Small & charming; best during off-season
more tourists than locals in the warmer months; small
One of the most beautiful and friendly places I have been to
The Basilica of San Giacomo, built around the end of the 10th century to the beginning of the 12th century, is considered an excellent example of Roman - Lombard architecture. The church has undergone many reconstructive periods, and while I found the main altar quite beautiful, it was still a very somber and dark interior which greeted my...more
The Villa Melzi is a short walk from the centre of Bellagio along a promenade lined with oleander trees. The Villa was built between 1808 and 1810 for Francesco Melzi d'Eril, who was vice president of the Italian Republic under Napoleon. It was designed by Giocondo Albertolli. Although the villa itself is not open to visitors, there is a small...more
Varenna, on the eastern shore of the lake, can be visited easily from Bellagio by either the car ferry or the passenger service. A return ticket costs €9.20. I found it a more attractive town than Cadenabbia as the main road is higher up and does not come through the centre of the town. There is a very pleasant walkway along the lake side between...more
The Basilica of San Giacomo, built around the end of the 10th century to the beginning of the 12th century, is considered an excellent example of Roman - Lombard architecture. The church has undergone many reconstructive periods, and while I found the main altar quite beautiful, it was still a very somber and dark interior which greeted my friends...more
On one day with very fair weather, our group chartered a boat to show us around Lago di Como. While the boat looked quite small from the outside, inside it was quite roomy and comfortable with cushioned seats and could hold probably about 20 people. On the aft end of the boat there was enough outdoor seating for about another 6 to 8 people.Our...more
This tower dates from the eleventh century and was formerly part of the town's defences. Now the space is used for temporary exhibitions. In the lower part of the tower is the small Comune di Bellagio information office, where you can buy tickets for the Villa Serbelloni tour.more
Frazione Sossana, 2, Lezzeno, Lake Como, 22025, Italy
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Via Valassina 31, , Bellagio, Lombardy 22021
Good for: Business
A wonderful hotel in Bellagio. The owners are so friendly (we once chatted with the owner for half...more
The hotel Metropole is actually the very first hotel that opened in Bellagio, back in 1825. We chose to eat in its lakeside restaurant one evening because a thunderstorm was threatening and we wanted to eat somewhere under cover with a good view of lightning over the lake. From that point of view it was an excellent choice!The food was also very...more
LA PUNTA is the only restaurant in this part of Bellagio. It has a splendid view on the lake and the park in front, with lovely spring foliage. Staff is very kind and pro, they speak several languages (English, German, French...) Menus are delicious! Try antipasto di lago, a starter with freshwater fish of the lake, delicious! Then, gnochetti al...more
La Punta is located right on Punta Spartivento, the point of the triangle occupied by Bellagio, so you can see all three arms of the lake (Como, Lecco and Colico) and it makes the most of the location with plenty of terrace seating.I tried the ravioli with a cheese and walnut filling, which was unusual, but very good. My main course of lake fish...more
La Grotta is a little bit hidden away, up a narrow salita and round a corner, but there is a sign at street level.It's really a pasta and pizza place. I had squid ink gnocchi with salmon, which was one of the best things I ate on the whole trip, followed by grilled lake fish. My husband had some tortelloni, which were also good, and swordfish (from...more
The Hotel has a formal restaurant on the first floor (i.e. upstairs - I think that is 2nd floor in US English), but also serves meals in the ground floor cafe terrace.This is a good option for light eaters as the menu includes one course plates (though you can also have a full meal).We decided to try the one course plates and I went for the orange...more
This trattoria offers two fixed price menus of 3 courses at €25 a head, one featuring fish and one with meat. We both opted for the fish menu. It proved to be an excellent choice. The staff were friendly and the service was excellent. The three courses: trio of lake fish; pasta with tuna; grilled trout with salad were all very tasty, so we went...more
Bellagio point is a great place to drop into and enjoy a glass of vino and sample the local products which are always on display. The cafe also offers Internet service at a reasonable rate upstairs. Downstairs is the bar and you can mix with the locals and other tourists. The bar is opened 10am till 10pm (unless there is a wedding happening in the...more
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One of the first things you need to do on arrival in Bellagio is to pick up a timetable for the lake ferry services.There are different ferry services available. The most regular is the car ferry or Autotraghetto. Frequent services link Bellagio with Cadenabbia on the west shore and Varenna on the east shore. Tickets cost 4.60 euros for the one-way...more
Once you have arrived at one of the many entry points to Lake Como (Como, Lecco, Varenna), you will find that each of them offer ferry services for travelling around Lake Como or for onward travel to your destination.Ferry services offer many options for Bellagio, including a high-speed hydrofoil service to Como at the base of the westerly leg of...more
Saturday, June 2, 2012Soon after arriving in Varenna, we (Hans & I, Kate & Jerry), walked over to the Ferry Ticket Office and bought our tickets for the FERRY TO BELLAGIO - Tickets were 4,60 Euros each one way. We bought two return fares and it came to 18,40 Euros. I asked about a senior fare reduction, but it was not offered.Ferries run from early...more
If you click on the webpage below you will see what a fantastic place this is to visit. The shop is located in a 18th century cellar and one can taste the local wines whilst sampling the cheese.I highly recommend you visit Cava Turacciolo if you enjoy Italian wine and cheese. bottles of wine.more
Bellagio’s tourist office is located at the Piazza Mazzini.
Opening Hours - 9am - 6pm. (siesta 12-3pm) during summer months. (Daily)
Opening Hours - 9am - 6pm Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri and Sat. Winter Months.
Bellagio is a town with steep, cobblestone walks. Some steps are so steep that you have a huge reach; so, when it rains, proper shoes will give you better footing.
It's a good idea to be fairly fit when going anywhere in Europe, but in Bellagio, you really need to be fit if you plan to enjoy the back streets.
You need to wear good walking shoes (never leather soles) that tie or velcro up.
The picture shows me on one such walk, and you can see what I mean.
The Trombetta Little Train is operated in Bellagio to shuttle the unwitting to places unknown. We explained to the driver where we were going and he was no help at all...down right surly! The young man in designer glasses and tight shirt was interested in taking us to the location we described. He collected 8 Euro and after a Km or two we were told that we had arrived! We got off the hard riding train at Willy's Bar. We were pointed up an endless climb of stairs with luggage. Impossible. The bartender in Wlly's, God bless him, called for transportation after having to look up the address. Without his help we would still be sitting there flippin the bird at the passing Trombetta Little Train to nowhere.
Unique Suggestions: Be sure you know your address and know you may be stranded.
Fun Alternatives: For 2 or three euro more, Claudio Taxi will take you in the air coditioned Audi A4 in real style!
Menaggio, another magical name you hear in the lore of Lago di Como! Situated almost directly opposite or due west of Varenna, the waterfront promenade of Menaggio resembles the Mediterranean more so than what you think of as northern Italy. The beautiful waterfront promenade is graced by scrolled ironwork and lamplights, swaying palms and a...more
Sorry to say that if our tour guide told us anything about this "villa" I don't recall it. I just remember thinking that it was a beautiful example of Italian architecture and the gardens and lakeside "gazebo" were so pleasing to the eye, I could imagine it as the setting for characters in a historical period novel! For my personal tastes, this was...more
At first glance I was unsure of exactly what these structures were as I had never seen anything similar. I guess I should have known that these were cemetery crypts as explained by our waterborne tour guide. The Italians have adapted to the lack of flat land around the lake, and have constructed terraces, where possible, for uses such as this. You...more
'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...more
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...more
Saturday, June 2, 2012Hans 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...more