Limone sul Garda

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In my last post about Lake Garda, I showed Malcesine, where I was staying. Now I’m heading over to Limone sul Garda on the other side of the lake. I didn’t spend much money while I was in Italy, but a hefty chunk of the (tiny) budget went on ferry tickets. Boats constantly criss-cross the lake to all the towns, and it’s the most scenic way to see the area. If you’re in a hurry, you can take the bus on land, but I was on holiday, so by definition, not in a hurry.

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I had been to Limone a few times before years back. My memories were of very steep cobbled streets, and an incredible array of lemon-themed souvenirs. My memories were pretty accurate. In the past citrus farming was the major industry. Now it’s tourism.

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I climbed up some steep steps by the church to see the view.

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The tiled roofs of the town, and the feet of the mountains behind.

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You can see Malcesine in the far distance.

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This is almost as high up as you can get in Limone. It started raining though, so I headed even further up …

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… to the Limonaia del Castèl.

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It’s a traditional citrus garden run as a museum. In the spring and summer, the garden is open to the sun, and in the winter the windows are hung back on the frames to protect the trees.

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The trees are planted on terraces running along the mountainside.

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On a wet day in May, there were only me and two other visitors there. I imagine it’s pretty busy in the peak season in summer.

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They had lots of different kind of fruit there, and a small museum exhibit about the history of citrus fruit. I hadn’t realised before that most of the fruits we eat today are man-made, being hybrids of wild fruit like the pomelo and citron that are far less well known. I had never realised for example that the fruit we know as a simple orange is actually an artificial cross between a mandarin and a pomelo.

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