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Limone is a town on the edge of Lake Garda.


Sandwiched between looming rocky massifs over a thousand meters high, and stunning views of the mountains above Malcesine on the opposite shore of lake, Limone is one of the most idyllically situated towns on Lake Garda. The narrow, stone-paved streets that wind their way between the high, stone walls of the ancient buildings, and a long promenade, fringed with cafes and restaurants, that culminates in a beach only add to the appeal, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations on the lake.

This popularity means that Limone is also one of the most touristy places on the lake, which, depending on your perspective, may be a good or a bad thing. It has an abundance of cafes, restaurants and shops selling all manner of souvenirs, food and clothing, and the streets in summer are thronged with tourists. The cafes vie with each other for business and there is often music and even videos blaring from the various establishments.

The town was popular with writers such as Goethe, Ibsen and Lawrence, and more recently was used for filming parts of the James Bond film Quantum of Solace.

Limone is the most northerly point at which Lemons have been grown commercially in europe, however the origin of the towns name is not connected to Lemon growing but relates to its' status as a border post in Roman times.

One of Limone's more obscure claims to fame comes from the discovery of ApoA-1 Milano, a mutant form of apolipoprotein, which reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, and is claimed to be responsible for the high number of people aged over 100 in Limone; more then a dozen for its roughly 1000 inhabitants.

Get in

The main road from Salo to Riva del Garda goes through Limone.

Ferries [1] sail between all the major towns on the lake. There is a regular ferry between Limone and Malcesine which costs about €7.

Get around

Walking is the best way to see the town, as most of the roads in the old section are very tight and are only suitable for small cars. If you dont know the area, its best to leave your car parked somewhere.



Behind the Comboni Missionary Center up the back of the town is a path that leads up into the surrounding mountains, the path runs about 300m up along the lake giving spectacular views of the lake and town. The path continues up to the top of the mountains where there is a plateau.

In summer it is also possible to rent windsurfing equipment for use on the lake, it is a well known windsurfing area due to its stable wind in summer.


Locally made Limoncello from one of the numerous stores around town that sell it.




The official website for Limone [2] has a fairly comprehensive list of accommodation.


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