Bellagio - Lake Como
View of the Promontory
View of the historic centre
Bellagio by night
One of the loveliest Lake Como villages has to be Bellagio. What a delightful pleasure is to be felt here. The heartfelt joy that accompanies one as you explore centuries old lanes is profound.
Climb the stairways that wind between the old houses and be sure to look over your shoulder now and again to enjoy the breathtaking views of the lake behind and below you.
In fact anywhere you happen to look the scenery is breathtaking....azure lake below, ancient town all around and thickly wooded mountains towering over it all. Monte San Primo is the highest peak in Bellagio and rises 1686 m above sea level.
While exploring you'll likely stumble across an artisans shop or two. Many are tucked away in these ancient lanes, working the way their forefathers would have done in centuries past.
Pop into the tourist office for some handy maps and walking itineraries. The tours follow various routes allowing you to explore the historical sights of the town or if you have a little more energy to spare take the Punta Spartivento and enjoy spectacular views across the lake.
If you love gardens and parks visit the Rockefeller Foundation's Villa Serbelloni Park and the Villa Melzi's Garden which is an English Garden that would do Capability Brown proud. Nearby to the Villa Melzi are two Larian Gondolas. Yes, believe it or not, they once used a type of gondola to travel on the lake.
What else to see? Well the Pescallo fishing village on the opposite side of the lake is great and worth a visit if you have the time.
And after a long day exploring, there is nothing better than sipping a sundowner drink at a lakeside café on the shores of this lovely lake.