A trip to Bellagio

29 June 2018 | By Melanie Pohl in Parco San Marco

If one day you want to take a trip to Lake Como, you can get to Menaggio or Cadenabbia by car and from there reach Bellagio by ferry or boat. During the crossing, that lasts about 15 minutes, you can admire the beauty of the villages, the villas on the shores of the lake and the mountains that surround it.

Bellagio, an Italian town of 3,736 inhabitants in the province of Como in Lombardy and known as “the pearl of the lake”, is one of the most famous and romantic places of Como and its surroundings. Known for its cobbled streets, elegant buildings and the Park of Villa Serbelloni – an 18th century terraced garden overlooking the lake – it has even inspired a huge hotel in Las Vegas which features a very kitsch version of the town representing the style of the houses and landscape of Lake Como.

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The municipality belongs to the Mountain Community of the Lariano Triangle and its territory represents one of the ideal vertices of the Lariano Triangle.

Renowned as a holiday resort, it is famous for its picturesque location right on the shores of Lake Como in its southern arms, with the Alps visible beyond the lake to the north.

Along the banks of of Bellagio there are a number of old and statuesque residences, each surrounded by parks and gardens. Some of them – as in the case of Villa Melzi and Villa Serbelloni – are open to the public.

The first stop not to be missed is the nineteenth-century Villa Melzi, which can be reached in 10 minutes on foot from the pier of the pier. The interior of the villa, owned by the Gallarati Scotti family, cannot be visited but access is allowed to the gardens, the museum and the chapel. The garden is very beautiful, rich in rare plants, camellias and azaleas. The villa is open from April to October.

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Once your visit to Villa Melzi is over, you can return to the village by walking along the lake to Villa Serbelloni, a refined 5-star hotel.

From here, if you love to walk, you can continue to Punta Spartivento, the most extreme point of Bellagio, where the two branches of Lake Como separate.

Explore the narrow streets of the village and climb up the steep cobblestone streets that host souvenir shops as well as shops selling high quality craft products. Be sure to visit the church of St. James which dates from the eleventh century.

If you want to swim in the lake, head to Lido di Bellagio, where a beach equipped with umbrellas and sunbeds is available for a fee.

The wonderful location, elegant hotels and charming alleys attract tourists from all over the world  who combine a visit to Bellagio Menaggio and Tremezzo every year.

These beautiful villages also have a typical dish: tóch, a polenta cooked with butter and local cheese – especially consumed on festive occasions.

At the end of the day, you can take the ferry or boat and return to where you started, admiring again the beauty of the lake, its shores and mountains.

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