Limone sul Garda : J. W. Goethe and Limone

Sailing from Torbole to Malcesine on September 13, 1786, J. W. Goethe (Frankfurt 1749 - Weimar 1832), one of Germany's most famous writers and poets, was thrilled at the sight of huge citrus fruit greenhouses: "This morning at three o'clock I set sail from Torbole with two oarsmen. The wind was favorable at first, so we made good use of our sails. The morning was stupendous yet overcast, and it was tranquil at dawn. We sailed before Limone with beautiful, lush terraced gardens of lemon trees. The garden had rows of square white pillars evenly spaced and arranged in tiers up along the hillside. Large wooden beams sat on top of these pillars and were used to cover the plants in winter. Our slow progress made it possible to observe and contemplate such delightful things. Once we passed Malcesine, the wind completely changed direction and blew northward as usual." The words uttered by J. W. Goethe's Mignon seem written for the landscape of Limone: Knowest thou where the lemon blossom grows, In foliage dark the orange golden glows, A gentle breeze blows from the azure sky, Still stands the myrtle, and the laurel, high? Dost know it well? 'Tis there! 'Tis there Would I with thee, oh my beloved, fare. Knowest the house, its roof on columns fine? Its hall glows brightly and its chambers shine, And marble figures stand and gaze at me: What have they done, oh wretched child, to thee? Dost know it well? 'Tis there! 'Tis there Would I with thee, oh my protector, fare. Knowest the mountain with the misty shrouds? The mule is seeking passage through the clouds; In caverns dwells the dragons' ancient brood; The cliff rocks plunge under the rushing flood! Dost know it well? 'Tis there! 'Tis there Leads our path! Oh father, let us fare.

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