Located on the Brescia side to the south-west of Lake Garda, Salò is the first town in the Riviera dei Limoni. A holiday in Salo del Garda, which has been a tourist resort of international fame for more than a century now, allows you to enjoy the mild climate of the lake and admire the original vegetation of cypress trees, olive trees and oleanders.
The town of Salò stretches along the Gulf of Salò and it is sheltered from the winds. Thanks to its central location, which is close to all the main roads, Salò is considered a landmark for the entire area with its services and its dynamic economic, administrative and business activities.
Yet, its importance is mainly historical: Salò was the capital of the Magnifica Patria during the Venetian domination, and home to several ministries of the Fascist Government of the Italian Social Republic. Traces of its prestigious past can be seen all along the promenade in the elegant historic center with its buildings of historical and artistic value as well as shopping opportunities.
On the lakeside, at the height of the landing stage, you can find the “Palazzo della Magnifica Patria,” built in 1524 by Jacopo Sansovino, then rebuilt after the 1901 earthquake: it is the undisputed symbol of the noble history of the city.
The historic building is now home to the municipal offices, where in the atrium, you can admire the frescoes of Angelo Landi, and in the porch, ancient coats of arms and memorial stones are preserved.
The colourful historic center, between Piazza Carmine, the “Fossa” and the lakefront, is a dense network of streets, alleys and squares with stately homes, sweeping views of the lake, elegant shops, restaurants and bars where you can enjoy a break with breathtaking views.
Numerous hotels, even excellent ones, B&B, typical restaurants, and nightspots are to be found far from the center of Salò in order not to disturb the peace and quiet that the municipal government has brought along the lake in recent years.
What to visit
Lakeside of Salò between shops and restaurants
Vittoriale degli Italiani
Giardino Botanico Hruska (Gardone Riviera)
Cathedral of Sant’Annunziata
Church of San Michele