Limone sul Garda : The St. Peters' Chapel

At the center of the olive grove on the road to Tremosine, you'll find the first church ever built in Limone: "S. Pietro in Oliveto" (St. Peter in the Olive Grove). This Romanesque chapel with one nave, which was mentioned in a document of Pope Urban III, has a small white marble font and marvelous frescos (one of which, in the apse, portraying Saint Peter) that were discovered after a restoration project began in 1989.
The austere appearance of this church and simplicity of these frescos show how religious the people were at the time. After the San Benedetto parish church was built, the inhabitants of Limone organized penitent processions (until after World War II) to this chapel to pray for abundant crops and a good harvest, and to protect against natural calamities, disease and epidemics. The frequency of these processions diminished over time, from the first Sunday of every month to twice a year. Today, the procession takes place once a year, on June 29th (Saint Peter's Feast Day), and mass is celebrated in the chapel on that day.
The exterior of the small chapel is quite unassuming, save for a few remaining bits of frescos and inscriptions mentioning the plague, Napoleon's defeat, meager olive harvests, and bad weather. The bell tower was deliberately demolished during World War I because it was a dangerous point of reference for the nearby cannon station in Crocette. The chapel is therefore an invaluable artistic, religious, and historical relic, and was recently the object of interesting new studies.
The parish gave A.S.A.R. (Historical and Archaeological Association of the Riviera) of Salò and the University of Padua permission to start archeological excavations on July 3, 2004. They discovered that the church dates back to the 8th century A.D., and they also unearthed several important findings inside and outside the chapel: a large tomb made of red stone (believed to be of the founder) and a certain amount of materials, including coins, glass, metals and especially medieval ceramics, which indicates that a settlement existed nearby.

Limone sul Garda
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