Sorrento The City of The Lemons in Italy

The City of the Lemons Sorrento is a beautiful terraced town in southern Italy, located in the Gulf of Naples under the watchful eye of Volcano Vesuvius. Sorrento is a paradise with a breath of lemons, sea, and sun. Sorrento’s lemons, olive trees, and tourism are the main livelihoods of this beautiful town.


The lemon of Sorrento was born in the Sorrentine Peninsula territory. The volcanic land of the Peninsula produces the best citrus fruits in the world. The lemon gardens are one of the most distinctive landscapes of the Sorrentine Peninsula. Sorrento lemons are exclusively grown in Vico Equense, Sorrento, Sanit Angelo, Sorrento Plan, Meta, Massa Lubrense, Anacapri, and the island of Capri.

Lemon is the symbol of the Sorrentine Peninsula. In the early 2000s, the unique Sorrento lemon with its flavor obtained the brand IGP (Protected Geographical Indication) through a dedicated consortium protected and marketed.




Outside Italy, Sorrento lemons are grown to a limited extent in Southern California.

The presence of Sorrento lemons in the Sorrentine area is certified by documents from the 1500d. But you can see traces of the current lemon, the Sorrento oval, at the time of the Romans in the wall drawings found during the excavation of Pompeii and Herculaneum. But only since the 16th century has the market made it a unique and special product. The lemon of Sorrento and its King of Lemons is known worldwide.


Sorrento IGP Lemon features a unique production technique based on the cultivation of plants under the “Pagliarelle,” straw mats leaning on chestnut wood support poles to cover the canopies of trees from the wind to delay the maturation of lemons. All this is what makes these lemons unique.


Features: The Sorrento lemon has an oval shape and is citrine yellow. The peel is rich in essential oils that make it particularly fragrant. The pulp has a juice with high acidity and is rich in Vitamin C. This makes them unique.


The Lemon of Sorrento and its scent make them best for making the world-famous limoncello. 


Sorrento’s lemon is also used in the kitchen to season typical Dishes from the Sorrentine peninsula as appetizers, first courses, side dishes, and sweets such as lemon babà and the delicious dessert Delizia al Limone.

lemon babà  photo credit internet

Delizia la Limone

Delizia la Limone

Let’s not forget about Lemon granita (Granita al Limone). Fresh and quenching after a meal, a cold-sweet compound composed of a liquid-semi frozen mixture prepared with water, sugar, and lemon juice.

Granita al Limone

From Lemons, you can make Lemon pasta, treats, soaps, ice creams, and many other things you can imagine.


From Sorrento, with Love

Svetlana Hristova

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