Dotted all around Lago di Garda are little marinas, some limited to a handful of craft, others of larger volume. It's fairly obvious they're little used in the colder months, the boats wrapped in solid cloaks for their winter hibernation.
The water itself inside the marinas was also notable. Sadly, not for anything pretty but for the oil slicks and rubbish that provided the colour.
Salo's were no different from the rest.
Piazza del Cadute
This attractive little hillside piazza caught my eye as I broached the entrance and saw the glaring yellow colours surrounding a frescoe. I'm taking the photo from a small cafe that overlooks the cobblestoned piazza from whose edge there are nice views.
When strolling in the historic centre of the town, many little gems can be seen. This, in particularly beautiful balcony, can be seen on the palace which is situated right behind the Porta Rocca. If I am not wrong, the balcony is situated in Brunati Street.
Salo - a worthy stop
"A colourful place"
Thus it was, cruising down the western side of Lago di Garda, that I decided I had some spare time and it was time to stop. The town where I did this act was Salo. I ended up staying longer than I anticipated, without regret as it so happened.
In turn I drove up a hill, with no other reason than that advanced by Mallory at Mt. Everest - "Because it's there". And, "there" I found a little treasure trove of items, all within a few blocks of each other.
Chateaus, piazzas, gardens and the usual twisting narrow streets, not to mention the odd colourful house.
"Porta and the Fascists"
Some of Salo's history is well preserved, notably some of its gateways down by the bay. One thing I liked was the fact that they had some multi-lingual documentation explaining the history.
This one is the Carmine Gate dating from the 15th century, the only one remaining on the eastern side. It was restored in 1993.
Salo, in the province of Brescia, is on the western side of Lake Garda in the narrow Salò bay.
In 1943 it became the seat of the Italian Socialist Republican government and the last bastion of the Fascist dictatorship. In the 21st century it is a holiday destination for those who like the waterside and an excellent health resort. In the town you will find a late Gothic cathedral (15th century) with a fine Renaissance door dated at 1509, the sixteenth century Palazzo della Magnifica Patria which houses the Nastro Azzurro Museum (containing documents and other memorabilia of the Napoleonic era and the first World War) and the Ateneo of Salò (a sixteenth century seat of learning with an excellent library), and the modern Palazzo Comunale (town hall).