Limone Piemonte

Tourist Office

via Roma, 30
Tel.: +39 0171925281
E-mail: iat@limonepiemonte.it

Limone Piemonte is located in an enclave at the confluence of the Vermenagna and San Giovanni rivers. Its position close to one of the busiest cols of southern Piedmont has made it a place of passage since Roman times; as evidenced by the Roman road remains found in Limonetto. Limone entered the area of ​​the House of Savoy in 1581, and since then the Dukes of Savoy have sought several times to drill a tunnel to facilitate the passage of the Tende col. The road tunnel used today was opened in 1882, while the railway tunnel was opened in 1900. The Cuneo-Ventimiglia railway section is one of the most spectacular in the world. It is 90km long and goes from sea level to over 1000 meters altitude: it has 27 bridges, 33 tunnels and adventurous passages. Thanks to the tunnel, Limone begins to define itself as a touristic spot, first in winter, then in summer. Its urban landscape is characterized by the massive presence of residences and grand hotels, but the historic center has kept an untouched ancient village charm, with its stone buildings and its alleys climbing among the flowering balconies. Do not miss San Pietro in Vincoli Parish Church, one of the best-preserved examples of medieval architecture in this area, the Cappuccini Convent Church (18th century), Sant’Antonio da Padova (1657) and the San Giovanni Battista chapel (1614). After exploring the center, you can take a walk on the old Roman road to the meadows of San Lorenzo, an itinerary in the footsteps of popular devotion among the many chapels Limone has to offer. You can also plan to spend half a day at the Alpe di Papa Giovanni, a place that is not interesting only for believers. One can also consider a visit to the Ski Museum and a hike to discover forts and military forts on the Franco-Italian border. Finally, the Limone-Monesi High Salt Road, a dirt road that winds between 1800 and 2100 meters above sea level, is open during summer and autumn. The road is freely accessible to hikers and cyclists and motor vehicles are also accepted on toll payment.

Limone offers many ways to entertain you. The oldest festival is the Abaya – last Sunday of August – instituted in 1529, it celebrates the many companies of muleteers who – at the time of the county of Tende – transported goods through the pass. The statue of San Secondo, followed by decorated horses and carts adorned with flowers, scrolls through the streets of the village. The “massari” and the “massare”, the fanfare, the folklore group and the whole Abaya – formed of Old Abbà, New Abbà and Sergentin – participate in the celebration. The winter season is rich in appointments, with the Christmas Village (markets, music and Christmas shows) along with the Light, Music & Fire event and its pyromusical show.

Blason de Limone

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Abaiya de Limone Piemonte

Abaiya di Limone Piemonte

City
City Limone Piemonte
Typology
Typology Intellectual
Period
Period 1380 – 1600

The event takes place every year on the last Sunday of August for the celebration of San Secondo, martyred Roman legionary and to re-enact,...

Museo dello Sci

City
City Limone Piemonte
Typology
Typology Building
Period
Period XXI

The museum is in a beautiful building along with the civic library that overlooks Piazza Henry Durant in the highest part of the town.

Minor churches in the municipal territory

City
City Limone Piemonte
Typology
Typology Building
Period
Period XVII

Chiesa di Sant'Antonio da Padova, corso Nizza 1 Chiesa dei Cappuccini, Via Ex Convento, 1 Chiesa Parrocchiale di San Chiaffredo (Limonetto), Piazza Biancheri, 4

Cappelle minori - Limone

Minor chapels in the municipal territory

City
City Limone Piemonte
Typology
Typology Building
Period
Period XVII

The chapels of the villages of Limone Piemonte surround the town centre, following the housing fabric that in past centuries developed in the hamlets...

Galleria di Napoleone - Limone

Galleria di Napoleone

City
City Limone Piemonte
Typology
Typology Engineering works
Period
Period XVII

The tunnel opens onto a small green area and is clearly visible along the path that branches off from the municipal road.

Via del sale

Via del Sale

City
City Limone Piemonte
Typology
Typology Road
Period
Period Before 1380

The ancient road from Colle di Tenda, runs along the border, to then develop between French and Ligurian territory.

Riserva Bianca et station de ski

Riserva Bianca e ski-lift facilities

City
City Limone Piemonte
Typology
Typology Building
Period
Period Nineteenth

The slopes on which the ski-lift facilities are developed are located between the Maritime Alps Park and the Mercantour Park, a few kilometers from...

Via Romana - Limone

Via Romana

City
City Limone Piemonte
Typology
Typology Road
Period
Period Before 1380

The ancient Roman road starts from the centre of Limone Piemonte up to the village of Limonetto and to the meadows of San Lorenzo,...

Centro storico - Limone

Old town centre Limone

City
City Limone Piemonte
Typology
Typology Building
Period
Period Before 1380

The old town centre of Limone Piemonte develops along the orographic right of the valley in a basin at the confluence of the Vermenagna...

Borgata Limonetto - Limone

Borgata Limonetto

City
City Limone Piemonte
Typology
Typology Building
Period
Period Nineteenth

The village of Limonetto develops at the edge of a large grassy amphitheatre that rises towards the Costa del Pianard. in Val Grande, the...

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Bibliography

  • Escursionismo a Limone Piemonte : 12 sentieri scelti e segnalati / [testi a cura di Piergiorgio Martino e Mauro Ballestra] Blu edizioni, 2007 31 pages
  • Domenico Clerico Lo sci a Limone: cent’anni di storia, e poi ancora… Araba Fenice, 2007 127 pages
  • Maurizio Ristorto Limone Piemonte: appunti di storia locale Ghibaudo, 1981 223 pages
  • Laura Conforti e Laura Marino (a cura di) Le valli tra i parchi Marguareis e Alpi Marittime: Gesso, Vermenagna, Pesio, territorio della Bisalta Bbox Più Eventi Edizioni 2018 335 pages
  • Andrea Levico Vermenagna e Roya: le valli delle meraviglie Primalpe, 2007, 271 pages

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