Trendy Salò is calling! Discover its lake views, castle, spas and more.

Salò is said to have the longest promenade in Italy. This wonderful stilted promenade is lined with colorful historic buildings, stores, cafés and restaurants. Wander the streets of the pretty town and appreciate the tranquil atmosphere and the classic elegance of Lake Garda.

Nestled in a natural inlet at the southern end of the Gardone Riviera on the western side of Lake Garda, Salò is intensely pretty. Monte San Bartolomeo rises behind the jumble of buildings, while the calm waters of the lake stretch out in front. Start exploring at the Piazza della Vittoria, one of the central squares, fringed by cafés.

From the piazza, the historic medieval town rises in the background, based around the grand Salò Cathedral. The late-Gothic 15th-century cathedral is a must-visit on a trip to the town. Venture inside to find the cathedral’s real treasures. Appreciate the vast dome, frescoes by Palma il Giovane and the Madonna with St. Bonaventure and San Sebastian by Girolamo Romanino.

Salò has a long history, dating back to Roman times. In the 1940s, it was the capital of the Fascist Government of the Italian Social Republic. It is also believed that Gasparo da Salò, the inventor of the violin, was born here. The medieval period is represented throughout the town’s architecture. See a splendid example at the Palazzo della Magnifica Patria, which dates to the 16th century and contains an interesting museum dedicated to local history.

Wander around the pretty little marina with small wooden boats neatly lined up. Spend some time perusing the shops. Stores selling designer clothes and shoes line the main shopping street, which runs parallel to the promenade and finishes at the Torre dell’Orologio, the ancient city gate. Pick up a one-of-a-kind design to take home.

Buses and private shuttles operate from nearby Verona airport to Salò, making the town easily accessible. Rent a car to see more of the surrounding region or hop on one of the many ferries to explore the lake.

Known for

Lakes, Castles and Libraries

Top hotels in Salò

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hotel Spiaggia d'Oro - Charme & Boutique
4 out of 5
Via Spiaggia d'oro 15, Barbarano, Salò, BS
£81
per night
8 Oct-9 Oct
4.5/5Wonderful! (182 reviews)

"Excellent location on lake shore and lovely pool. Poor shower which flooded bathroom.Tired decor."…"

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2019

Hotel Spiaggia d'Oro - Charme & Boutique
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Hotel Salo' du Parc
4 out of 5
Via Cure del Lino, Salò, BS
£103
per night
20 Oct-21 Oct
4.3/5Excellent! (233 reviews)

"We absolutely love this hotel for location, staff, food , always friendly and welcoming"…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2019

Hotel Salo' du Parc
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Hotel Laurin
4 out of 5
Viale Angelo Landi, 9, Salò, BS
£129
per night
12 Oct-13 Oct
4.9/5Exceptional! (25 reviews)

"Hotel Laurin in Salò was truly stunning. A combination of beautifully preserved original features throughout the building, together with very tastefully decorated rooms, fitted with high quality bathrooms and furniture. The staff could not have be more attentive, yet still maintaining a perfectly ..."…"

Reviewed on 1 Sep 2019

Hotel Laurin

Popular things to do in Salò

Scaliger Castle
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Scaliger Castle

Walk on the walls, venture down passageways and climb up a tower of this ancient fortress on Lake Garda in northern Italy.

Grotto of Catullus
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Grotto of Catullus

Jutting out from the idyllic Sirmione Peninsular, this expansive villa offers a glimpse of how the elite lived during Roman times.

Top activities in Salò

Venice full-day tour from Lake Garda
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Venice full-day tour from Lake Garda

£67

Enjoy a full-day guided trip to Venice from Lake Garda. Sightseeing with a guide in the heart of Venice, the most romantic city in the world. During this excursion, you will be able to see the most famous attractions of the Doge City, such as the Bridge of Sighs, the St.

Day Trip to Milan
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Day Trip to Milan

£52

Enjoy a full-day excursion to the fashionable city of Milan with guided tour. admire the beauty of the Sforzesco Castle and take the chance to see the last “Pietà”, the famous sculpture by Michelangelo.

Winetour 3: Lugana & Surroundings
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Winetour 3: Lugana & Surroundings

£46

A half day tour to appreciate the countryside and culture of Italian Wines. Take a sit in our comfortable air conditioned coach and begin your journey to the Lugana wine region. On this tour you have the chance to visit two different wine cellars in the area area between Mantova and lake Garda.

Venice Special: tour from Lake Garda
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Venice Special: tour from Lake Garda

£71

This excursion makes you live the magic of Venice in one day. Sit in a comfortable and modern coach until reaching Tronchetto, where you will leave the mainland with a private boat tour across the lagoon. Get off at St.

Day Trip to Verona
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Day Trip to Verona

£36

Spend a day in the romantic town of Verona, the setting of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. See the charming courtyard of Juliet’s house, the Arena, the Square of Lords, and the Square of Herbs. Then spend the afternoon shopping on one of the most elegant streets in Italy, the Via Mazzini.

Venice Full-Day Trip
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Venice Full-Day Trip

£71

Visit the famous canals of a unique Italian city with a walk through the streets of Venice. Spend a day amid the vibrant atmosphere, explore the center of the historic community, and get to know one of the most romantic cities in the world.