Full of classic elegant Italian charm
I was taken aback at how enchanting Limone Sul Garda was. Although, knowing that it was nestled into the mountain foothills on the shores of Lake Garda, should have given it away.
Lake view from Piazza Garibaldi
We’d previously visited a few of Italy’s other northern lakes, Lake Como, Maggiore and Orta, which are also beautiful; however, this location was stunning.
Limone Sul Garda is on the western shore of the lake and not too far from Riva del Garda on the northern tip of Lake Garda.
Go and discover
If you were just driving through the upper level of Limone, you’d be utterly oblivious to the narrow cobbled lanes and the ancient fishing village below. Stop, park up and discover the bittersweet citrus delight for yourself.
The old town of Limone sul Garda
I almost don’t want to give the game away; nonetheless, I really want to tell you how beautiful Limone Sul Garda is. We’d wandered through the village taking in the rustic Italian charm, and as we turned a corner into Porto Vecchio I just stopped, and without realising said wow.
Porto Vecchio with the mountains in the background
The scene was breath-taking, it was like stepping into a virtual postcard. The soaring mountains in the background, the rippling opal lake below and the tiny fishing harbour, finished it perfectly.
Looking across Porto Vecchio
Little boats were bobbing up and down from the wind breezing over Lake Garda, leaving a soothing feeling and an air of relaxation. I felt a gelato beckoning me.
All things lemony
The lemon theme flowed throughout the narrow-cobbled streets under the arches and over the sun-baked terraces.
I now understand why these pretty lakeside villages are popular with tourists.
All things lemony
Ancient colourful houses stood shoulder to shoulder vying for your attention, with flowers tumbling down from the wrought iron balconies.
Porto Vecchio settling down for the evening
Strolling further through the lanes, passing by attractive boutiques, art stalls and jewellers and you reach another jetty. This is one of the locations around the bay that you can catch a ferry from to discover other towns and villages dotted around Lake Garda.
The northern end of Limone Sul Garda
Just a short walk up through the narrow streets, and we found some of the lanes were empty. It was surprisingly easy to find quieter spots, keeping in mind Limone has become a tourist resort.
Where is everybody?
One of the interesting historical features of Limone Sul Garda is the Lemon Houses. Of an evening the terraces just beyond the old town are lit up, it’s so unusual. I didn’t realise what they were, first of all, row after row of high stone pillars crisscrossed with huge wooden slats, layered over steep terraces.
Limone Sul Garda of an evening
La Limonaia del Castel
It was time to dig a little deeper into the history of the Lemon-House, so we headed up to the renovated La Limonaia del Castel.
A view from the Lemon House
You won’t get lost, as there are lovely little ceramic tiles laid into the cobbles to guide through the town, to the living museum.
Along the terraces of the Lemon House
Not just lemons
It was only €2 (in 2019) to enter and so worth it. Terrace after terrace of citrus trees and not just lemons. There were grapefruits, limes, tangerines and kumquats. I’m amazed at how the branches supported the weight of some of the fruit, they were so large.
Amongst the fruit
Discover the citrus history
The structures are so high, wooden poles are slotted across the main beams for the lemon branches to stretch out amongst. Their draping arms weave through protecting the fruit, as it dangles in the sunshine.
The lemons have one of the best views
This original lemon house was built during the 18th-century. In 1997 restoration work began to bring this piece of history back to life for everyone to enjoy and was opened to the public in 2004. Throughout the lemon house, you could still see the old stone irrigation system being used.
Stay for the evening
Limone-Sul-Garda’s old town is a lovely size, we used it as a base to discover more of the lake, it was a such a pleasure to head back to each evening. And after you’ve had a stroll by the lake’s edge, sit back, relax and enjoy sipping at your Limoncello spritz. There are not too many other dramatic views around the Lake Garda to beat this.
Two glasses of Limoncello Sprits
What I also thought was lovely about Limone-Sul-Garda, was that there were so many lakeside benches for visitors and locals. You’d did have to buy a coffee, just sit amongst the palm trees and colourful flower beds and enjoy the view.
Lake Garda at dusk
You could sit and watch the lake continually changing colours until your heart was content. As the sun set across the lake, the transition that the glistening water surface evolved through was beautiful, blue to opal, to peach, pink and silver grey.
Where we stayed;
We stayed at Casa Albergo Sorriso for 3 nights and could so easily have stayed longer, the location is wonderful. We chose a room with a lake view, and it was stunning.
The hotel has free parking just outside, it is only around a five-minute stroll down into the heart of the old town, although, a few minutes longer back up.
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