'Scalottole' is the name given to the stepped cobbled streets that epitomize Bellagio, and the best thing to do is just wander around them at will. You can't get lost because the village isn't that big but perhaps even more memorable is to just take in the views from the lakeside.
Bellagio is without doubt a picturesque village in a most fabulous location, but if I thought that then you can rest assured that many other people do as well, so try to time it right if possible.
We came here for a day trip by boat from Como in the third week in September. We chose a day when the weather was set fair and it turned out perfect. As with visiting anywhere timing is all important to see somewhere at its optimum and Bellagio is no exception.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Bellagio was walking down to Punta Spartivento and stopping for lunch at La Punta Ristorante. It's in a fantastic location and has a lovely outside terrace where we sat and enjoyed our lunch in beautiful weather.
Favorite thing: One of the most charming things about Bellagio is its PICTURESQUE COBBLED STAIRWAYS or Salita. They all lead to the Upper Part of the town where residential areas and many more shops, restaurants and Hotels can be found. Kate and Jerry ventured up, but Hans and I opted to stay below and relax on a bench near the Lake. It was a very hot day and I did not have the energy to climb up all those stairs.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Hans and I, along with Kate (Goodfish) and Jerry, spent a lovely afternoon in Bellagio. We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day to explore this "Pearl of Lake Como".
BELLAGIO is located on Lake Como, in the province of Como and the Italian region Lombardy. It has long been famous for its setting at the intersection of the three branches of the Y-shaped Lake Como. Bellagio is situated at the tip of the peninsula separating the lake's two southern arms, with the Alps clearly visible across the lake, to the North.
The Romans were the first to use Bellagio as a holiday resort. It was also one of the villages most frequented by the Lombardy nobility and thus began the construction of villas and gardens. Luxury shops opened in the village and tourists began to arrive. So tourism had now become the principal economic resource of the people of Bellagio. Hotels were constructed. The first was the Hotel Bellagio, founded in 1825, followed by Hotel Genazzini.
Today, Bellagio is visited by many tourists like us, who thoroughly enjoyed our time there.
The Il Sorbetto Internet Cafe offers the cheapest rates for internet in Bellagio.
They have 2-3 computers with high-speed internet connections available for use for about 4 Euros/hour.
You can grab yourself a sorbet and surf the web at the same time! What could be better than to gloat to your friends that you have ice cream and are in one of the most beautiful areas in the world all at the same time.
Bellagio is located on the point of land that divides Lago di Como into three parts. From its location, one can see the entire expanse of the lake and a view of the Alps!
Across the lake from Bellagio is the elegant Villa Carlotta. This villa is open daily from 9 am-6pm. There is an entrace fee which is not too steep.
The villa was built by a Prussian princess for her daughter. The gardens are almost as beautiful as the villa itself. The picture shows one of the many sculptures that we observed while there. This particular sculpture is by the famous Canova.
Fondest memory: We were in Bellagio in the spring, and the Villa Carlotta gardens were starting to burst forth with color. There were azaleas, camellias, and rhododendrons of various color and size. It was quite grand.
Other beautiful villas with gardens include Villa Melzi which was built by Franceso Melzi, a friend of Napoleon. It has Egyptian sculptures.
In addition, there is Villa Serbelloni, now owned by the Rockefeller Foundation.
All these villas, but especially Villa Carlotta, were quite spectacular.
Favorite thing: Bellagio is full of cute passages, with cozy restaurants hidden inside and usually there are always panels indicating where you are and where you're going, also with commercials and advertisements of the nearby shops , cafes, restaurants, galleries...
Favorite thing: Bellagio is also full of colours in the autumn, and since there are many wonderful villas, you'd be amazed with a variety of flora and the colours they change throughout the year. These are the gardens of Villa Melzi, one of the most famous villas in Bellagio.
Favorite thing: There are several places to take the ferry, depends where you want to go. Most of them are in the center, of course, and impossible to miss. But be sure to check where is the exact borading place, where you want to go!
Favorite thing: When you're arriving to bellagio you'll face this beautiful view, of the town scattered on the hills over the lake, all in fantastic colours, and beautiful Alps behind. Stop for a while and admire the view! :)
Favorite thing: From Bellagio you can see the Alps. Naturally, as entire lake is surrounded by Alps! But, if you are at the shore you can enjoy the beautiful view of Alps coming out of the water, and if the peaks are cverd in snow it is exquisite!
Favorite thing: When you take the ferry in Bellagio, it's the unique opportunity to see the town up front, in a way you can't see it when you are in it! I love the colourful houses (most of them are hotels and restaurants), villas and parks, and the way it looks from the lake perspective! It's especially beautiful in a sunny afternoon.
Favorite thing: Palm trees in the Alpine area?! Impossble! you'd say. Well, it is NOT! Bellagio is full of palm trees (as well as some other places along the lake), and not only palms, but olives as well! Olive oil from Como lake is very famous! Anyway, this Mediterranean flora gives the impression of being somewhere at the seaside, not in the Alps! :) And it certainly adds to the charm of the place.
Favorite thing: All along the lakeside there are numerous hotels, in beautiful earthly shade colours, but also bright ones, like pink, red and yellow. They are very expensive, but as Bellagio is quite a pompous place, that is to be expected. Nonetheless, they are very beautiful and give a cheerful disposition to the place.
For sure this is what can be called a touristic spot ... but I was there in January and the only shops open were a bar and a souvenirs one. Moreover, also the parking fee collector was closed !
As sometimes happens these "conditions" make the visitor more connected to deepness emotions and feelings ... and this was the case as well.
... so connected that I forgot to take pix !!!!!!
Fondest memory: It's a sad memory actually; Villa Melzi is a big building now completely abandoned, partially destroyed and ruined.
Sometimes it's not so easy to understand how these stuff can happen, but if you go there (trust me) u'll be disappointed !!!
Other nice parts are the short walk beside the lake in the main square and a tiny pedestrian street climbing the hill.
Favorite thing: Bellagio is full of romantic corners. You can't experience and appreciate them as much in the high touristy season and weekends, so get out there on a week day and explore. You might be surprised...