Things to do in Limone sul Garda + More Travel Tips
Lake Garda is not only the biggest lake in Italy, but also one of the best places to see in Northern Italy because it offers a lot of activities, beautiful scenery, and cute towns and villages.
One of these cute villages in Limone sul Garda – actually it is not just cute, but the cutest of all the towns on the shores of Lake Garda and surely one of the best places to visit there.
Located on the western shores of the lake, Limone sul Garda has a population of only a bit more than 1,000 inhabitants. However, despite its small size, it is one of the prettiest places at Lake Garda and there are some fun things to do in Limone sul Garda.
In this post, you can find out why you should visit Limone sul Garda, what to do in Limone, where to go, and what to see in Limone sul Garda.
Limone Travel Tips
Before talking about the best things to do in Limone and the best tourist attractions, here are a few important things to know before visiting Limone.
Limone sul Garda is a town and comune in the province of Brescia, on the western shore of Lake Garda. Though it is one of the most famous places in the area, it is actually a vey tiny place with just a bit more than 1,100 inhabitants.
How to Get to Limone
By plane: Bergamo (Milan) and Verona/Brescia or Verona Airport are popular airports close by. From there, you either head to Limone by car or bus.
There is no train station and the bus connection might not be the best, but bus services connect the towns along this western shore of the lake, with some traveling on to Brescia.
You can also get to Limone by boat from Sirmione, Malcesine, or Riva del Garda.
By Car: We got to Limone by car (coming from Bergamo, near Milan). Streets are well paved (but driving to Limone also means, you have to pass some very narrow mountain streets).
How to Get Around in Limone
In Limone, you can walk to most places. You can also book a taxi and get to some of them that are not directly in the town center (like the cyclopath). Finding (free) parking lots is difficult and I suggest wearing comfortable shoes and being prepared for some nice walks (it is a bit hilly, but doable if you enjoy walking).
Best Time to Visit in Limone
Lake Garda, and Limone, are popular hotspots between April and October. While it is really hot and crowded in the summer months, I recommend visiting Limone in September or early October, or April and May. Limone can be – despite its small size – very, very crowded. It is not a hidden gem, so in the summer months, people from all over the world, and particularly from Germany, come to Limone sul Garda.
September is still warm, but less busy, and everything (like restaurants and shops) is still open. Prices are lower in September and October, and spring, too.
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Where to Stay in Limone sul Garda
There are a few hotels and accommodations that looked great – we stayed at a Camping site – but not in a van but in a small apartment on a camping site. I enjoyed it – my parents not so much because it was not really comfortable. However, here are tips for your perfect Limone accommodation:
Luxury – Hotel Splendid Palace is a lovely accommodation that offers many amenities and beautiful views from its rooftop pool. Check out rates here.
Mid-Range – Garni Gianmartin provides a savory buffet and lovely lake views. A favorite among solo travelers. Find out about rates here.
Budget-friendly – Hotel Cristina has a nice location and offers lake views, a pool, and friendly staff. Check out rates here.
Here are the best places to stay in Lake Garda.
Find the perfect accommodation in Limone here:
There are no 5-star hotels in Limone, but the Du Lac is one of the best-rated hotels in Limone and the 4-star hotel comes with great views. To find out more about the hotel and its rates click here.
Restaurants have a cuperto – a fee that is charged if you sit down in a restaurant and order food. The fee is different at each restaurant (around 1-3€ per person). On the upper area and towards the beach are small supermarkets. Other than that, you will find smaller stores and shops where you can buy food and drinks to go.
There are a few water fountains, so bring your water bottle and refill it with fresh and free water.
Fun Things to Do in Limone sul Garda
Tiny, but gorgeous. Spending a few days in Limone is perfect for fully embracing this adorable locale. However, many just visit Limone for a day – so, while this is not a typical Limone itinerary, you can use it as a 1-day itinerary (or enjoy La Dolce VIta and just do everything on the list more than once over a few days).
So, here are my tips on the things to do or see in Limone sul Garda.
Stroll the Streets
Limone is incredibly sweet. As you walk through the windy streets, you will pass small shops, stores, and restaurants.
But my favorite thing is the cute, old houses of Limone sul Garda. They are overflowing with colorful and vibrant flowers, hanging down from balconies and window boxes. It is one of the best attractions in Limone.
Walk the Promenade
The promenade is beautiful and one of the best places to visit in Limone. It is also very modern, having been remodeled in recent years. Flags of many European countries are on display.
The views are incredible. On one side, you can take in breathtaking mountain views. On the other side, you have views of lovely Lake Garda. You are surrounded by beauty.
If you’d like to sit and enjoy the scenery, there are some benches along the way, and colorful flowers, too. This promenade is truly Insta-worthy (yes, it is the most Instagrammable place in Lake Garda, but it is also so much more).
Enjoy a Gelato at the Harbor
The Harbor is a great place to take a break and buy a gelato. This is one of Limone’s most beautiful places. As you enjoy your dessert, you can take in the surroundings and wildlife. When I was there, I saw swans and even a turtle.
The Harbor is full of colorful Italian houses, Mediterranean flowers, boats, and people enjoying the sights as well.
Walk the Cyclopath
The cyclopath opened in the summer of 2018, right before we arrived, and it is stunning. It runs along the mountains and is partially above the lake, which makes it just amazing to walk on.
This path was built for bicycles, but pedestrians are welcome, too. Its length is 1 km.
The cyclopath is not actually located in the city center, so you will need to travel north about 3-4 km to reach it. But despite being a little bit farther, this is one of the best tourist places in Limone and worth the extra trouble.
I recommend visiting early in the morning when there are not a lot of people there.
Relax at the Beach
There is a free beach here, which is not that common in Lake Garda. It is a pebble beach that offers toilets and restaurants. If you like watersports, there are a lot of options here.
You can swim at the beach, day or night. Make sure to bring your own towels. This is a lovely beach to just relax at.
Visit the Museum of Tourism
Stop at the Museum of Tourism, a local landmark in Limone. I did not have a chance to visit during my trip, but it is one of the most interesting places in Limone sul Garda.
The museum is very nice and well maintained. It chronicles tourism in Limone, from the early days to modern times. There are tons of photographs and it is rather fascinating. If you have time to go, entry is free.
Learn About Lemons at Lemon Museum
This is another museum I did not visit, though I wish I had. Limone is Italian for lemon, and lemons are a big part of Limone’s history. Though most of the lemons are imported now, lemon cultivation has left its mark on the town. You can find tons of products made with lemons here.
The entry price is 2€, and the museum offers a look into lemon growing, providing lots of interesting information and a walk through the lemon grove.
Apparently, the glasshouses are best seen at night, though, when they are illuminated. This is a gorgeous Limone place to visit, and I can’t wait for my chance to see.
Cycle Lake Garda
I prefer walking to cycling, so I did not do this myself, but Lake Garda is very popular among cyclists. The path surrounding the lake is about 120 km.
They have made it very accommodating to the riders and cyclists who visit. If you decide to cycle Lake Garda, there are tools along the way if you run into any problems, and also an air pump.
Boat Tour to Malcesine
From Limone, you can take a day trip to Malcesine. And the best way to do that – by boat! Since, Malcesine is located right across the lake, going by car would take forever, so this is both the fastest and most fun way to get there.
There is a lovely boat tour available that will take you from Limone to Malcesine in 20-30 minutes. A round-trip ticket will cost about 10€.
Malcesine is a bustling town set at the base of Mount Baldo. This is a great place for watersports and hiking. And if you prefer to relax and just stroll, the old town and harbor are perfect.
Day Trip to Riva del Garda
One of the best places to travel in Limone is to Riva del Garda. On the very northern shores of Lake Garda, this beautiful village is full of activities and sights.
To get to Riva del Garda from Limone, you can take a car or bus, or come by boat.
Spend the day exploring the exciting old town, strolling the waterfront, and climbing to the top of the clock tower (only 165 steps up) for wonderful views. This is the perfect place for watersport lovers, and if you like colorful old buildings, there are plenty here to delight you.
Day Trip to Sirmione
Another great day trip is to the gorgeous village of Sirmione. While it is a little farther than Riva del Garda, it is worth the travel time.
Getting to Sirmoine takes about 3 hours by boat – one way. By car is a little faster, about 1-1 ½ hours, and by bus, it will take about 2 hours.
Once you arrive at this village that sits on the southern peninsula, enjoy the old town – full of winding little streets and beautiful houses. There is also a castle to explore, as well as the ruins of Grotte di Catullo, an ancient Roman villa.
Visit the Market in Limone
Still wondering where to go in Limone? My final suggestion is the Market. Market day is on Tuesdays in Limone (not in the winter months though) and held in the mornings.
While not as big as the ones in other towns along Lake Garda, this is the perfect place to pick up souvenirs and local products. The Market is a tradition and definitely one of the events you should see while in Limone.
As you can see, visiting Lake Garda gives you the opportunity to see one of its cutest towns. This list of the top places to visit in Limone and the most notable points of interest in Limone will hopefully help you have a fabulous trip here yourself.
Things to Do in Limone at Night
When you are in Limone and walk the promenade, head to the upper part of Limone sul Garda and to the street named “Via IV Novembre 24.“
There you will find a globe and some musical instruments that are beautifully illuminated (some might say it is corny, but I say it is pretty, and next to the globe, you will also find a bridge that is illuminated with the Italian flag). Personally, my tip for the best place to visit in Limone at night (or evening).
As you can tell, I totally adore Limone – it is actually one of my favorite places in Northern Italy and I cannot wait to visit again! I hope, this quick Limone sul Garda travel guide will help you planning your trip and planning the best things to do in Limone.
If you are planning a trip to Lake Garda check out my 1-7-day Lake Garda itinerary.