holidays in Limone
Best for: Scenery, Walking, Culture, Active
Transfer time: Verona 2 hours 30 minutes Transfers
Limone is a beautiful lively little place built against the mountain face on the northwest side of Lake Garda. The abundance of flowers on the lakeside and especially bougainvillea and geraniums covering the buildings give Limone a special charm. The setting of this resort amongst the rock formations and stunning views gives it a very dramatic feel and walking around the often steep little cobbled streets there is a lot to take in, with a feeling of excitement around every corner. Limone has plenty of attractions including late shopping, free guided walks, the occasional fireworks display and weekly concerts held in the square, two harbours and a lovely wide promenade contrasting with the narrow back streets.
Until 1932, Limone was only accessible by boat, when Mussolini commissioned roads to be built via a group of tunnels. No longer secluded, Limone developed into a popular resort with a magical feel. Find a path through the cobbled streets to San Rocco Church built on the hillside in the 16th century, it has a very distinctive onion dome and frescoes inside that are worth a look. Surrounding the town are lemon groves carved into the mountain, the trees originally introduced by monks in the 13th century. They are worth visiting for the lemons the size of melons and the great views of the town down below. The olive oil co-operative may also be of interest, get there by walking through the olive groves.
There is a really lively atmosphere in Limone after sunset with people enjoying the late night shopping around the maze of cobbled streets. Down on the promenade the drink to have is the bright orange aperitivo, Aperol Spitz, enjoyed by tourists and locals alike. Occasionally the evening is made even more spectacular by a firework display, enhanced by the mountain backdrop.
Wind surfing is very popular in Lake Garda, especially in the northern resorts where the wind is stronger and more reliable. Some of our holiday options can include pre-bookable windsurfing, dinghy, kayaking and bike options, including hire and lessons. There are also good walking and hiking trails around this area, a recommended walk is to go north of the resort to the National Park of Brescia and see the Sopino waterfalls. To the south side of town there is a large beach, one of the few in Lake Garda with fine sand. It is shared with a camping site, the lower part being for their exclusive use, but usually there is more than enough room to cater for all.
Ferries and fast hydrofoils are the best way to get around the lake from Limone to other lakeside towns. You will also find a bus service to Milan, Brescia and Desanzano.
Lake Garda tour
Bolzano and Renon