LAKE COMO – Since the times of Pliny the Younger, that in the 1st century AD had a villa made here, Bellagio has been the most beloved town of Lake Como from tourists, travellers and artists.
Bellagio is famous first of all for its wonderful position , situated on the tip of the promontory where Lake Como separates into two branches. From here we have a 360° view of the lake, with its green mountains, blue water and calm skies.
The temperate and moderate climate , more Mediterranean than alpine, favours the vigorous and varied growth of vegetation; the hills dotted with cypresses, make a beautiful, harmonious background creating a unique romantic atmosphere.
On the lake front and on the hills are the fascinating hotels fin de siècle and the luxurious villas where in the past noble Milanese families used to spend there holidays here.
If you only have the time to visit one of the many towns of Lake Como, Bellagio is probably the best choice!
WHAT TO SEE
The village . The old village centre is located in between the lake and the hills in the background. And it develops around the Via Garibaldi. From here are tight alleys, stairways and little squares. It’s nice to walk around the streets less populated by tourists or hang around the many shops of the main street where artists sit to paint in the open air. The Roman church dated back to the 11th century is worth a visit.
Villa Serbelloni . The whole promontory at east above the village is occupied by Villa Serbelloni and its beautiful park. It was built in the 15th century and today it belongs to the Rockefeller foundation of New York and is used as a study centre. You can visit the gardens and admire the enormous collection of rare and exotic plants, secular trees, flowers and rose beds. From here there is also a breathtaking view over the whole lake.
Villa Melzi represents another pearl of Bellagio, a beautiful neoclassical villa where still today live the heirs of the family. Here you can visit the museum and its wonderful park with beautiful plants and flowers, including maples, American redwoods, rhododendrons and azaleas. Here you can find also an Etruscan cinerary urn of the 3rd century B.C, two Egyptian sculptures dated back to the 13th and 14th century and a statue of Dante and Beatrice “Dante condotto per mano da Beatrice” by Comolli.
WHAT TO DO
A walk on the lakefront , admiring the breathtaking panorama that changes when the sun goes down, with the shades on the mountains that get bigger and the boats that go by.
A walk up to Punta Spartivento , on the extreme point of the promontory. There is also a small restaurant and an inlet where you can have a swim in the summer season.
For sport lovers , two-hours walk up a steep path that leads to the top of Monte San Primo (1686 m) and enjoy an enchanting panoramic view.
A dinner at , restaurant that serves typical Larian dishes, one of the best places for fresh lake fish and other specialities of the lake.
WHERE TO STAY
If you fall in love with Bellagio and decide to stay a bit longer there is a wide range of to choose from. Bellagio is one of the most expensive resorts of the lake.
Within the most interesting hotels is , which is one of the most elegant hotels in Italy, with furniture from the late 1800s. A lot of famous people has stayed here like Clark Gable, Al Pacino, John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt.