LIMONE SUL GARDA
Limone sul Garda is the northernmost town on the Brescia side of Lake Garda. The town is nestled in the mountains, so that until a few decades ago it was not easily connected to the other towns on the lake.
Limone still retains the soul of the small village, whose main activities until the last century were fishing, olive growing and the cultivation of lemons.
A curious fact: the name Limone (lit. lemon) does not derive from the cultivation, but from the Latin limen, or border; this was in fact the city on the border with the territory of Trento. It is by pure coincidence that, centuries later, lemons have become one of the main businesses of the area.
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Map of Limone sul Garda
Among the streets of the center you can breathe the authentic atmosphere of a village with a millenary history, among old houses, alleys, shops, taverns, bars and restaurants, and from time to time the eye falls on a flowered balcony that is reflected in the crystal clear water of the lake.
If you walk through the centre of Limone, you can visit the church of San Benedetto Abate, whose origin dates back to the 10th century, as well as that of San Rocco, hidden in the alleys of the village at the top of a staircase and embellished with 16th century frescoes.
Also worth a visit is the Fishermen’s Museum, which talks about Limone sul Garda before its secular isolation was interrupted by the Gardesana State Road in the 1930s.
If you want to relax, take a stroll in the park of Villa Boghi, seat of the Municipality, which houses a lemon house and several species of citrus and exotic plants. The park of Villa Boghi is open every day from 9.00 am to 8.00 pm.
If you are in Limone sul Garda on Tuesday morning, do not forget to take a trip to the weekly market in the village: a great opportunity to buy local products, such as lemons, olive oil, wine and cheese, at a good price!
Limonaia del Castel is a unique place, which restores the atmosphere of a magical village like that of Limone del Garda. It is an open-air museum, which shows the techniques of cultivation of lemons that have made this area famous.
To reach the Limonaia del Castel, just walk from the center of Limone towards the mountain, and you will find it between Via Orti and Via Castello. It is an authentic lemon house dating back to the early eighteenth century and owned over the centuries by some of the wealthiest families in the area.
The Limonaia is built of stone and extends over several terraces facing south-east and closed on three sides, so as not to expose the plants to the elements. During the visit, which lasts about half an hour, you will discover the variety of citrus fruits growing on Lake Garda such as citrons, grapefruits, tangerines, mandarins, clementines, chinotto oranges and kumquats.
From the highest terrace you can enjoy a splendid panoramic view over the surrounding area, and if you happen to be in the right season a delicate scent of citrus pervades the air.
Opening hours of Limonaia del Castel
The Limonaia del Castel is open:
- from March 15 to May 24: every day, from 10 am to 6 pm
- from May 25 to September 15: every day, from 10 am to 10 pm
- from September 16 to October 31: every day, from 10 am to 6 pm
- during the rest of the year: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm
The best experiences around Limone sul Garda
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In 2018 the new section of the Ciclopista del Garda (Garda Cycle Path) in Limone sul Garda was inaugurated: a spectacular cycle/pedestrian path, unique in its kind, overlooking the lake at a height of about 50 meters.
The route is about 4 km long and can also be covered at night, thanks to the LED lighting. This section is part of a vast project, the Garda Cycle Route, which will cross 19 municipalities of the lake and whose delivery is scheduled for 2021.
But Garda Cycle Path is certainly not the only option for lovers of mountain biking or trekking: many other bike routes of all levels of difficulty start from Limone, and will be able to satisfy both the more experienced sportsmen and those who simply want to take a walk with a beautiful view.
Like the whole Upper Lake Garda area, Limone is also one of the favourite destinations for kitesurfing and windsurfing lovers because of the two winds that constantly blow over this area of the lake: Peler, that blows from the north in the morning, and Ora, that blows from the south in the afternoon. But you can also practice Stand Up Paddling, the new trend in water sports.
If you are passionate about these sports, you can contact the various centers for the rental of equipment in Limone: for example, Wind Riders and Planet All Sports, specialists in Kitesurfing and Windsurfing.
Limone is the starting point of many boat tours of Lake Garda: in fact, the best way to get to Limone – even if it is certainly the slowest – is by boat, a truly spectacular entrance!
You can travel by public transportation service from Desenzano (Southern Lake Garda) across the lake, or you can book a full tour of the lake on a private boat (at a cost of €45), or just get to Malcesine, on the opposite bank (at a cost of €9). To book, visit Garda Escursioni!
In addition to citrus fruits and its ancient history, Limone is also renowned for the crystal clear water of its beaches: let’s see together which are the most beautiful.
Grostol beach is a pebble beach with free access, located in the center and is easily accessible. It is ideal for families and children, and also very close to bars and restaurants. Cola Beach is also pebble beach, but lovers of comfort can rent sunbeds and umbrellas. In addition, there is also a car park, bars, restaurants and a rent of pedal boats nearby.
Fonte Torrente San Giovanni beach is very close to the Cola beach, and has pebbles too. It is perfect for sports lovers, and it’s also within easy reach of bars, restaurants and a picnic area. Finally, Tifù beach is the beach that hosts the Circolo Vela Limone del Garda, the town’s sailing club.
How to get to Limone sul Garda
Thanks to the construction of the state highway “western Garda”, now Limone is easily accessible: if you arrive by car, you can take the exit Rovereto of the A22 Modena – Brennero, or the exit Desenzano from the A4 Milan-Venice.