Salò - historic capital of Lake Garda
The picturesque village was once of great importance and is still a popular destination for holidaymakers and day visitors today.
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Holidays in Salò at Lake Garda

Salò is considered the historical capital of Lake Garda. The image of the simple yet sublime town is characterised by some pretty palaces scattered around the bay.

If you walk along the lakeside promenade, you can still feel a unique atmosphere and the splendid past that defines this centre. Between great buildings, elegant shops, workshops and houses, the history of old trades and crafts still reverberates.

The centrally located Piazza Vittoria is right on the shore and with the coming and going of the many ships and boats, the importance of Salò was and still is evident. Almost every corner of the city has its own story to tell.

From 1337, Salò was the capital of the so-called "Magnifica Patria", a community of 34 villages on the shores of Brescia. This position was later recognised by the "Serenissima", the Republic of Venice. After the fall of Venice and the Napoleonic Kingdom, it was part of the Lombard-Veneto kingdom. And Between 1943 and 1945, the Italian Social Republic was established here.  

Activities & Interests

Just as the first tourists in the early 20th century began to discover Salò, an earthquake, ravaged large parts of the town. Evidence of this can be seen at the waterfront, which has been raised during the reconstruction.

In today's Salò, fishing continues to play an essential role alongside tourism. Quietly and silently, every morning the small fishing boats go out to the lake until the evening to fill their nets with all the delicacies which then ends up in the pots and pans of the best restaurants in the city. Among the typical fish dishes in the region include various types of freshwater white fish.

Sights in Salò

Piazza Vittorio Emanuele

A city tour is best started on this large square in the Fossa district. Through the clock tower, you enter the centre of Salò, which has retained much of its original appearance to this day.

Piazza Zanardelli

Piazza Zanardelli square can be reached via Via San Carlo. It is located directly on the lakeshore, making it an ideal place to enjoy a coffee or an ice-cream overlooking the water.

Via di Mezzo

Continuing uphill from Piazza Zanardelli, you come to Via Mezzo, one of the most quaint and rustic streets in the old town.

Cathedral of Salò

The current main church of Salò was initially the parish church of Santa Maria, which was rebuilt in 1453 in late gothic style. The façade is unfinished, but there is a beautiful portal, and numerous works of art inside, such as a three-dimensional floor mosaic.

Palazzo Fantoni

In Via Fantoni number 49, there is a beautiful 16th-century city palace housing several cultural institutions and exhibition spaces, including the University of Salò with its extensive library and the Nastro Azzurro Historical Museum

Palazzo Coen

The old hospital dates back to the 18th century and today houses and hosts the Civica Raccolta del Disegno art collection, with more than 500 works by contemporary artists.

Suitable accommodations in Salò
The accommodations at Salò were rated 4.3 out of 5 stars by 7 users.
Belfiore Park Hotel  |  in Brenzone
Directly at the lake with private shore