Lake Como is romantic and charming. So many lovely towns to the Lario are perched on the mountains, offering tourists unique views and full of emotions. But there is a place that is among the most popular among our guests: Bellagio.
Among the many picturesque villages, ‘the pearl of Lake Como’ remains the most demand. The convenience of being able to take the boat to the pier of Moltrasio, which is in front of our hotel, makes the trip even easier. Bellagio has become famous throughout the world because of its beauty even has an imitation: the Bellagio Hotel, that is a reconstruction in Las Vegas.
Although the most famous and renowned, I must say that the Hotel, which is located in Las Vegas, for a true Italian and Como inhabitant like me, it seems more than a celebration of the beauty of Lake Como. It’s an imitation rather unsuccessful because, let’s face it, is better the original one! Certainly this ‘prize’ has, however, helped the Como area to be known and accepted in America and around the world. Just another Italian resort was inspiring these mega and glittering hotels, Venice, also with the reconstruction of gondolas.
Why did they choose Bellagio?
Bellagio is a natural wonder, typical Italian: houses built in stone below the mountain. Man has adapted to nature without extirpate her essence, thereby giving a really surprising result: narrow streets and pedestrian streets that are going up and down to the lake, views and craft shops, lights and colors that seem to change according to time and the reflexes that gives the lake.
Things to do in Bellagio?
You can visit Bellagio really quickly, just one day. To reach this village that is in the central part of the lake, and about the same distance from Como and Lecco, you can go by car or use the more impressive boat that will allow you to enjoy the lake and its beauty (unique perspective that by car would be impossible to have). Here are some insights about the boat tour.
Villa Melzi in Bellagio: a walk that takes you back in the ‘800
In addition to the village, you must visit Villa Melzi, that you could reach easily in about 10 minutes from the pier. You can’t visit the interior of the villa because it is private property, but with a small entry fee you can go to the gardens (that you must visit you especially in spring during the flowering period, with camellias, azaleas…), the museum and the chapel. You will love to walk through the plane trees into the bamboo forest’s in the Orangerie, which once served as a winter orange depot and that has now become a small museum about the Napoleonic era. If you want to make a tour to the discovery other Lake Como’s villas we already talked about them giving you some advices.
Walking for Bellagio from Villa Serbelloni in Punta Spartivento
Returning to the village, leaving behind you Villa Melzi, you should stop at Villa Serbelloni, now become a refined Hotel 5 Star reported by Conde Nast among the top 50 hotels in Italy and the first that received this award on Lake Como. From here you can go for a hike that will allow you to cross souvenir shops, the St. James’s Church, and you will get to the ‘Punta Spartivento’ which, as the name implies, is the extreme tip of Bellagio, that separates the two branches of the lake, the one that comes down to Como and the one that descend towards Lecco.
Bathing in Bellagio: where?
We talked about it in this post: Lake Como there are free beaches and super-equipped beaches, and the Bellagio Lido’s is one of them. It offers a number of unique services during the day (with beach and sun umbrellas) and during the evening for nightlife lovers (even in the ticket they include transport by boat to and from Como and Lecco).
Spend a day discovering Bellagio (the original one eh!!) will make your holidays unique. I, Patricia and all the Hotel Posta Moltrasio’s staff as always we can advise you about the most suitable tour and, once back, we wait you at La Veranda Restaurant to round off a day with the true taste of the Larian culinary tradition.