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Pictures of Limone on Lake Garda in Italy

Picture of a classic, dark blue Fiat Cinquecento at Desenzano Station at the South end of Lake Garda in ItalyPretty speckled lizard with a mainly green back in Limone on Lake Garda in ItalyPalm trees and cypresses round the pool at Hotel Royal Village in Limone on Lake Garda in ItalyPronounced "appay" and meaning "Bee", these tiny three wheeled vehicles work in the villages like Limone which lie round Lake Garda in ItalyView of part of the Hotel Royal Village in Limone sul Garda with Lake Garda beyond.Evening view of a restaurant in a narrow street of the old town in Limone on Lake Garda in ItalyNight time fountain in Piazza Garibaldi in Limone lit gold against the dark blue mountains across Lake GardaLate evening and the lights of the Hotel Le Palme in Limone are reflected in the water of Lake Garda in ItalyPicture of small boats in Porto Vecchio in Limone sul Garda in Italy at night. The mountains are visible on the other side of Lake Garda.Limonaia or lemon house lit up on the hillside of Limone at night. This is Limone sul Garda in Italy and may be the restored Limonaia del CastelNight scene with restaurant lights of the Hotel All'Azzuro. Hotel Le Palme is beyondCheeky sparrow waiting for food at the Hotel Royal Village in Limone sul Garda in ItalyNight scene of olive trees and palms outside our balcony at the Hotel Royal Village in Limone on Lake GardaThe boat stop sign at the edge of the pier in Limone sul Garda in ItalyBrightly coloured window boxes in Limone. There are beautiful flowers all over the tiny town on Lake Garda in ItalyThe olive mill of the oil producers' co-operative in Limone on Lake Garda. The mill is on the hillside above LimoneWooden plaque on an old olive tree commemorating the life of Saint Daniele Comboni in Limone sul Garda in ItalyOlive trees providing shade in the walled garden of the Comboni Mission on the hill above Limone at Lake Garda in ItalyLemons growing on a wall at the Comboni Mission in Limone. In the distance across Lake Garda you can see MalcesineLemons growing on a wall at the Daniele Comboni Mission. The view takes in the olive groves on the hillside at Limone and shows Malcesine in the distance across Lake GardaFruit and vegetables growing in the old hillside lemon house at the Comboni Mission at Limone sul Garda in ItalyChapel door in the garden of the Comboni Mission at Limone sul Garda in ItalyWhite olive blossom tinged with yellow at Limone on Lake Garda in ItalyEvening view looking down over Limone at Lake Garda in Italy. The tower of the church of San Benedetto is visible at the bottom of the picture.Hungry chaffinch among the begonias at the Hotel Royal Village in Limone on Lake Garda in ItalyRestaurant terrace at the waterside in Limone old town on Lake Garda in ItalyLimone sul Garda viewed from the waters of Lake Garda in Italy. The Church of San Benedetto in Limone can be seen at the leftThe tiny marina called Porto Nuovo at Limone on Lake Garda. Hotel Sole lies beyond on the promenade called Lungolago MarconiThe tiny town of Limone on Lake Garda nestled below the Dolomite mountains in ItalyEvening twilight at the side of the pool at the Hotel Royal Village in Limone on Lake GardaEvening view of the tower of the church of San Benedetto in Limone sul Garda, ItalyOlive trees and palms round the terrace at the bar of Hotel Royal Village in Limone sul Garda in ItalyNarrow street in Limone sul Garda with a gateway leading to the restored lemon house, the Limonaia del CastelRustic tiled roofs of Limone seen from the Limonaia del Castel. This is looking down to Lake GardaDistant tower of the church of San Benedetto over tiled rooftops in Limone on Lake GardaLemons growing in the restored lemon house Limonaia del Castel at Limone on Lake Garda in ItalyLemons growing in the restored lemon house, Limonaia del Castel, in Limone on Lake Garda in ItalyEvening in a narrow street in Limone, Italy. The jasmine smells fantastic.Picture of a narrow street typical of the old town in Limone on Lake Garda in ItalyBright red geraniums decorating a narrow street in Limone sul Garda in ItalyWide angle picture of Piazza Garibaldi in Limone in the evening with the mountains and Lake Garda in the backgroundEvening in Limone in Italy, looking across Piazza Garibaldi to Lake Garda beyondSmall boats in the tiny old port, Porto Vecchio, in Limone on Lake Garda in the eveningPainting above the doors of the Chiesa di San Benedetto in Limone showing Daniele Comboni with African children and Limone on Lake Garda behindCeramic sleeping goose above the notice board at San Benedetto's Church in LimoneThe Town Hall or Municipio in Limone sul Garda. The converted villa, originally known as "La Casetta" or "The Little House" is now called Villa Boghi.Warmly lit shop windows in a darkening street in Limone sul GardaLate evening twilight view of Porto Vecchio, the old port, in Limone on Lake GardaAs single swan with the boats at night on the water of Lake Garda in Porto Vecchio in Limone in ItlayNight scene of Limone at night, seen from the water of Lake Garda and with the Church of San Benedetto in the background

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Lights reflecting across the water of Lake Garda in Italy from Limone at night. The Church of San Benedetto in Limone sul Garda is visible at the left.

Limone on Lake Garda at night

The church is San Benedetto

Night at Limone on Lake Garda. Piazza Garibaldi is at the right and La Chiesa di San Benedetto can be seen at the left

Limone on Lake Garda

with the mountains behind

Hillside at Limone with olive groves and other trees. Malcesine can be seen in the distance across the waters of Lake Garda

Part of Hotel Royal Village with Lake Garda in the background

Evening restaurant in the narrow streets of the old town

Lemons in the Limonaia del Castel. The lemon industry collapsed before 1930 but this lemon house has been restored

The fountain in Piazza Garibaldi at night

Limone at night. The Hotel All’Azzuro is on the right with the Hotel Le Palme beyond

Quayside by the imbarcadero or pier. The restaurant of Hotel all’Azzuro is on the right and the restaurant of Le Palme beyond

A Limonaia or lemon house on the side of the hill in Limone. I think this may be the Limonaia del Castel but I’m not sure

Porto Vecchio at night, looking across Lake Garda. Porto Vecchio means old port. It can only take about a dozen boats

Pleasure boats at night by the Hotel Le Palme in the old town

Night lights shimmering across Lake Garda from Limone. The waterfront road is called the Lungolago Marconi

In summer, unless it’s been raining hard, it’s difficult to match this stream to it’s name, the Torrente San Giovanni

Classic Fiat Cinquecento (Fiat 500) at Desenzano at the bottom of Lake Garda

Vibrant window boxes brighten the evening

View from our balcony at the Hotel Royal Village. The olive trees and palms grow over part of the building

Boat stop at the end of the pier, the imbarcadero

Lake Garda in the evening looking down over Limone. The tower of the Chiesa di San Benedetto is visible at the bottom of the picture

Hillside villa above Limone sul Garda

Evening. Tall houses in narrow streets

The mill of the olive co-op

Olive tree shrine to Saint Daniele Comboni

The Ape, pronounced appay and meaning “Bee”, workhorse of mountain villages in Italy

Garden at the Comboni Mission

Lemons on a wall in Limone

The Garden of the Comboni Mission on the hill

Door of the tiny chapel at the Comboni Mission

Walnuts growing on a hillside with mountains beyond. Lake Garda lies this side of the dark mountain in the picture

Limone seen from Lake Garda

Afternoon at the pool of Hotel Royal Village in Limone

Olive blossom was everywhere in May

Hotel Sole on the Lungolago Marconi promenade. The tiny marina called Porto Nuovo lies in front

San Benedetto church tower in the evening

The gate leads to the Limonaia del Castel

Waterside restaurant terrace on the edge of the lake

We saw lots of these beautiful little lizards. If you know the species name please email us

The sparrows are able to tell the time, arriving on the terrace at mealtimes. They amuse the hotel guests

Rooftops in the evening looking down from the Limonaia del Castel to Lake Garda

Lemons growing in the restored lemon house, Limonaia del Castel

Porto Vecchio, the old port, in the evening

Evening at Piazza Garibaldi on the edge of Lake Garda



The Hotel Monte Baldo on Via Porto at Porto Vecchio. Porto Vecchio, the “old port” is tiny and picturesque, here with a single swan



Shop windows in the town in the late evening. Limone old town is lovely and feels different as the light changes. I love the evening










Porto Vecchio, the "old port" in the late evening. There's barely room for a dozen small boats




Sleeping goose, at San Benedetto's Vicarage



Painting above the doors of the Church of San Benedetto. The painting shows Daniele Comboni with Limone and Lake Garda


The Municipio or town hall. The villa, originally called La Casetta (The Little House) and now called Villa Boghi, has an interesting past

Piazza Garibaldi. The photo makes it look bigger than it is



Late May you can smell jasmine all over the town

Built into the side of the hill, Limone has narrow alleys

More rooftops with the tower of La Chiesa di San Benedetto in the distance

The View from the old lemon house at the Daniele Comboni Mission. Malcesine is visible across Lake Garda

Just before dark at the side of one of the pools at Hotel Royal Village

Hungry chaffinch at the Hotel Royal Village

Bar Terrace at Hotel Royal Village

The walk down from the Hotel Royal Village to Lake Garda takes you through the beautiful narrow

streets of the old town

The earlier part of this story can be found on the Home page


... The 3:30 bus to Gargnano arrived on time and I showed the driver the first of our large bags. He indicated to bring it into the bus. He looked a little surprised when it was followed by 3 more but the bus was almost empty.


Desenzano is a much more elegant town than I had remembered, and larger, and it’s easy to see why so many people love Lake Garda. All the villages the bus travels through are beautiful, Padenghe, Moniga, Manerba, Raffa and Le Zette. The town of Salò is particularly impressive, lying in a bay on the west side of the Lake. I’d like to stay in Salò. Passing through Fasano, Toscolano and Bogliaco the bus took about an hour to reach Gargnano where it terminated before going back to Desenzano. So now we were looking for a taxi to Limone.


Like several of the towns around Lake Garda, Gargnano is tiny, scarcely ½ a mile long. There was a taxi sign by the bus shelter but no taxis. In the bus shelter there’s a payphone with a prominent phone number for a taxi firm so, embarrassed or not, we had to try it. One euro later, and having left an answerphone message in broken Italian saying we were looking for a taxi for Limone from the bus station in Gargnano, we waited a bit but no taxi arrived. Time again to be brave.


Leaving Jac and the girls at the bus shelter I went looking and, finding no taxis, had to find someone to ask. I saw two men in a shop, working on some small electrical equipment, maybe mobile phones. The shop looked closed for business but the door was partly open and I pushed in.

“Scusi, parla inglese per favore?”

“No.” Simple answer if shorter than I’d hoped. No English then. I tried German. “Tedesco? Deutsch?”

“No.” So no German either.

“Taxi?” I asked. That translates pretty well everywhere.

The boss’s reply wasn’t difficult to understand. “Taxi? There are no taxis. Where do you want a taxi to?

“Limone” I told him. He didn’t hide his surprise.

“Limone? That’s 25 kilometres. They’d want 1 euro per kilometre there and back. Cinquanta euros!” He looked outside at a battered old Audi. “Audi?” he asked. “Cinquanta euros.” I needed to be sure about the number. I didn’t want to confuse cinquanta (50) and cinquecento (500). I guess he thought I was haggling.

“Quaranta euros” he said and wrote it on a paper bag on the counter, “40”.

“OK” I said. I managed to convey that there were 4 of us and lots of bags but he didn’t seem bothered. Now I needed to see Jac’s face. I needn’t have worried. As far a Jac was concerned any transport to Limone was better than none and the girls weren’t arguing. The boss gave the car keys to the other man, much older, and they removed the junk from the back of the car.  Somehow our big bags all fitted in the boot and we climbed into the car with our hand baggage. I had the front seat. I wrote the address of the hotel in Limone on a piece of paper to show the driver but he seemed to have trouble reading it. Whether he needed glasses to read or had problems with my writing I don't know. I read it out to him and he noted the street name and we set off. It only occurred to me afterwards that he might not be able to read.


In the back, Jac and Bry and Cat seemed blithely unaware of how rough the engine sounded, nor did they notice the fuel light which came on almost immediately.


Until the 1930's many of the villages and small towns on the West side of Lake Garda were not accessible by road. The road that was built to connect them is called the Gardesana Occidentale. Beautifully scenic and masterpiece of engineering in its time, it was not built for 21st Century traffic. The road passes through tunnels cut out of the rock, wide enough for two cars to pass but not two buses.


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Distant Malcesine sul Garda seen across Lake Garda from a hillside with olive groves above Limone on Lake Garda. Shimmering night lights reflected in Lake Garda in Italy from Limone sul Garda Small waterfall on the Torrente San Giovanni above Limone on Lake Garda in Italy Villa among olive groves on a steep hillside in Limone on Lake Garda in Italy Tall houses in narrow streets in the evening in the old town in Limone sul Garda in Italy


One of the pools at Hotel Royal Village in the evening twilight










One of the pools at the Hotel Royal Village in the late afternoon

Lots of little lizards round Lake Garda. This one was well camouflaged

Hotel Cristina. Great walking in the hills above the hotel but you need to be fit.

La Milanesa above Limone. La Milanesa is marked on the map but, as far as we could see, this is it. Pub with rooms. Great location.

Torrente San Giovanni. Quiet now but it’s not called torrente for nothing!

Beautiful walking above Limone but not for the fainthearted. Some of it is very steep

Classic Italian cypress tree at the Hotel Royal Village

Cypress trees. Lake Garda is in the distance

The mountains above are as steep as they look

Really beautiful countryside above the town

Limone in the distance on the edge of Lake Garda

The national park on the western side of Lake Garda includes the foothills of the Dolomites

Harebells? I think they’re harebells but email me if I’m wrong

The Mantova, one of the passenger boats on Lake Garda, at the imbarcadero (embarkation quay)

Malcesine on the far shore of Lake Garda seen from Hotel Royal Village

Olive groves on a hill above the town. Across Lake Garda you can see Malcesine in the distance

It’s not just lemons in Limone. These oranges are growing at the lemon house Limonaia del Castel

Palm on the terrace at Hotel Royal Village

The ticket office on the pier. Look for the blue leaflet with the promotions card before you buy. It will save you 20%




Palm tree and tall thin cypress trees in the evening twilight round the pool at Hotel Royal Village in Limone sul Garda.


Palm trees and columnar cypresses round the pool at Hotel Royal Village in Limone on Lake Garda La Milanesa near Limone sul Garda in Italy Hotel Cristina on the hillside at Limone sul Garda in Italy Hotel Royal Village in Limone on Lake Garda in Italy with a classic Italian cypress tree.

Torrente San Giovanni. Torrent only after heavy rain

Torrente San Giovanni at Limone in Italy. Quiet stream until snow melt or after heavy rain when it will live up to it's name Camouflaged lizard on a rock above Limone in Italy Woods and wild flowers in the valley carrying the Torrente San Giovanni down to Limone on Lake Garda in Italy Beautiful countryside above Limone sul Garda Rivers, trees and flowers in the national park above Limone on Lake Garda

Above Limone you enter the beautiful national park

The mountains get bigger as you climb above Limone

Shrine at La Milanesa

Quiet waterfall on the Torrente San Giovanni at Limone. Quiet now but it's not called torrente for nothing! Shrine to the Virgin Mary at La Milanesa above Limone sul Garda Cypress trees on the path from the hills above Limone down to Lake Garda

Olive trees, palm trees and mountains

Delicate mauve coloured harebells at the edge of the National Park above Limone Foothills of the Dolomite mountains above Limone sul Garda Narrow wooded valley looking down to Limone on the edge of Lake Garda in Italy Balcony view from Hotel Royal Village with palm trees, olive trees and mountains Hillside above Limone with olive groves. Malcesine is visible across Lake Garda in Italy Lake Garda and Malcesine on the distant shore seen from the Hotel Royal Village in Limone Crew of the passenger boat Mantova on Lake Garda in Italy Oranges growing at the Limonaia del Castel in Limone sul Garda in Italy The Ticket office at the pier in Limone on Lake Garda Palm tree lit at night at Hotel Royal Village in Limone sul Garda View from balcony at Hotel Royal Village in Limone on Lake Garda

View from our balcony at Hotel Royal Village

Walnuts growing on the hillside above Limone on Lake Garda in Italy. The Dolomite mountains are visible beyond.

Many streets are too narrow for cars but scooters pass

We love Lake Garda in Italy. When we get the chance we're hoping to explore more, towns like Desenzano, Padenghe, Moniga, Manerba, San Felice del Benaco, Salo, Gardone Riviera, Toscolano-Maderno, Gargnano, Torbole and Sirmione.

Night scene showing a boat at the quayside in Limone on Lake Garda in Italy