Limone Sul Garda: the Village of Citrusfruits
Limone sul Garda is a typical fisherman village on the north-western shore of Lake Garda. Like the other towns on this side of the lake, it is part of the province of Brescia. In Italian “Limone” means lemon, but the origin of the name has nothing to do with the fruit. Some people say that the name comes from limen, which means border and others think it comes from lima which means river.
Anyway, Limone sul Garda is famous and loved for the yellow citrus fruits that you can find just about everywhere in the center. In this article, you will find information about what to do in Limone sul Garda: a village that is worth visiting!
Narrow alleys and porches characterize the city centre. During your walk, the rustic-style houses with homely windows and tiny stairs will surely catch your attention. You can notice the Italian soul thanks to the bougainville climbed on the coloured facades, alternating with those made of stone or those with flowered balconies. The whole creates an enchanting and photogenic atmosphere; you will feel like in a fairy tale.
Keep reading to discover all the possibilities that this perfumed place to visit on Lake Garda offers.
This touristic destination stands out for its lemon trees and its limonaie, which are located right below the Cima della Mughera. “Limonaie” is the Italian word for lemon groves. Even one of the greatest writers of all times noticed this little paradise: Goethe. He described the village in his book “Italian Journey”: “Do you know the land where the lemon-trees grow, in darkened leaves the gold-oranges glow, a soft wind blows from the pure blue sky, the myrtle stands mute, and the bay-tree high? Do you know it well? It’s there I’d be gone, to be there with you, O, my beloved one!”
Discover the village: what to do in Limone sul Garda
If I think about what to do in Limone sul Garda, the first thing coming to my mind is to visit the Limonaia del Castel. It was built in the 18th century and is still used nowadays. The characteristic elements of the limonaia are the stony pillars used to support the lemon trees branches and protect them from the cold. You can see these structures from the lake, distinguishing the western coast from the eastern one.
Of course, you can’t miss a walk along the lakeside promenade. Here you will find a lively setting between bars, restaurants, and craft workshops. It almost feels like being at sea because of the tropical plants with the blue water of Lake Garda on the background.
Near the small harbour, you will find the Church of San Rocco. From its terrace, you can enjoy an enchanting view of Monte Baldo, the mountain on the other side of Lake Garda. This view, combined with the sound of the waves, creates a picturesque atmosphere that will remain engraved in your memory forever.
Surely, if you are looking for a little relaxation, another suggestion on what to do in Limone sul Garda is to go to the beach. The town offers small stones and pebble beaches all along the coast.
There is much more to say about Limone, but to not make the list too long, I hope that what I have written has been enough to convince you that this village on Lake Garda is worth a visit! In the next paragraph, you can find information about the events and tours in and around this town.
Excursions in Limone sul Garda
What to do in Limone sul Garda by bike? Cycling enthusiasts are in the right place in Limone! The “floating” bike path, about much has been written in recent years, is located close to the center! This path was officially opened in 2018 and is without doubt one of the most spectacular cycling paths on Lake Garda! The trail is not yet complete and starts in Limone and runs a few kilometers towards Riva del Garda. Some parts are connected to the external walls of the rocks and run right above the water, the reason why people call it the floating path. Please note that in summer it can be crowded at times.
If you are staying in the southern part of lake Garda you should consider participating with the Garda Lake Tour offered by Gardalanding. A bus trip around the lake with one ferryboat transfer. Our tour guide will speak both English and German and will show you the main attractions. The program of this trip includes a visit to 3 / 4 towns and one of which will be Limone. Each visit includes free time. (link gardalake tour)
Moreover, one of the most requested experiences is the ferry crossing from Limone to Malcesine. Every day is possible to take the ferry at the small harbour and reach the opposite shore in 20 minutes.
Malcesine is a small village on the other side of Lake Garda and it is famous for its Castle and the Monte Baldo cable car.
To have further information about this place to visit on Lake Garda read the article about Malcesine on our website!
Events in Limone
Without any doubt, in Limone you can enjoy many events throughout the year. You can find artistic and cultural events that will make your trip more peculiar and characteristic. Add some of those to your list of what to do in Limone sul Garda!
Summer is the season where you will be able to find most of the events. Live concerts, festivals, country fairs, exhibitions, events dedicated to children, are just few examples!
If you are staying in Limone in mid-August, do not miss the fireworks on the night of August 15th!
On the contrary, if you are in Limone before mid-August, you will be able to see fireworks of the opposite side of the lake. On the 24th of July, Malcesine celebrates the S. Anna Festival with spectacular lights plays and music.
I hope you will enjoy your vacation in Limone sul Garda, which is absolutely one of the places to visit on Lake Garda. Before saying goodbye, I wrote for you a special list, which only this village could have.
TYPES OF CITRUS FRUITS YOU CAN FIND IN LIMONE SUL GARDA
- Lemon (citrus lemon): native to Northwest India and Himalaya mountains, it is used to make juices, flavourings, perfumes and essential oil (extracted from the rind).
- Key lime (citrus aurantifolia): native to Malaysia and Indochina is used as an ingredient for desserts or to make jams, juices, essential oil (extracted from the rind).
- Bitter orange (citrus aurantium): native to Northeast India and South China, its essential oils is extracted from the rind and from its flowers and young brunches.
- Sweet orange (citrus sinensis): native to South China, is used to make juices, jams and essential oil (extracted from the rind) or it can be eaten as a fruit.
- Pomelo (citrus grandis): native to Malaysia and Indonesia, is used to make essential oil (extracted from the rind), jams, candid fruit or it can be eaten as a fruit.