Perched along the south of the west coast of Lake Garda is the peaceful town of Salò.
The town of Salò has many boutiques and lake side restaurants/cafes to enjoy.
J and I spent an entire morning strolling along the docks and the shore, watching that now infamous mist furl away across the lake as the sun began to beat down on us.
All the shops close for the lunchtime siesta in Salò so keep that in mind when planning your day.
An afternoon discovering some of the many Villa's of Lake Garda, including the Vittoriale d'Italia is a must.
The Vittoriale d'Italia Villa was completely intriguing. It was owned and developed by an eccentric poet who added everything to the grounds from a former Italian navy ship to an expansive Mausoleum and a dog kennel which was elaborately decorated with statues.
It really is a site to be seen to be understood.
The enchanting Panorama Cinque Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to stay in Salò. We were welcomed by the sound of church bells from across the road and the vibrant owner of the B&B, Monica with her little dog not far behind.
Monica loves getting to know her guests and with only a few rooms for guests on her property, you really do start to feel at home. After a cup of tea by the fire, she gave us all the tips and information we would need for our next few days of exploring, including a hand written map with alternate routes to all the important spots in town!
Our room was delightfully appointed with designer accents in every corner. The enormous bathroom was definitely appreciated.
The best part about the Panorama Cinque was the incredible breakfast prepared daily. Homemade cakes and savoury tarts, fresh eggs and fruit, not to mention the coffee!
Of course you expect good coffee everywhere you go in Italy but Monica took the art to a whole new level. When you have a beautiful view and roaring fireplace in a spacious lounge room to enjoy, tell me who wouldn't be jumping out of bed in the morning?
After Monica's recommendation for a quick local dinner, we decided on Osteria al Galo. With a decidedly authentic decor and many nods to the namesake rooster throughout, this restaurant had us feeling like locals. We took a table on the terrace near the wood fire oven as the tables around us quickly filled up (not a tourist in sight). There was a lot of double kissing and excited greetings, even a sweet nun with her family. J and I were happy with our prime people watching spot.
We chose a pizza and a pasta to share and were not disappointed! Our pizza arrived in the shape of a love heart (very fitting for this loved up couple) and the pasta was large enough to feed a family of 4! They were both delicious and the best dishes we had eaten so far in Italy. If you are lucky enough to get to Osteria al Galo on your travels, make sure you try the house wine too, you won't be sorry! We wandered back up through the streets to our little room, full to the brim and completely content.
The undeniable history and inviting turquoise waters of Sirmione warrant a wonderful day trip to this peninsula town. Take a look at my previous post on Sirmione for everything you need to know to plan your own adventure!
xx The Strawberry Story