Giuseppe Gandossi cherishes and fosters the last Limonaia in Gargnano with enchanting care. It lies in the heart of the lemon riviera (Riviera dei Limoni). He has reproduced many instruments and tools true to original, to cultivate his three terraces, “colle”. It’s hardly surprising, that taking one step into Gandossi’s lemon garden transfers you to a slower, preindustrial time. (Small archaic ceramic pots, filled with water, are fixed to the lemon trees. They function as frost alert.)
Giuseppe can tell you countless stories about the lemon gardens along Lake Garda. Lemons have been grown here since the 13th century; first by monks in the garden of the San Francesco monastery. It is said that the lemons were even sold to the Russian tsar’s court. In it’s heyday, up to 450 Limonaie were simultaneously up and running along Lake Garda.
Like in Gargnano, pillars of old greenhouses line the surrounding hillsides, resembling old temple ruins. Giuseppe has jazzed up his lemon garden with old wooden shutters and glass frames. The water wheel and malora stream contribute to the dreamy atmosphere.
Absolutely try his lemon liqueur! It’s fantastic, the best we’ve had. As are his yummy capers, that grow wildly along the walls of the lemon garden. You can purchase some from Guiseppe, after taking a little guided tour.
Address: Via Liberta, 2; 25084 Gargagno (BS)
Tel: 0039 036571840 (at home) oder 0039 036571543 (at his shop at Via Roma, 2)
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