Lake Garda in northern Italy promises unforgettable experiences. With only around 1,200 inhabitants, Limone Sul Garda, also known as the city of lemons, is surrounded by olive groves and lemon gardens, between steep mountains and Lake Garda. The town is perfect for relaxing days or hours near the water. In this article, I will show you the sights that you shouldn’t miss, recommend worthwhile excursion destinations in the area, and lead you to the most beautiful beaches in the city.
In the past, the former fishing village in the province of Brescia, which was a real hidden gem for vacationers on Lake Garda for a long time, was very secluded and could only be reached via the mountains or directly via Lake Garda. Only in 1931, Gardesana Occidentale Street was built on the west bank, which you can nowadays use to reach Limone easily by a car. The name Limone is not derived from the citrus fruits that were once grown in the area around the town, but goes back to the Latin word Limes, which translates as “a border”. Limone was on the border between Italy and Austria for a long time. Lake Garda has a mild climate from spring to autumn. Especially in Limone, which is shielded by steep rocks, you can expect little rainfall and hardly any stormy days.
When you arrive at your holiday destination, you naturally ask yourself which are the most famous sights and landmarks in Limone. In the dreamy holiday resort, you can spend wonderfully relaxing hours on the lake and the waterfront and discover some must-sees that I have found for you.
Under no circumstances, you should not miss the old town, where you can get into the holiday mood between winding alleys and picturesque historic buildings. The old town in Limone is also completely car-free thanks to the narrow streets so you can easily explore the romantic streets on foot. Look forward to small shops with local specialties and cute restaurants and cafes! Be sure to pay a visit to the small ports of Porto Vecchio and Porto Nuovo and take a look at the stately Palazzo Gherardi, which was built in the 15th century. If you travel to the town by car, you can park right on the outskirts and reach the sights on foot.
I recommend art lovers a visit to the church of San Benedetto a little above the old town. Not only from the outside, the baroque church built in the 17th century is also a real feast for the eyes inside. There are admirable paintings by Andrea Celesti, including the famous Three Kings and The Last Supper in the house of Simons the Pharisee. There are also four marble altars and a stucco altar in the church.
Another church that I do not want to keep from you is the church of San Rocco. It is somewhat hidden, but from the forecourt, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the city. The church, which is a popular destination not only because of its location, was built in the middle of the 16th century as “a thank you” for the city’s protection from the plague. You can reach the building via two narrow stairs decorated with beautiful flowers and plants all year round. It is a picturesque place where residents also like to spend their time!
Limone was once the northernmost city in the world where lemons were grown. Nowadays, you will only find a few areas in the town where you can find out more about the cultivation of citrus fruits. The old lemon garden with greenhouses from the 18th century is located slightly above the old town. It awaits you with an impressive show location and a citrus museum where you can immerse yourself in the history of the fishing village. Don’t forget to take a bottle of limoncello home with you!
After an extensive sightseeing tour, it is time to relax. Limone beaches are perfect places where you can confidently let the sunshine on your belly and where the water sports enthusiasts can also feel at home. Tifu beach is a freely accessible pebble beach with restaurants and bars for refreshments, volleyball field, and kitesurf school. Near the center with perfect conditions for the whole family, there is a pebble beach called Grostol. Furthermore, Cola beach is located next to the large parking lot in Limone. There you will find water sports, sunbeds and umbrellas. Last but not least is a beach called Foce Torrente San Giovanni. It is a pebble beach next to Cola beach with a volleyball court and a surf school.
Especially the active holidaymakers will find many leisure activities in Limone such as surfing, sailing, hiking, and cycling. After you have fully explored Limone and spent relaxing and active hours at the lake, it is time to discover the lake area. In the area surrounding the holiday resort, you will find many places to add to your excursion list. I want to introduce you to some of the most popular excursion destinations in the Limone area.
About 25 kilometers from Limone Sul Garda is Lake Ledro, which is considered one of Trentino’s most beautiful lakes. Crystal-clear water in the middle of the beautiful mountains makes the lake an extraordinary piece of nature that you will remember for a long time. It doesn’t matter whether you are fishing, hiking, mountain biking, just relaxing or bathing. This stunning lake is always worth a trip!
Another worth seeing destination that should not be missing in Limone and that you can even reach on foot is the Sopino waterfall. Your tour starts at the Church of San Rocco, which I have already introduced to you, and takes about an hour. You pass beautiful landscapes with olive groves and lemon plantations and enjoy a beautiful view of Lake Garda and Monte Baldo. At the end of the hike, you will reach the waterfall, the sight of which will make you forget the hardships of the hike.