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The birth of the apartment house on the shore of Lake Garda

The story of the Romantic Villa Residence La Limonaia, a holiday accommodation located in Gargnano characterised by its familiar atmosphere and its honest hospitality

The Romantic Villa Residence, La Limonaia by Liana originated in 1996 from one of Liana’s childhood dreams. After many years of experience in the tourism sector, working with the best travel agencies, as an airport hostess and receptionist in some of the finest hotels, she finally decided to fulfil that dream and start her own business. Considering the fabulous strategic position of her home, right on the western shore of Lake Garda and within the Alto Garda Bresciano Natural Park, she could have kept the villa all to herself and her family, but instead, she gradually decided to create apartments and suites for people wishing to spend their holidays in a very special and unique setting. It started with just one family in the whole season, but Liana did not lose heart. With her will-power and tenacity, and still working as a hotel receptionist, she created ‘Residence La Limonaia by Liana’. She never lost sight of her dream and gradually more and more families came, drawn by Liana’s incredible hospitality which makes her guests feel as if they are truly at home.
The Residence takes its name from a splendid lemon grove, located in the garden, which, in antiquity, was one of the sources of livelihood of the local people. In fact, Gargnano in the Alto Garda, is one of the most northerly areas in Europe where it is possible to grow citrus fruits naturally.
A big hug to my husband, FRANK and my sons, my two jewels, Antonio Francesco and Ludovico Maria.

Historic places

There are a great many places and tourist sites in Gargnano, in the western area of Lake Garda, where guests from the apartments and suites Residence La Limonaia can learn about the history and culture of the region.
As you enter Gargnano from the south, the Palazzo Villa Bettoni characterises the Bogliaco area. The building is an exceptional example of architectural precision, reflecting the scholarly aristocracy of 18th century Lombardy. Built in the early 18th century by the architect Adriano Cristofori, the villa was commissioned by Giandomenico Bettoni.
On the other side of the road, as if to reflect the magnificence of the building, is the spectacular Italianate garden with its great exedra, nymphaeum and flowerbeds. Behind the garden there are some lemon groves and the park.
The sarcophagus of Argilo da Gargnano (1302), in red porphyry from Verona, is located at the entrance to the regional capital. The simple structure rests on four small columns and is flanked by the left-hand fragment of a curved niche, with the Latin grave inscription: This is the monument of the Lord Argilo of Gargnano and his heirs.
The sixteenth-century Palazzo Comunale (today the seat of the Consigli Comunali, local council) overlooks Gargnano’s small port, just a short walk from Residence La Limonaia. It was designed by Giovanni Traffegnini, inspired by the style of Todeschini.
The 12th century Church of S. Giacomo is the oldest building in Gargnano, while the Eremo di San Valentino (St. Valentine’s Hermitage), built against the rocks of Monte Comer, was erected by the inhabitants of Gargnano after they survived the plague by taking refuge on the mountain.
Palazzo Feltrinelli (1898- 1899), built to be a private residence for Giuseppe Feltrinelli, overlooks Piazza Vittorio Veneto. The building gained historical importance following its use in the time of the Repubblica Sociale Italiana (1943-1945). Like many other buildings in the town, it was requisitioned by the Fascist government which converted it into Benito Mussolini’s headquarters and had it patrolled by Italian and German guards. Today, the Palazzo is part of the University of Milan. Used as an international conference centre, in the summer it hosts Italian language courses for students from all over the world.
Villa Feltrinelli is just a few hundred metres north of La Limonaia apartments and is Gargagno’s most important historic building. It was built between 1892 and 1899, with some people attributing its design to Francesco Solmi and others to Alberico Belgiojoso. It sits in magnificent gardens and is surrounded by other buildings which once housed the groundsmen and farm workers who took care of the stables and lemon groves. The most splendid part of the villa is the façade facing onto the lake, while the gardens behind the building contain rare tree species. Between October 1943 and April 1945, Villa Feltrinelli was the residence of Benito Mussolini, who lived there with his family during the period of the Repubblica di Salò (Italian Social Republic).
Places to visit nearby include the Museo del Vittoriale, home of the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio, and the Museo della Corte. A short distance away, between Gargnano, Toscolano Maderno and Salò, are some of the ministries of the Repubblica Sociale. Not far away is the romantic city of Verona where you can visit the Arena where large-scale operas are performed.

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