This prettiest of little towns set beside a delightful tree lined pebbly beach leading to an attractive array of waters edge eateries, small boutiques, perfect for a lovely stroll or paddle and swim in the crystal waters
The breathtakingly dramatic Limone is a small harbour town situated at the northern, rocky end of Lake Garda. It enjoys a spectacular setting nestled between the crystal clear waters of the lake and the towering cliffs behind town. Centred round a tiny little harbour, the town fans out in a series of winding narrow lanes, lined with shops and restaurants. The quaint marina offers picturesque waterfront terraces, and plenty of places to eat and drink while admiring lake views.
Film buffs may recognise parts of Limone from the 2008 Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. Several scenes, including a car chase scene, were filmed around town and along the lakeside road.
What to do
One of Limone's most popular attractions is Limonaia del castel. In this renovated Lemon orchard you can learn a bit about the region's lemon-growing traditions, sample lemon-infused products and admire the views across Lake Garda.
There are plenty of churches to explore when wandering around Limone's winding lanes. Start with Chiesa San Rocco, located 30m up the hill from the main ferry landing. This is a small but spectacular church offering great views from its terrace.
Next the Church of Saint Benedetto is another small but charming church featuring ecclesiastical art and masterpieces dating back to the 16th century.
Finally, the beautiful little church of Saint Pietro. Dating back to the 9th century this quaint little church, nestled amongst the Olive trees, is the oldest church in Limone.
When not sightseeing take time to potter around the charming waterfront and winding lanes. Pick up a gift from one of the many lemon themed shops. Relax on a cafe terrace and take in the view. Limone also offers the chance for sunbathing or swimming. There are a few small pebbly beaches north of the town centre, including a private 'beach' establishment on terraces, with sunbeds. South of the centre is a much larger, more open stretch of long stony 'beach'.
Where to eat
Limone offers plenty of dining options, located around its picturesque harbour and up amongst the winding lanes.
For traditional Italian cooking using local fare head to Al Veccio Fontec, This tiny restaurant occupies an ancient building in the centre of Limone and serves a menu of locally inspired dishes involving mountain cheeses, seasonal forest-harvested ingredients and fish. Book ahead as table space is limited.
For picturesque lakeside dining try Ristorante Gemma, a pretty yellow lakeside house covered in bougainvillea, with outside tables right on the water. Enjoy fine homemade pasta as well as excellent grilled lake or sea fish, whilst enjoying the view.
For fine dining in the heart of Limone try L'Andrunel. This small restaurant offers exceptional food at reasonable prices, an extensive wine list and tables on their picturesque balcony, but be sure to book ahead for the best seats in the house.ß
How to get there
Being located on the western rocky shore of Lake Garda, Limone is a little trickier to reach than some destinations but well worth the trip. If arriving by car exit at Lago di Garda Nord and travel through the mountains to Torbole and Riva del Garda before taking the lake road on the western shore south to Limone.
The nearest railway station to Limone is at Desenzano (55km) or Brescia, (66km) From Desenzano, local buses or the lake ferry will take you to the resort. From Brescia, there are bus services to the northern end of Lake Garda. The nearest airports are located at Brescia (66km) Verona (102km) Bergamo (120km) Milan Linate (163km) Milan Malpensa (201km) Venice Marco Polo (217km) and Venice Treviso (233km).
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