Salò The Essential
For historians, the town is linked indelibly to Mussolini, who set up the short-lived "Italian Social Republic" here in 1943, following his overthrow. For cinema-lovers, it brings to mind Pasolini, whose film, Salò or the 120 days of Sodom created such an outcry at the time. Located on the banks of Lake Garda, Salò proves to be much more tranquil than its reputation may suggest. It enjoyed a period of great splendour when it was the seat of the Venetian capital (15C to late 18C) as its 15C dome bears witness.
The 15C cathedral is a reminder of the