Limonaia Pra’ de la Fam: Italy’s golden charm
Limonaia (lemon grove) Pra’ de la Fam, inside the Tignale harbor in the province of Brescia, faces Lake Garda.
Today, the monumental complex – with a large greenhouse towering over the lake – is home to the Parco Alto Garda Bresciano Mountain Community’s Eco-Museum.
But Limonaia Pra’ de la Fam has a long history of impressing visitors with its golden charm: two hundred years ago, none other than Goethe described it as having
beautiful, lush terraced gardens of lemon trees, with
rows of square white pillars evenly spaced and arranged in tiers up along the hillside.
Apparently, it was in this area that the German writer composed the famous verses often quoted to sum up all of Italy’s beauty, from North to South:
Do you know the land where the lemon-trees grow, / in darkened leaves the gold-oranges glow, / a soft wind blows from the pure blue sky, / the myrtle stands mute, and the bay-tree high? / Do you know it well? / It’s there I’d be gone, / to be there with you, O, my beloved one!