You find Limone on the north-west side of the spectacular Lake Garda. A quaint and peaceful town, it sits at the base of towering cliffs, which keep it sheltered from the winds. With secluded beaches and pretty harbours, holidays in Limone are perfect for families and couples who want to get away from it all and enjoy some quality downtime together.
You’ll get a good sense of the town’s medieval past by wandering through its narrow streets, dotted with lemon-coloured houses. Despite the area’s fame for growing excellent lemons, Limone’s name is more of a happy coincidence: the name stems from an ancient Latin word meaning ‘boundary’. Lake Garda is shared by three Italian provinces and sits on the boundary of Brescia. With plenty to explore and a plethora of attractions within easy access, you can make your Limone holidays exactly what you want them to be!
Whether you want a crisp, snow-strewn break or a sun-bleached summer, Limone holidays are wonderful at any time of year. Book your holiday in the spring or autumn to enjoy mild temperatures and little rainfall.
Approximately two and a half hours
Verona Villafranca Airport is just under an hour and a half’s drive from the resort.
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 it. 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 and olive 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 and soak up the scenery.
Surrounded by mountains and bathed in Mediterranean sunshine, the royal blue waters of Lake Garda hold incredible appeal for water sports enthusiasts taking their Limone holidays. There’s plenty to choose from, with everything from the thrills of windsurfing to more-leisurely boating.
If you love being under the water instead of on top, the lake offers plenty of potential for scuba diving. Below the surface, you’ll find a watery world of sunken wrecks, underwater canyons and shoals of shimmering fish. Alternatively, head north of the town centre to find a selection of small pebble beaches, where you can enjoy a refreshing dip. Many of them have sunbeds too, ideal if you fancy catching some rays or watching the boats bobbing about.
Watch the world go by at the National Park of Bresciano, home to the breathtaking 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. Explore the rows of sweet-smelling limes, oranges, grapefruits and tangerines which are 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, set 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 on your Limone holidays is the San Rocca chapel. Located by the port, you’ll find a great selection of art from the Gregorian period. For breathtaking views of Lake Garda, head to the grand Baroque Chiesa di San Benedetto.
Best for sporty types: If water sports is your thing, you’ll find plenty on offer at Lake Garda. Choose from a wide selection, including water-skiing, snorkelling, and kayaking.
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: It’s a great place to walk around, from short, easy strolls to challenging mountain walks for ambitious hikers.
Language: The language spoken in Limone is Italian, but most of the locals and those working in hotels, restaurants and shops have a good command of English. Download a language app and give a few simple phrases a try!
Currency: You’ll need to exchange your pounds and pence for Euros, before jetting off on your Limone holidays.
Local time: Limone is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Verona Villafranca Airport. The transfer time to Limone is 1.5 hours.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Limone is 2.5 hours.
Tourist information: Further tourist information 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.
Temperature: From low single digits in winter to low 20s (°C) in summer.
Best time to visit: Spring or autumn offer mild, comfortable temperatures, with little rainfall.
This destination is great to visit all-year round. Average temperatures don’t drop below zero, even in the winter. Summer is comfortably warm and never too hot due to the cooling wind. July is the hottest month, but comes with the highest average rainfall.
By foot: Its compact size meaning it’s 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: Lake ferries are another option if you want to visit the surrounding towns and experience Lake Garda from the water.
For outdoor enthusiasts: In June to September, you can join organised walking tours. 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 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.