Amalfi is famous for its lemons. Big, juicy, fragrant lemons that are bursting with flavour and used in hundreds of recipes fom limoncello to lemon risotto to cakes, sorbets and granitas.
Back in June I was called to work as make up artist on the filming of Gino's Italian Escape for the UK channel ITV.
One day we were fliming very close to home in the Aceto Familys' famous lemon groves on the slopes above Amalfi Harbour.
We all met up early in the morning at a bench by the roadside on the outer edge of Amalfi. This is where I prepared Gino for the filming..make up on the side of the road, glamour all the way!
I got an odd look from Gino as I'd already seen a few familiar faces around town that morning...and I'd also met people I knew at various other locations in the last few days...which provoked me to call cheekily, "what's the matter Gino? Are you worried that I'm more famous than you?!"
But then this beautiful sailboat pulled up in the marina and there was room for me too, even though I spent most of the time having to hide out below deck. It was also a new 'first' for me, the first time I'd done someones makeup on a boat!
This was part of the first episode of Gino's Italian Escape to go on air (Friday 13th September), now available for anyone in the UK to see on ITV iplayer. So, yeah...I haven't seen it yet...
There is also a book to go with the series, available on Amazon.
Next week: Naples!