Last year I visited and fell in love with Lake Garda, a massive lake in Northern Italy (known as the lakes region). Although popular with British and Europeans, this lake does not appear on many US travel recommendations. But it really should. This place is gorgeous, and the towns that dot the lake each have their own charm about them.
Read a more in-depth article about Lake Garda, here – I Have a New Love, Lake Garda
Limone is a small town built into a steep cliffside on the western shores of the lake. There are fancy resorts carved around the small town, and the town itself is mostly pedestrian-only with narrow winding alleyways.
On the first day, we took the ferry from Riva del Garda (where we were staying) and went to Limone. To be honest we didn’t know anything really about the towns, so we just hopped off at a few of the towns to explore.
The town of Limone was quite beautiful, but that day I had forgotten to bring my camera along with me and only had my iPhone. Even so, it’s tough to take a bad picture in this town.
Here’s a little photo tour of our day in Limone.
These were taken inside the Castel Lemon House. Growing citrus fruits in this town dates back to the 17th century.
The town was built into a rocky cliff. I loved being able to jump on the ferry and check out some of the other towns. They all had something unique to see and do.
This is what you saw when you got off the ferry. Not a bad view!
Above: Even though we were in Italy, they still had good German beer and many towns had quite a few German tourists. With such a close proximity to Germany, it makes sense that this would be a popular holiday. Another anomoly for Italy is that they served these massive bowls of ice cream. They even had one called Spaghetti Eis (spaghetti ice cream) which looked just like a big bowl of spaghetti.
The town was fairly touristy but I only heard German and British accents, and it really wasn’t crowded at all when we were there (in May). I think I heard a few people speaking American English at one point, but nothing like what we were surrounded by in Venice. The tourists didn’t change the beauty and charm of this town (and yes I know I was one of them!).
From Limone you could look across the lake and see another town I adored, Malcesine. If I were to stay in Lake Garda again I would definitely pick Malcesine as my home spot. The town is really pretty, there were really cute cobblestone streets, and while the town is fairly small they had a fantastic Irish pub.
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