Salò is picturesquely situated in a bay at the foot of Monte San Bartolomeo. With its approximately 10,600 inhabitants, it is the largest city on the western shore of Lake Garda and has been able to retain its authentic atmosphere. The city is not only a climatic spa and bathing resort but also a shopping paradise with small alleys and picturesque squares. But Salò has a lot more to offer for its visitors.
In the Salo museum, numerous exhibits are showing the rich past of the city on Lake Garda and its inhabitants. Opened in 2015, the museum offers exciting insights into the history of Salò, from the 15th century to the Second World War. A visit to the museum is also worthwhile for art enthusiasts. There are paintings, drawings, manuscripts, land sculptures from different eras, and a collection of historical musical instruments. Besides, concerts and events take place in the courtyard all year round.
The cathedral on the edge of the old town is particularly worth seeing. The Duomo, which is one of the most famous churches on Lake Garda, may seem inconspicuous from the outside with its brick facade, but inside it hides real treasures and is worth a visit. The intricately designed interior of the late Gothic church with its beautiful, three-dimensional mosaic floor and the eleven-meter high Venetian dome is worth seeing in itself. The richly decorated altar and the numerous paintings such as “Saint Anthony of Padua” by the painter Gerolamo da Romano or the beautiful representation of Christ from the 16th century can be admired here.
Chating with the locals is particularly enjoyable as a visitor at the weekly market on Saturday morning. No matter if you are looking for bargains or want to enjoy the busy flair, you will have a great time there. On a tour of discovery along with the colorful stands, everything from Italian fashion or souvenirs to regional foods such as Parmesan or olive oil can be bought. Usually, there is a lot of trading on the market. The market starts on Saturday at 8 a.m. and ends around 1 p.m.
The impressive clock tower with the former western city gate is located at the beginning of the pedestrian zone. It once had a drawbridge and protected the city from unwanted intruders. In the 16th century, one of the five public clocks was installed, giving the tower its name. Today it is a frequently snapped photo motif as a reminder of a visit to Salò and reminds of the old tradition of tower clock construction.
The Palazzo Della Podestà, built in the 14th century with its impressive arcade and Venetian facade, stands directly on the waterfront. Today the Salò town hall is housed in the palace. The building was destroyed in the great earthquake in 1901, in which many of the town’s historic buildings fell victim, and then rebuilt in great detail.