history between churches and museums
Church of San Rocco
It is located in the north of the old town, just beneath the rocks of the mountain overlooking Limone. It’s dated mid 16th century, built by the inhabitants of Limone as thanks for being saved from the contagious plague that struck in those years most of North-Italy. It seems that during this epidemy, San Rocco visited Limone. The church was then completed and enriched in the next two centuries with frescoes and with the construction of the bell tower. During the First World War it suffered extensive damage. In 1957, during restoration works, some of the ‘500 painting came to light. The catholic mass is celebrated here on the day of San Rocco (16 August). From the church patio you will have the most famous view on Limone.
Limonaia del Castèl and Oleificio (oil mill)
Of particular interest are, to have a taste of the history and tradition of this magnificent territory, the Limonaia del Castèl and the Cooperative Oil Mill Possidenti Oliveti. The “limonaia” (literally the lemon greenhouse) has been restored to its former glory and it opened its doors to the public so that you can learn the ancient art of citrus cultivation. The Oil Mill produces excellent extra virgin olive oil from Garda DOP (Protected designation of origin, PDO) that can be also purchased in the mill.
Museum of the Comboni Tesöl
Saint Daniele Comboni, founder of the Comboni Monks movement, was born in Limone sul Garda, in a poor family that lived in the house of the owner of the Limonaia Tesöl. It might be interesting to visit the small museum with the house of Comboni and the small “museum of curiosities” set up by the monks.
The Museum of Tourism, promoted and inaugurated by the local administration in March 2011, narrates through images and other documents the gradual transformation of Limone from small fishing and farming village into a touristic destination. Here you will be able to see photos of the first hotels and camping places built in Limone, and compare the modern look of the town with the old one. Some areas of the museum are also dedicated to Saint Daniele Comboni and to the apolipoproteina, a special gene discovered in some of the inhabitants of the country.
Parish Church of St. Benedetto
The Church of St. Benedetto (Benedict) is now the seat of the parish of Limone and, therefore, the place where the Catholic Eucharistic celebrations take place. It dates back to 1600. For those interested, at the church you can find many artistic and architectural information about the building. Of particular impact is the external bell tower in white stone, with a onion-shaped roof.
Villa Boghi Park
Villa Boghi is a big liberty villa, now the seat of the Municipality of Limone sul Garda and derives its name from its ancient owner, Antonio Boghi. At the beginning of '900 was the seat of the offices of the Social Republic of Salò, and some years before it was even home to the German High Command. The villa is surrounded by a wonderful garden with many species of plant, that can be enjoyed during a romantic walk along the gravel paths; nearby there is also the Limonaia, that now houses the Fisherman's Museum. In the North part of the park you can admire a bust of St. Daniele Comboni, who was born in Limone.
Church of San Pietro in Oliveto
The small church is located on the road to Tremosine, in the heart of the olive grove and it dates back to 1186, thus it is evident the Romanesque style, with a single nave; inside you can admire the beautiful frescoes (one of which represents San Pietro) discovered in the late '80s, during a restoration. Mass is celebrated here on St. Peter's day (June 29). Details of frescoes are also visible on the outside walls.
Fishermen's Museum (Limonaia Villa Boghi)
The Fishermen's Museum, developed by the municipality, is located inside the Municipal Park (formerly Villa Boghi). Here you can discover the traditions of the rural fishery and the secrets of the cultivation of lemons, with many objects and photographs, which were given as gifts from many families of Limone. Before or after the visit we recommend a walk in the park of the Villa, where there are many plants, flowers and a beautiful pergola of roses.