Italy is one of my favorite holiday destinations. I am a Europe kind of girl. Many parts of the world are probably stunning but none of these parts appeal to me as much as Europe does. I don’t know why it appeals so much to me… The architecture, food, cultures and languages , I guess? Right now Italy stole my heart again. Last year Tuscany was fantastic and this year we were staying near Lago di Garda, in the village of Bedizzole in a stunning home, found through AirBnB. I love this country so much. The sun, food, the architecture, its cultural inheritance…We feel very much at home here and we are thinking of maybe buying a house here when we are old and gray 😊. Then…who doesn’t…
The lake Garda is gorgeous with a lot of pretty pittoresque and very old villages. You can still feel the history of each of these small but very touristic spots along the ‘coast’. The more you move to the east side of the lake the more touristic it gets. We stayed more or less on the south-west side and somehow it felt a little less like a camping-site….😜
But all in all it is beautiful here. We visited places like Desenzano, Toscolano Maderno, Lonato, Lazise, Bardolino, Sirmione, Peschiera, Rivoltella and Salò. Apart from Lazise and Peschiera, which are pretty but way too touristic, all these villages stole my heart. But one in particular and that is Salò (and Sirmione, but more about that in a next post..)! An amazing little place with a romantic view over the lake. It very much reminded me of Montreux, another beautiful village at another pretty lake in another beautiful country :-). Walking along the boulevard, watching the boats, enjoying some gelato, soaking up the Italian sun.
Salò is a village with a bit of a tragic history. From October 1943 until April 1945 Salò was made capital of of the by Benito Mussolini founded vassal state Republic of Salò. A few of the hotels also have their stories to tell. Nowadays it is, thank god, just a very pretty place. Salò is also the birthplace of Gaspare di Salò (1542-1602), they say he was the first violin maker in the world…..This of course appealed to my hubs ;-).
But we soaked up the pretty architecture, visited a lovely kids-playground (with a view on the lake and the mountains!) and just had a great time. You can also shop till you drop, just be sure to bring a lot of money!
There you go, pretty Salò.