Salò

Salò is one of the most unspoilt towns on Lake Garda. Think Belle Epoque squares with charming cafés, boutiques and grand townhouses. It suits relaxed days of enjoying scenery and long lunches. It’s not difficult to find a nice quiet spot here to relax. We love strolling along the promenade every evening before dinner – it’s one of the longest in Lake Garda so you can work up an appetite before tucking into some local food and wine.

The town gets livelier on Saturday when the market comes and during the evening it’s not uncommon to hear live music in venues along the lake. It’s right next door to Gardone so you can easily explore the Heller Botanical Gardens, too.

  • from£589pp
  • 217 rooms
Park Hotel Casimiro Village, Exterior

If you're looking for a peaceful getaway on Lake Garda, this hotel has the ideal spot. It's in front of a stunning sandy beach with easy access into the lake for a refreshing swim. There's a large pool with lake views and a tempting spa with indoor pool, sauna and steam room. The centre of Salo is easily reached by the hotel's shuttle bus that runs all day (payable locally).

 

  • from£499pp
  • 24 rooms
Hotel Duomo, Sun Terrace

Hotel Duomo is on the lakefront in the centre of Salo. Enjoy the town's bars, restaurants and shops or jump on a ferry to explore nearby resorts. There's a great terrace back at the hotel where you can enjoy views of Lake Garda and a fantastic restaurant serving up Italian specialities for dinner.

  • from£588pp
  • 43 rooms
Hotel Salo Du Parc, Exterior and Promenade

Hotel Salo Du Parc is a great standard hotel. The staff are very helpful and welcoming and the whole place has been maintained to a high standard. It feels very peaceful thanks to its lakefront setting and lovely gardens. We love the views from the pool and every room faces the lake too. The centre of Salo is a couple of minutes' walk away so getting out and exploring the lake is easy.

Excursions

Free Excursion: Pre-book three excursions per person and receive a FREE full day excursion to Verona

Please note that excursions are not pre-bookable in Salo for summer 2021 - some excursions are available to book locally, but will only run subject to meeting minimum numbers.

Verona Opera (evening)

The Verona Opera is definitely one for the bucket list! The season runs from mid June to early September and covers all the classics including Aida by Verdi or Turnadot by Puccini. Whichever performance you choose; you’ll have an incredible evening. We’ve included transport to and from the arena so you won’t have to worry about a thing. You can find out more about the opera and see the 2021 programme here.

Price: from £64 per person (price based on un-numbered steps tickets, upgrades are available) Not available for summer 2021

Departs: Various days from June to September (click here for the 2021 schedule)

Venice Classic (full day)

Spend a day in this rich and indulgent city; known for its spectacular Renaissance architecture, dramatic theatre history, cobbled streets and charming waterways. It’s not to be missed! Our Venice Classic excursion allows you to explore the city with a guide as well as at your own pace. You’ll arrive there by coach and a water taxi transfer is included into the historic centre. You’ll also have the option to add on a gondola ride (payable locally). There’s plenty of time to take in sights of the Basilica, Doge's Palace, St Mark's square and the Rialto bridge in your own time – this is the perfect introduction to one of Italy's most magical cities.

Price: from £70 per person

Departs: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Majestic Dolomites (full day)

We think the Dolomites are the most breath-taking part of the Alps and this excursion gives you the chance to embrace mountain life with one of our fantastic tour guides. It starts with a scenic drive through the exceptional South Tyrol, Val di Fiemme, Cavalese and Moena regions. You’ll then stop off at Passa Pordoi and take in the incredible views from this 2,000-metre-high vantage point. Then there’s some free time to explore the terrain at your own pace, either by taking one of the trekking paths or simply enjoying an Aperol at a refugio and taking in the views. A stop off at the chocolate box town of Ortisei is included on the way back to your hotel as well as plenty of stops for photo opportunities in this awe inspiring landscape.

Price: from £53 per person Not available for summer 2021

Departs: Mondays

Tour of Lake Garda (half day)

Get ready to explore the best of Lake Garda on this excursion – there’s so much natural beauty and picturesque towns to discover. See the spectacular mountain scenery of the north and the sunny plains of the south. Travelling by both coach and ferry, the tour itinerary for this excursion varies depending on where you start but will usually follow the famous Gardensana road lined with fragrant olive and lemon trees to reach the likes of Malcesine, Sirmione, Salò and Limone.

Price: from £48 per person

Departs: Mondays and Fridays

Verona (full day)

Verona is one of Italy’s most charming little cities. This day trip dips into the romance of the medieval city, reliving the scenes from Romeo and Juliet while wandering around through the cobbled streets and past ancient buildings. The impressive 2,000-year-old Roman arena is one of the best preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world and is currently home to the Verona Opera, and the marble paved shopping street of Via Mazzini leads you to the stunning Piazza Delle Erbe. The handsome city mixes its rich past and modern present with great style.

Price: from £47 per person

Departs: Tuesdays and Fridays

Please note that the price of excursions will vary depending on the resort you are staying in. We act at all times as a selling agent for the suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book in low season but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. Please see our terms & conditions.

Resort Combination

We love combining a stay in Salò with Lake Maggiore. It's the perfect combination for relaxed lakeside walks and beautiful scenery.

Things To Do

Sightseeing

We love just walking around Salò and its neighbour, Gardone. Bring your camera as you’ll want to snap away every time you come across a charming piazza or Art Deco building. You can stretch your legs along the promenade and look out over the lake – join the locals in the evening and take in the bustling atmosphere. To get further afield, take a ferry to one of the other resorts on the lake. The southern resorts are easy to get to and Bardolino and Garda are just a hop across the lake. If you enjoy gardens and art, then the Heller Botanical Gardens are a must.

Good to know

  • Buy a day ferry pass to explore Italy’s largest lake by boat
  • Take a boat trip over to Isola del Garda to explore the magnificent villa, built in the style of the Doge’s Palace in Venice 
  • Salò was the capital of Mussolini’s Italian Social Republic during the German occupation from 1943 until 1945. If you're interesting in discovering the town history, visit the museum to find out more
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