Salo is one of many small towns on the banks of Lake Garda, the biggest lake in Italy. It’s located in the Province of Brescia in the region of Lombardy which is in Northern Italy. Make your holiday extra special by planning a trip that includes a visit to more than one of these little towns, each of them come with their uniqueness and history. Traveling around this area is hassle-free, so with some good planning beforehand, you will have a whole trip set up in no time.
The town of Salo was founded in the Roman period and in the middle ages it was the stronghold of the Visconti Family. It came under the control of the Republic of Venice in 1440 and from 1943 to 1945 it became the capital of Mussolini’s Nazi-backed state, Republic of Salo. Mussolini was the prime minister of Italy from 1922 to 194. He established a fascist regime that valued militarism, nationalism, and anti-communism along with strict censorship and state propaganda. He was a close ally of Adolf Hitler though people have different theories regarding his intentions regarding that alliance.
Salo has a lot of things to do and see, so read about it before you leave for your trip and make a list of everything you want to see. The Library of the Academy of Salo is a good place to start your journey. It was founded by the poet Filippo Meio Voltolina in 1564. He aimed to encourage more cultural activities. It contains more than 25,000 volumes and manuscripts from the 13th century. You can visit the library from Tuesdays to Thursdays. Phone them to make sure the exact times that they open and close to avoid disappointment.
In the center of the town is the Salo Cathedral. The first stone was laid on October 7, 1453, and dedicated to Saint Maria Annunziata. It’s a beautiful cathedral and looks perfect as a backdrop for pictures of the family in Italy. Inside you will find the chapel of the Holy Sacrament and decorations done by Giovan Battista Trotti. Like many other churches and cathedrals in Italy, this one also houses quite a few amazing paintings. If you are in Salo in July, then you might be able to attend one of the classical music concerts held in the square before the Cathedral.
The Saint Bernardino Church is another beauty you shouldn’t miss. It dates back to 1476 and there’s a triptych that portrays the nativity. It was painted by Zenon Veronese and he also painted the altarpiece on the high altar. If you appreciate art then you will love this! Don’t forget your camera at the hotel when you go sightseeing. You should take a lot of photos while on holiday and put them all in an album once you get home. That way you can show friends, family, and colleagues everything you saw and tell them about the things you’ve learned.
There are a lot of narrow little streets in the old city center of Salo, between the Piazza Carmine and the lakeshore. It’s lined with elegant homes and shops. All women love shopping, so looking around in the tiny shops will be a great treat. You will find a lot of things to take home as gifts! Stick to the budget that you set out for shopping and don’t overspend. If you are visiting more than one town you might run out of spending money if you overindulge in the shops.
La Campagnola is a great restaurant in Salo. The chef, Angelo Dal Bon adores Garda and prepares wonderful local dishes with a hint of creativity. The place has a wonderful atmosphere, its warm and friendly.
On the main street of the old town center you will find Osteria dell’Orologio. They also specialize in local food and have a very impressive wine list. It’s trendy and informal with delicious food. The waiters are well trained and can help you pick the perfect wine to have with your meal. You will feel right at home here!
Salo is filled with friendly locals and a lot of things to see and even more to learn. The history is intense and interesting. It’s really a piece of heaven on earth and you will enjoy every moment you spend exploring this gem.