Salò is probably the most beautiful town on Lake Garda and enjoys a fabulous position on the bay of Golfo di Salò, with a back drop of the steep, tree-clad hills of St Bartolomeo. Salò has a the longest ‘lungolago’ (promenade) of all the lakeside towns. It starts at the historic center, going past the marina and all the way around the bay to Salò’s very beautiful beach. Since 2016 the footpath carries on round to Portese.
There is a vast selection of pizzerias and restaurants where you can dine ‘al fresco’, sampling the amazing local foods and wine; if you haven’t tasted pizza in Italy then you haven’t tasted pizza. Many of these bars, pizzerias and restaurants are right on the lake front, giving it that riviera feel. During the summer visitors pull up in their boats, step off and take lunch before sailing off to spend the afternoon on the lake; think St Tropez.
Salò’s varied history starts in Romans times, through the Napoleonic and Risorgimento era and continues right up to the Second World War, when it was the capital of Mussolini’s Italian Social Republic. The legacy of it’s history is a fascinating network of narrow streets, small
Throw on your ‘glad rags’ and join the Italians in their ‘passagiata’, a Sunday afternoon stroll along the “Lungolago”. Stopping for a ‘gelato’, café or an aperitivo, whilst you sit and watch the world go by, or gaze across the bay at the stunning views, a wonderful experience.