.
The Sorrento IGP (Protected Geographic Indication) lemon variety is so particularly sweet that locals eat thick slices of it and, as Italy is the world's largest producer of lemons, Italians have developed a delicious way to use the plentiful fruit: preparing Limoncello!
Limoncello is probably the most popular italian liqueur and digestive, getting its flavor and distinctive, almost neon-yellow color from the infusion of the skins of Sorrento and Amalfi Coast grown lemons in pure alcohol.
Mostly served after meals, this liqueur is best kept and served ice cold, preferably in a chilled aperitif glass.
There is no one recipe for the perfect limoncello, as each family makes it according to their family's taste preference.
Legends tell that limoncello and other liqueurs of fermented spices, fruits, and herbs were developed in convents, but it has only been in the last century that limoncello has been commercially produced.
Today, wandering the streets of Sorrento, dozens of shops fill their window displays with a myriad of beautifully shaped bottles of this elixer.
For a little different taste experience, taste the "Cream of Limoncello," a delicate cream liqueur that is sweeter, thicker, and paler than the regular version.
Take a sip of your limoncello. Smell the aroma of the lemon and see the vibrant color in your glass. Close your eyes and you will be transported back to Italy: feel the warmth of the sun on your skin and the breeze of the sea. As you drink in the memories and drink in the liqueur, you may find yourself dreaming of your next sojourn to Sorrento.