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Water from a stream, a sheltered valley, a gently sloping hill, and proximity to the lake garda were the fundamental requirements for building an enclosed lemon garden called lemon house or sardì in the local dialect.

Often built on several terraces (còle), linked by stone stairs, these structures came in many different sizes. A massive wall enclosed it on three sides to ensure an eastern-southeastern exposure.
At its center or on one of its extremities was the casèl, a shed for storing roofing materials. Discover the lemon houses on Lake Garda.