I don’t know if it’s because of the hotel in Las Vegas or not, but Bellagio might just be the most well-known town in Lake Como, Italy. I have a feeling, though, that some people don’t even realize Bellagio’s a real place (though I suppose those people would consider the hotel Bellagio a real destination. I’ll admit, though, that I’m a sucker for those water fountain shows :).
Anyway, the real Bellagio lies on the edges of Lake Como in northern Italy. The lake kinda looks like an armless person running and Bellagio would sit in the crotch area. May not be the nicest sounding description, but the location is actually pretty ideal. It sits on a peninsula so it’s surrounded by the lake on 3 sides. Makes for killer views all around.
To get to Bellagio you can drive, but from where we were staying (our B&B was way up north in Trezzone) it was easiest to first drive down to Cadenabbia on the west side of the lake and then take the ferry across. Here’s the driveway leading up to the small parking lot where we left our car. Even the driveways look nice here. In the States I can almost guarantee it wouldn’t look like this.
Cadenabbia is one of a few different ferry stops that will take you to Bellagio. We boarded the boat and off we went. Here’s a view looking back at the ferry stop in Cadenabbia.
One reason to hop on a ferry while you’re in Lake Como is to get awesome views of the lake. And it’s really relaxing, too.
Here’s our first glimpse of Bellagio. So pretty!
When you exit the ferry, there’s a promenade to your right (south) that leads you down this path. It’s quite lovely and a great place for a stroll or a picnic.
And from the end of the path you can get another good view of Bellagio.
There were a few little kiosks peddling their goods along the way. I know it’s still work for the artist, but if you do have to be working, I’d say this is a good place to do it. Look at the view behind.
You can’t not have gelato in Italy, so of course we stopped into a gelateria to have us some. And I think €1.50 for a small bowl isn’t bad, either. Especially for a pricy town like Bellagio..
Narrow lanes like this one abound in Italy, each with their own charm.
After a good wander around the town, we hopped back on the ferry and headed over to Varenna, a little town to the north. Bye, Bellagio!
To Go or No
Bellagio is a nice town and there’s a reason it’s popular and well known. But I can’t say that Bellagio was my favorite place in Lake Como. There just didn’t seem to be much to do or see. It’s fun enough to walk around the town and stroll through the gardens, but I’d probably spend more time elsewhere (I liked Varenna quite a bit).
Because Lake Como is so big, it can be hard to figure out what to see and do on which days and what sights can be grouped together. There’s a lot to do in the middle of the lake and I put together a map of the main sights we saw in the area (which included a stop in Bellagio). Unfortunately, we stuffed our itinerary with probably too many things and didn’t spend as much time as we’d have liked in each place, but on vacation time is limited.
You can click on the map of Lake Como to see it in Google Maps (though my text labels won’t be visible there).
And here’s a map of where Lake Como is in Italy to give you an overview..