Bellagio, Bellagio, beautiful Bellagio! I can hear the name being called out now on the ferry loudspeaker in that distinctive Italian accent and can’t get it out of my head. Bellagio is famous and busy, but there are many reasons for both, and it was my favourite on our Lake Como visit.
This from bellagiolakecomo.com:
Few places are as romantic as Lake Como, and even fewer resorts as beautiful as Bellagio. Called the “Pearl of the Lake” Bellagio’s world class hotels and restaurants provide the perfect place to soak up the lake’s famous panorama. The village is characterised by century-old buildings, stone lanes and picturesque cobbled stairways filled with shops showcasing the finest Italian wares.
Above shows the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in it’s prominent location on the waterfront. From the hotel’s website:
For the past 100 years or more, the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni has been one of the most well-known and prestigious hotels in the world. Set in the splendid surroundings of Lake Como, where the blue waters meet the green mountains which soar above the lake, the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni enjoys a breathtaking position on the promontory which juts halfway out into the lake, separating the two branches. The luxurious vegetation of its Italian-style gardens, abounding in Mediterranean and subtropical plants, flourishes in the pleasant microclimate around the lake: sunshine almost all year round, accompanied by mild temperatures in every season. Owing to its delightful setting, Bellagio, an oasis of peace on the shores of the lake, has been a holiday destination for centuries and it was here that, in around 1850, construction work started on a luxurious holiday villa on the banks of the lake for an aristocratic family from Milan.
And a note about their famous and notable guests:
The Sovereigns of Spain, Romania, Albania, Egypt; above all the Russian and English aristocracy; Winston Churchill, Roosevelt, the Rothschilds, J.F. Kennedy; Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Maria Schell, Clark Gable, Robert Mitchum, Al Pacino…. these are just some of the famous guests who have strolled through the rooms and lakeside gardens of the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, enjoying its beauty and outstanding hospitality.
Bellagio, like the other villages along the lake rises steeply from the waterfront. You can wander up and down the narrow alleys and stop when you like.
Dining at a cloth covered table top is the norm whether it be along the side of the cobblestone steps or at the waterfront.
So many beautiful choices in the gift shops.
We followed the path along the lake to the gardens of Villa Melzi.
Throughout the winding paths of the gardens are various focal points, sculptures and statues.
All with the beautiful lake and mountains as the dramatic backdrop.
Only a sampling of the character, history and scenery of what Bellagio has to offer. Once again time to catch the ferry and hopefully take a little bit of the magic of Bellagio along with us in our hearts.