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July 21st, 2009 – by: davidsutton
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.
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