Every year by the beginning of November, our lemon trees need shelter from the winter frost.
As one of La Foce‘s traditional hallmarks – and my personal favourite due to the zesty, delicate aroma they spread through the summer breeze – the scenographic terracotta lemon pots are scrupulously looked after all year round.
That is why during Winter we keep them in the Limonaia (orangery), a shelter designed exclusively for their maintenance and designed by Pinsent in 1933 after eighteenth-century models.
Facing south and protected by a screen of cypresses, the Limonaia provides shelter from the winter weather for the great terracotta lemon pots, which are brought outside and placed on their stone bases not before the beginning of May, for fear of late frosts.
It is now being restored (for the first time after 81 years!) so that in spring and summer, when the lemons are in the garden, it can be used as an indoor/outdoor dining space for up to 100 people.