Amalfi lemon grove tour + Italian cooking class

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This West Kei dress was a random (and super affordable) find – some of the colors have sold out, but it just got re-stocked in classic shades like black, gray, and red! I’ve heard so much great feedback from those of you who also picked this up. The stretchy jersey-like material is soft and forgiving over a growing bump, and the high-low length is petite-friendly (for reference, I’m about 5 feet tall). It made for the comfiest travel piece paired with these cushioned sandals that I wore on repeat!

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Continuing our tour along the Amalfi Coast, one of the stops I most eagerly anticipated was our visit to this expansive Amalfi lemon grove. Aside from finding the photo backdrop of my dreams, we loved learning about the history and hard work behind a 6th-generation family business dedicated to organic, sustainable farming. The people we met oozed passion for what they do (“the lemons are my babies!” one owner Sal put it).  Nick and I both love to cook, so we continued our day there with a homestyle cooking class featuring some of the plentiful fresh lemons. The wine and food flowed a little TOO freely during this class – we were all so stuffed we had to be rolled home!

Amalfi Coast Lemon Tour

Cost: 20 Euros per person

The standard lemon tours run daily Monday – Saturday, meeting at 10:15AM in front of the main church at Amalfi town square (refer to this blog post on getting to Amalfi from other coastal towns). You’ll see little green golf carts congregating there, which you hop in and ride for about 5 minutes to reach the groves (you’ll need to walk back into town after the tour is over).

The tour itself is ~1.5 hours long, and does require the ability to walk on a sometimes steep dirt path. You start by learning the history of the grove and sampling one of their fresh and huge juicy lemons. We enjoyed it peel, rind and everything – basically like eating an apple slice! After an informative trek through the hilly terrain, you’re rewarded at the end with a tasting of lemon cake, lemonade, and limoncello.

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The Lemon Cooking Class

Cost: 140 Euros per person; includes the lemon tour first

The price of this cooking class is pretty steep and also spans over several hours (due to the leisurely pace of everything in the area, it seems). It didn’t wrap up until 4PM, so I’d only recommend it if you have a good chunk of time available and aren’t rushing to another destination!

Price aside, we did love how casual and authentic the class felt, like being in your aunt’s kitchen cooking a rustic meal (and enjoying it together afterwards, family-style!). We started by making a simple veggie dish and two pastas from scratch – scialatelli (local favorite like a thicker, shorter fettuccini – the texture is soo good when fresh!) and gnocchi. Nick’s head got a little too big, as he kept getting praised for his dough consistency and asked if he were a professional chef back home…

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The ladies then showed us how to make super simple sauces for each pasta, and finished boiling & preparing everything as the hungry students rested with prosecco in hand.

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Course 1 – Fresh scialatelli tossed with garlic, lemon, olive oil. Nick claims this was the best dish of the trip!

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Course 2 – The most pillowy fresh gnocchi with a light pesto

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Course 3 – Smoked cheese wrapped in lemon leaf, baked eggplant, and veggie hash

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Course 4 –  “Chef” Nick whipping up lemon tiramisu for dessert

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Photos don’t do the grove justice. The seemingly endless hills of lemon trees, the sweet & fresh aroma in the air…

This post is part of my main Amalfi Coast itinerary & travel guide. Also check out my Instagram “stories” today, as I’ll be sharing some video snippets from our cooking class! 

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  1. Crystal wrote:

    Looks amazing! How far out would you recommend making the reservations for the lemon tour & cooking class? thanks!

    Posted 9.6.18 Reply
  2. May wrote:

    The cooking class looks amazing! Your dress matches perfectly with the lemon backdrop too!

    May ||

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  3. Jandrew wrote:

    Lemon’s so beautiful 🍋. I want to say Jean you look great in this lemon maxi dress .
    Dress The Part

    Posted 6.17.18 Reply
  4. Maureen wrote:

    That yellow dress is made for you! It looks so beautiful and perfect. I love a good pasta and while I am still getting used to the taste of gnocchi. Sounds like a great place to relax as well.

    Maureen |

    Posted 6.17.18 Reply
  5. Italian food is hard to beat and so are your photos and blogposts Jean! Love, Lieske

    Posted 6.16.18 Reply
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    I would love to hear anyone’s thoughts on how to choose a yellow color that suits you, especially for warm undertone Asian skin. Also what do you think about mustard yellow for summer? Is it too Fall/Winter? I think it could work for Spring/Summer depending on how you style it?

    Posted 6.16.18 Reply
  7. Mireia wrote:

    This is super cute!

    Posted 6.16.18 Reply
  8. Ah, the photos are so pretty (and delicious looking!). A cooking class seems like a perfect activity to do in Italy.

    Posted 6.15.18 Reply
  9. Nicole wrote:

    Thank you for sharing your cooking class and your experience at the lemon grove. The food looks fantastic! I hope to do something like this in the near future possibly for a future honeymoon in Italy :).

    Posted 6.15.18 Reply
  10. Such a perfect location! You look amazing in this yellow dress!

    Posted 6.15.18 Reply
  11. OMG goals! That lemon grove looks amazing, and I love your dress – you really suit yellow Jean!

    Happy FriYAY!

    Posted 6.15.18 Reply
  12. Karen wrote:

    Jean, could you do a post about all the outfits (and accessories) you took on your trip? I am amazed by your packing abilities! You look beautiful and stylish in all your photos.

    Posted 6.15.18 Reply
  13. Hmmmm Gnochi looks amazing!! I have to try some new meals because I always cook just Slovak traditional meals at home, but there is sooo many great meals to try! I have to experiment now a little bit :)) Well I love the first pictures of you, your lovely yellow outfit under the lemon tree! I have never seen lemons on tree in my life…lovely place for a photoshoot 🙂

    Posted 6.15.18 Reply
  14. YZ Chan wrote:

    Gorgeous yellow dress! The pasta looks incredibly delicious. 🙂

    Posted 6.15.18 Reply
  15. Rena wrote:

    Wonderful your yellow dress under the lemon tree!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    Posted 6.15.18 Reply
  16. When I go on vacations, the one thing I must do in a new spot is to go to a cooking class! The lemon tour cooking class sounds so unique! I love how you coordinated your yellow outfit too! 🙂 ❤️

    Posted 6.15.18 Reply
  17. Ashley Frei wrote:

    You guys are such a cute couple! The Amalfi Coast is such a beautiful special place! I wish I could go back every year! Mind if I ask what Nike’s ancestry is? I know you’re full Chinese right? I am too. 😊 can’t wait to see your baby girl! Congrats again!!

    Posted 6.15.18 Reply
  18. Wow, such a gorgeous outfit! <3 🙂 And yayyyy for the lemon tour! I think I'm definitely going to enjoy it if I ever go to the Amalfi Coast!

    XO, Elizabeth

    Posted 6.15.18 Reply
  19. Roses for Fridays | by mia wrote:

    How delightful to have a cooking class in Amalfi … the land of love and food .,, such a very lovely ♥️post! 🌷👍🏻🌷

    Posted 6.15.18 Reply
  20. Mimi wrote:

    You look great in yellow! Reading this post makes me crave for some authentic pasta. Haven’t had it in a long time. I’m probably gonna go out tomorrow and get some pasta…hopefully by that time I will be as hungry as I am now haha. Have a great weekend pretty mama.

    Posted 6.14.18 Reply

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