"Gasparo da Salò (1542-1609) is the name given to Gasparo di Bertolotti, one of the earliest violin makers of which historical records exist" (Wikipedia) - well, that is certainly something we didn't know prior to our visit to this town ...
Vittoriale degli Italiani was the last home of of the poet, political and general Gabriele D'Annunzio. It is a sort of town built by D'Annunzio between 1921 and 1938 in the small town of Gardone Riviera (5 Km north of Salò direction Gargnano). There you can visit the home of the poet, the gardens, the parks, the museum of the War, the library and the theatre.
The entry fees for all the monuments of the Vittoriale is 16 Euro for adult.
The interior of the Duomo has got three naves with the roof painting with geometric figures and angels. Inside you can see many important works of art. The main altar was made by Bartolomeo di Isola Veneziano (1333-1362) and the wooden crucifix was made by Pietro Bussolo (1475-1521). There you can see works of Guglielmo Veneziano, Gerolamo Romanino, Palma il Giovane and Andrea Celesti.
The Duomo (Cathedral) is the most important monument of the town. It was built in 1453 in a Late Gothic style on a project of the architect Filippo delle Vacche da Caravaggio (1452-1484). You can see the incomplete facade with a beautiful Renaissance portal with angels and saints.
This nice palace was built in the 15th century. It was the seat of the organs of government of the Comunitò di Riviera called Magnifica Patria di Salò. During the Italian Social Republic (1943-1945) the building used to house the Office of Interpreters. Today it houses the town hall. On the ground floor there is a nice colonnade with commemorations to illustrious Italian characters. On a side you can see the lion of Venice.
The town of Salò has got a wonderful promenade along the lake. It is about 1.5 Km long and it is the perfect place if you want to have a walk and admire the town from the lake. Along it you can meet some bars/restaurants and the Società Cannottieri Garda where you can learn to go by boat.
Vecchia Dogana is the old Custom Office, dating back from the Venetian period of the town. It is situated on the lakeshore in the part which was out of the town walls. On the second thought, it might be even older because the ramparts on the walls have typical Ghibellini style, which is characteristic for the Scaligers.
Due to a configuration of the place, there are a number of such a narrow and pretty much low passageways which connects streets and the part of the village built up on the hillside. Some of the passageways, like this one on the picture, are in particularly beautiful.
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.
Porta Rocca (Rocca means fortress) is western entrance into the town and it was a part of the town walls, destroyed during the centuries. Actually, the rests of the town walls building that was made to rebuild in 1377 from the Visconti, conserve the western Gate of the Fortress. Above the gate there is the tower of the clock.
Porta San Giovanni is eastern entrance into the village, situated a foot from the Cathedral. The simple stone gate is decorated with the Venetian lion, which marks the whole territory once under the rule of migthy Venetian Republic.
The interiors of the Cathedral, very large and monumental, is in particularly beautiful and rich with important works of art. The most valuable is "Quattro Evangelisti" , fresco in the cupola painted by Palma il Giovane. Wonderful "Crocifisso" in presbytery dates from 1449 and is work of Giovanni da Ulma, known also as Johannes teuthonicus. Besides, there are many other pieces of art worth of note.
The magnificent Cathedral of Salo, dedicated to Santa Annunziata, is one of the most appreciated sacral object in whole territory of Garda. It was built in the 15th century in Gothic style with one rich Renaissance entrance hall. Unfortunately, the front facade of the cathedral has never been finished.
Next time I will try and make photographs further away from my subject so I at least know what I photographed ;-) ..
I do remember seeing this on a door and I also know that the lion comes from St. Marco.
Probably a protective saint?
Porta dell'Orologio (Gateway of the clock) was an entrance of the medieval town. It was restored between 1769 and 1772 when was installed the clock.