At the centre of the padres Comboniani, which in Limone is commonly know as the “ Tesöl”, you will find the recently opened “Museum of Curiosities”.
In this small but interesting exhibition you may admire curiosities of nature and men made which have been brought here by the many Comboniani padres from all over the world. You will find many rare shells as the famous “Tridacna gigas” (one of the biggest shell actually known), fossils, minerals (as a meteorite fallen to earth in China in 1516), the jaws of 5 different types of sharks, rare insects and the skin of an Anaconda and a Python.
You will also find archaeological objects of the prehistory man and the signed photograph of some astronauts as a reminder of modern man.
It is a big honour for our little village, that Daniele Comboni, the founder of the Institutes for Comboni Missionaries, was born in Limone.
For this we heartily suggest a visit in the "Tesöl", where you can get a good idea of his life, his work and you can simply relax in the special and calm atmosphere you find in this place.
To make his dream come true, which is to "save Africa through Africa", he did not hesitate to involve the whole church because he was convinced that his dream could only come true by the hand of god.
In those times, this was seen as a bold undertaking. But it was sustained by his unshakeable faith and his love which did not know frontiers which both brought him to bear high risks during his expeditions.
The difficulties he found on his way did not stop him at all and his slogan "O Nigrizia O Morte", which means to help Africans through their own hands, at the end brought him to found in the year 1867 the Institute for the missions for Africans" and in 1872 the institute of the pious mothers of Africans. His apostolic mission took all his strength and his life and so on the 10th October 1881 he died in Khartoum (Sudan) of fevers and fatigue.
The activities of the institutes he founded continued with much success and nearly one hundred years later in 1969 the Institute for female layman Comboni Missionaries was founded and in 1990 the Layman Comboni Missionares came to life. For his work, Daniele Comboni was beatified by the Pope John Paul II in the Saint Peter Cathedral in Rome on the 17th March 1996.
At the "Tesöl" you can also visit the native house of Monsignor Comboni, in a very simple flat which consists of a kitchen that was used like a "Stube", the bedroom of his parents and the childrens bedroom. On the wall you find all the letters he wrote back to his parents from Africa.
The chapel under the flat was constructed later and replaced the former woodstore of the family. Here you can admire the altar made of olivewood, the tabernacle of wrought iron and the woodcraft of the famous South Tirolian artist Paul Mussner who made the Holy Family, the Holy Cross and the reading desk.
The memorial gallery shows you what Monsignor Comboni found when he first came to Africa, how slavery influenced Africas history and developement and what became of the third world countries in general. After your visit you should tour the characteristic park that surrounds the abbey. A little further up you may find a small place where you can admire the most marvellous view over Limone and Lake Garda.
In the street Vicolo Pozzo nr.l (near the Roman theatre in the Piazza Isolo) in Verona you can visit one of the Comboni-Istitutes the "African Museum" during the following visiting days and hours: from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m to 12 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. On Sundays and Bank holidays it is open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.