Limone owes its importance to the ancient mountain pass of Colle di Tenda having always offered an important route of communication between the Ligurian coast, the Còté d´Azur and Piemonte; hence the name "Mountain of the two coasts".
The lemon, rather deceivingly depicted in the local coat-of-arms, replaced the previous one of three ferns, first appeared in the second half of 1700,- most probably due to the close bond with the nearby Còté d´Azur. According to scholars of ancient Greek the original name in local patois "Limun" which became "Limone" in Italian, derives from the ancient Greek meaning fresh green place, whereas other opinions take it from the Latin (limes) meaning ...
... limit, or border, elm tree, or otherwise the name may have had origins with Liguria and transformed after the Roman colonisation.
Proof of its ancient history lies with the pre-historic drawings located in the Valle delle Meravaglie (The Wonderful Valley) and the Via Romana (Roman Road), an ancient commercial route and not least the medieval buildings of the village centre.
Connected by both a good road route and rail transport makes for easy access to Limone from the nearby plains, Liguria and the south of France.
By the end of the 1800´s Limone was already a known Summer tourist resort and in the early 1900´s was one of the first Italian Winter sports resort. The favourable geographical position being so close to the Mediterranean, offers a mild alpine climate, inviting a year-round tourism.
The homely and lively atmosphere of the old town, the close vicinity of various open-air sports, the walks and a variety of itineries in the relaxing Italian/French natural parks along with other interesting opportunities of entertainment, all make for a relaxing and peaceful holiday.
In the high season a large pedestrian area allows the tourist to explore the main street and the smaller side streets without the disadvantage of traffic and parked cars, parking is available in various strategic points of the village - near to the ski lifts and housing area.