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!
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.
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…
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.