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Ready for the ferry at Gardone
After a lazy day on the Monday - catching up on sleep and enjoying the local food and wine, we took the Batello to Salo' which takes just over ten minutes from Gardone.  Salo' is an attractive town with lots of shops - many specialising in high quality ladies' and men's wear with prices to match.  Say what you will about the current economic state of the world, it does not appear to have had any influence on these retailers.  That said, the shops were mostly empty of customers.

During the period 1943 - 1945, Hitler and Mussolini set up the RSI - the Repubblica Sociale Italiano - in Salo' and it effectlvely became the nominal capital of Italy until the Allies liberated the country.  Many of the larger villas were turned into ministerial offices.

Wandering along the attractive waterfront past hotels and restaurants we found the statue to Gasparo Da Salo' (1540 - 1609), inventer of the violin, and the ubiquitous lion of San Marco was all around us - Venice ruled the area until the fall of the Venetian Republic in 1797.  Art Nouveau also is to be found at every turn. 

Lunch was a leisurely affair at a lakeside restaurant which sprayed a water mist into the air around the diners which took the heat (32 degrees) out of the air.  Just around the corner from the restaurant was the duomo (fermato) and a shop selling twenty flavours of ice cream, all to die for.
bronbiles says:
Love the Art Nouveau. Did you bring me back an ice-cream?
Posted on: Jul 27, 2009
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Ready for the ferry at Gardone
Ready for the ferry at Gardone
Gasparo Da Salo - inventer of the…
Gasparo Da Salo' - inventer of th…
Art Nouveau wall paintint in Salo
Art Nouveau wall paintint in Salo'
photo by: carlitoVI