Exploring Limone sul Garda: Lemon Groves, Beaches and Excursions

Limone sul Garda is a charming village located on the western shores of Lake Garda, famous for its picturesque landscape and ancient tradition of lemon cultivation, which gives the village its name and is even showcased on the village's historic coat of arms.

However, according to some accounts, the name "Limone" does not derive from lemon trees, but from the Latin term "limen," meaning border.

Where Limone sul Garda is Located

Limone sul Garda is situated on the Brescia side of Lake Garda, 35 km north of Salò and less than 10 km from Riva del Garda. It is easily accessible in both directions by following the scenic State Road 45 bis Gardesana Occidentale.

Port of Limone sul Garda

Historical Overview of Limone sul Garda

The earliest traces of human settlements in the area date back to Roman times. However, it was during the Middle Ages that Limone sul Garda began to emerge as an important inhabited center. Over the centuries, the village was involved in territorial conflicts and clashes between the city-states that dominated the region.

In the 14th century, it came under the dominion of the powerful Visconti family of Milan. Later, in the 15th century, the village passed under the control of the Serenissima Republic of Venice, a period that left an indelible mark on the local architecture and culture.

During the Renaissance, Limone sul Garda experienced a period of economic prosperity thanks to agriculture, particularly the cultivation of citrus fruits. The mild climate of Lake Garda proved to be ideal for growing lemons and oranges, becoming one of the main economic activities of the region. The terraced lemon groves, with their characteristic dry-stone walls and lemon houses, are still today one of the distinctive attractions of Limone sul Garda.

In the 19th century, with the advent of tourism, the village began to become a beloved destination for those seeking the scenic beauty and tranquility of the shores of Lake Garda.

Limone sul Garda beach

What to See in Limone sul Garda

Despite being a small village, there is a surprising amount of activities and places to explore for families, couples, and solo travelers.

  • The Lakefront. The picturesque lakefront of Limone is a succession of quaint paved streets, surrounded by buildings with colorful facades, small restaurants, souvenir shops, and luxury boutiques. Here, one can enjoy a relaxing walk, admire romantic sunsets, and take a break in one of the many restaurants and bars.
  • The Historic Center of the village is a jewel made of cobbled alleys, ancient churches, and buildings with traditional architectural features. Among the gems not to be missed are the Church of San Benedetto, Villa Borghi Park, and the Church of San Rocco, which offers breathtaking views of the town and lake.
  • Limonaia del Castèl: Dating back to the 18th century, the Limonaia del Castèl represents a historical testament to the importance of lemon cultivation in the region. Visiting this place located in the center of the village, now converted into a museum but retaining its original structure, allows one to immerse in the local agricultural tradition and offers an overview of the life of farmers in the past, with interactive exhibitions and detailed information.

Limonaia Lemon house

What to Do in Limone sul Garda

A walk along the relaxing lakefront is a favorite activity for many visitors to Limone sul Garda. However, the village also has several gravel and stone beaches and offers various options for lovers of sports and water activities. In Limone, there are some kitesurfing and windsurfing schools, and it is possible to rent equipment to spend a fun-filled day on the water.

For nature lovers, this village is the starting point for breathtaking hiking trails, such as the Sentiero del Sole, which climb the surrounding hills to enjoy spectacular views and lush nature.

In recent years, Limone sul Garda has also become famous among cycling enthusiasts, thanks to the new 2.5 km long bike path suspended 50 meters above the water that connects the village with Capo Reamol. Work is already underway to extend this engineering marvel by about ten kilometers to reach Riva del Garda.

Another must for visitors is the opportunity to savor the local cuisine. From dishes based on fresh fish to those made with extra virgin olive oil and, of course, the local limoncello, the cuisine of Limone is a delicious gastronomic journey.

Garda Bike path

The Surroundings of Limone sul Garda

Limone sul Garda is located on the opposite shore of the lake from the enchanting village of Malcesine, which can be reached in just 25 minutes by ferry service or during a boat tour on Lake Garda.

For nature lovers and hikers, the nearby Alto Garda Bresciano Park is a paradise. Well-marked trails lead to breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding mountains. The scent of pine trees and the song of birds accompany the journey.

A short distance from Limone is Riva del Garda, a charming town that is well worth a visit. Its picturesque lakefront, medieval castle, and cobblestone streets offer an unforgettable experience. Here, visitors can also take advantage of windsurfing opportunities.

A unique automotive adventure is offered by the Strada della Forra, located a few kilometers from Limone. This winding road carved into the rock offers spectacular views of the lake and is an unforgettable experience for lovers of scenic routes.

Limone sul Garda by night

Where to Stay in Limone sul Garda

With stunning lake views and charmingly simple rooms, Hotel Garni Gianmartin is one of the best in Limone sul Garda. A sweet and savory buffet breakfast is served daily, and the staff service is exceptional. It is located just a 3-minute walk from the nearest beach.

Surrounded by olive groves and lush gardens, Locanda Ruscello is an excellent option for a bed and breakfast in Limone sul Garda. Other options for those who prefer luxury hotels include Park Hotel Imperial and Hotel La Fiorita, which offer amenities such as a swimming pool, sauna, and private beach.


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