Thursday, September 04, 2014

Overdrive Italia 2014- Fourth Day: Salò of Sodomy, of Music, and of Romance

After the convention the following day, we went straight ahead to the northern city of Salò.

It is located in the Lombardy region. It’s quite a small town but has a very rich history and culture, dating back up to the times of Ancient Rome.

When we came there, I fell in love with it. I have this thing for small cultural towns.

Beside this church is a street that leads to the center of the city

It’s a city beside the Lake Garda. And there are rows of restaurants and bars with live bands and music artists. In fact, in the music world, Salò is known for Gasparo da Salò, one of the best makers of violins during the 16th century, and for being the host of the Festival Violinistico Internazionale Gasparo da Salò, an international music festival where the best European orchestras perform with the best international conductors.

We visited the Duomo di Salò, dedicated to Santa Maria Annunziata. It is one of the major examples of late gothic architecture. It was designed by Filippo delle Vacche but was never finished.

My friend, the photographer, took us to the studio of this painter. I dunno who he is. But he’s a genius. Forgot his name though. I can’t take pictures of his paintings of course.

During the fascist regime of Benito Mussolini, some of the ministries were based here. And if you search the word Salò, you might come across the last movie made by Italian genius and film-maker Pier Paolo Pasolini, Salò or The 120 Days of Sodomy. Yes, it’s an intellectual porn, the kind that will fuck your brains out. And more than that, it’s really a very disturbing one- scenes of rape, orgy, mind-fucking narrations, people forced to eat shit, people forced to have sex with this and that. I’ve seen it. Now, I’m not sure if I’m a better human being after this. It’s trash and at the same time a masterpiece if you really try to look at it from a different perspective. It was partially based on the novel written by Marquis Donatien Alphonse François De Sade, the guy who practically invented BDSM and the literary father of erotic novels such as 50 Shades of Shit, I mean Grey. OK BACK TO ROMANTIC SALO’.

It’s really a romantic city. I’m planning to come back here again next year, this time not with my friends, but with someone special. Believe me, it’s the worst place to be single, and one of the best places for lovers.  

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