Citrus Fruit Festival at the Capodimonte Woods in Naples: tastings, guided tours and workshops

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At the wonderful Torre del Real Bosco di Capodimonte Garden on 17 and 18 February 2024 a very special event will take place, we are talking about Citrus fruits in celebration. An event organized precisely on the occasion of World Citrus Day, an anniversary which falls on February 17th.

It will be a special occasion to visit the Historic Citrus Grove of the site with a collection of over 50 species of citrus fruits, present since 2021 in the list of Monumental Trees of Italy and then again the ancient cultivars, the botanical heritage of the garden and many other curiosities.

In fact, there will be specials on the program guided tours but also tastings and fun workshops.

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Here are the scheduled events:

February 17

  • Meeting at 10am “Citrus fruits in Capodimonte: history and valorization” in the eighteenth-century courtyard of Casamento Torre. Guests include Prof. Rosario Schicchi, Director of the Botanical Garden of Palermo; Prof. Paolo Caputo Director of the Botanical Garden of Naples; Prof. Vincenzo De Feo Regional Agrobiodiversity Commission; Giovanni Serritelli, gastronomy historian and President of the Slow Food Napoli convivium; Domenico Ferrante Linnaeus Clock Association. Introduced by Prof. Carmine Guarino Regional Agrobiodiversity Commission.
  • In no time, guided walk in the garden and visit to the historic citrus grove with Salvatore Terrano

Here you will find the fresh citrus market where you can buy the fruits of the Giardino Torre and the Delizie Reali brand preserves and jams.

February 18

  • Opening at 09:00
  • 11 hours: 00 educational-recreational laboratory in the garden for the little ones by the Le Nuvole Association
  • 11 hours: 30 guided tours of the Garden

On the occasion of the event, the Pizzeria del Casamento Torre offers “Citrus pizza”, at the Bistro there will be a special menu with the scent of lemon and lime curated by Chef Giorgio Comitangelo.

The citrus fruits present in the Torre Garden

In the Torre del Real Bosco di Capodimonte Garden there is a vast and wonderful collection of over 50 citrus fruits. In particular, at the center of Agrumi in Festa there are the centuries-old Citrus trees. For those who don't know the story, in 1816, the mandarin was introduced on an experimental basis, indicated by Michele Tenore, the director of the Botanical Garden, as Citrus deliciosa.

In the garden you will find a grove of mandarins and espalier cultivars of Sfusato Amalfitano and Sorrento lemons, as well as other species in the ground and in pots, such as the Chinotto, the Bergamot, Cedar Hand of Buddha and the Lemon Caviar. And then lipo, a hybrid between lemon and grapefruit, red lemon, kumquat hybrids and much more.

How to participate

Both Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th February 2024 entry is free, for guided tours, workshops and to have lunch at the Bistro or Pizzeria it is necessary to make a reservation on 366 6296466 or ordini@deliziereali.it, arte@lenuvole.com.

Contacts and information

Official website | reservations: 366 6296466 or ordini@deliziereali.it, arte@lenuvole.com

  • Where: Torre Garden, Royal Forest of Capodimonte
  • When: from Saturday 17 February 2024 to Sunday 18 February 2024
  • Price: the event is free
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