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.

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.

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

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

You can see Malces­ine in the far distance.

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

… to the Limon­aia del Castèl.

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.

The trees are planted on terraces running along the moun­tain­side.

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.

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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