Holidays in Limone
The only tourist resort in the north west side of Lake Garda, Limone is a quaint little town with peaceful beaches and two pretty harbours. Get a sense of the town’s medieval history as you wander through its narrow streets, dotted with lemon-coloured houses. The lake is a great place for a relaxing dip or some water sports.
Spring or autumn to enjoy mild temperatures and little rainfall.
2 hours and 30 minutes
Verona (VRN), 95km south.
Wander through heavily-scented lemon groves, take a dip in Lake Garda and explore Limone’s medieval history when you book your holiday with Thomas Cook.
Porto Vecchio is the little harbour in the heart of the old town with lots of shops and terrace cafes dotted around. Stop for a spot of lunch and admire the beautiful views of the lake. The churches around here have some stunning frescos, so make sure you stop by. Take a tour of the old lemon groves and visit the local oil press to see olive oil made in the traditional way. For a relaxing day in the Italian sunshine, head to the pebble beach by the lake. A boat tour of Lake Garda is a great way to see the area.
With its mountain terrain and beautiful weather, it’s no surprise that sport is one of the most popular things to do in Limone. Get your wetsuit on and head to the lake, where you’ll find everything from windsurfing to boating. Or if you’d rather be in the water than on it, you’ll find some great places for a relaxing dip. Head north of the town centre to find a selection of small pebble beaches. Many of them have sunbeds too - ideal if you fancy catching some rays or watching the boats go by.
Watch the world go by at the National Park of Bresciano, home to the breath-taking Sopino waterfalls. With its terraces and stone columns, the beautiful old lemon grove at Limonia del Castel is one of the best places to visit in Limone. Explore the rows of sweet-smelling limes, oranges, grapefruits and tangerines which still grown there. In the summer, the olive groves around Limone are bursting with colourful oleander and bougainvillea flowers. Between April and October, you’ll get to learn more about how the olives are carefully harvested and pressed into olive oil at the Olive Grower’s Co-operative.
Like many of the Lake Garda towns, Limone is steeped in history. Visit one of the oldest churches in the area, in the middle of an olive grove on the way to Tremosine. This is St Peter’s Chapel, which is home to a beautiful collection of frescoes from the 13th and 14th-centuries. The medieval parish church, San Bandetto, houses several works of art from the 16th-century. Another great place to visit in Limone is the San Rocca chapel. Located by the port, you’ll find a great selection of art from the Gregorian period. For breath-taking views of Lake Garda, head to the grand Baroque Chiesa di San Benedetto.
Best for sporty types: Limone is one of the best resorts in Lake Garda for water sports with windsurfing, kayaking and sailing all to hand.
Best for food lovers: Head to the harbour for a great selection of authentic Italian restaurants with unbeatable views of the lake.
Best for walkers: Limone is a great place to walk around, from short easy strolls to mountain walks for the ambitious hiker.
Language: The language spoken in Limone is Italian
Currency: The currency used in Limone is Euro (€)
Local time: Limone is one hour ahead of GM/UK time
Fly to: Verona (VRN), 95km south
Flight time from UK: Approximately two hours and 30 minutes
Tourist information: Further tourist information on Limone can be found at http://visitgarda.com
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Limone.
Temperature: From low single digits in winter to low 20s (°C) in summer.
Best time to visit: Spring or autumn to enjoy mild temperatures and little rainfall.
Limone is great to visit all-year round. Average temperatures don’t drop below zero, even in the winter. Summer is delightfully warm and never too hot due to the cooling wind. July is the hottest month with the highest average rainfall.
By foot: Its compact size means Limone is ideal to explore on foot.
By bus: Hop on a bus and visit one of the other Lake Garda towns, such as Riva del Garda, Tremosine and Salò.
By water: A ferry is another option if you want to visit the surrounding towns.
For outdoor enthusiasts: In June to September, you can join organised walking tours from Limone. These tours will take from as little as half an hour to a whole day, dependant on the level of difficulty of the walk.
For fun lovers: If you’re visiting Limone in May, you might be lucky enough to catch Serata Fantasia e Magia (Fantasy and Magic Evening), where performers, entertainers and magicians take to the streets for a fantastic night of fun and magic.