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Bellagio, the pearl of Lake Como, is also known as “Little Venice” for its romantic side and its beauty. Narrow lanes, small quaint alleys which are accessible only on foot, souvenir shops, beautiful scenery and the presence of water on three sides make it deserve the title.
But, what can be seen in Bellagio?
Bellagio between shopping and tour on the lake
The city is set on a promontory, a peninsula jutting out in the middle of the Lake. This is a privileged location as it allows to admire the view of the entire Lake, that is the branch of Lake Como on the right and the Lecco branch on the left; This position makes it also an ideal point for embarking on private boats and water taxis from the many small and beautiful marinas and so to reach, in a short time, Cadenabbia, Menaggio, Varenna and other beautiful places.
Characteristic points of view can be found if you walk through the alleys of the city and along the stairs made of cobblestones; both the upper and the lower level of the city in fact are characterized by charming little shops selling local handicrafts, textiles, ceramics, glass and wooden objects.
After long walks you can relax sipping a drink or eating an ice cream on the lake front or in one of the bars placed on the roads. On these roads you can also find wine bars, pizzerias, restaurants offering single courses, pizzas, sodas, beers, ice cream or simple snacks if you are peckish.
The most beautiful view
Without taking anything away from the views of Varenna and Colico, the most spectacular side is the one that embraces the Como branch, admirable right from the old town centre; the road here is paved with arcades and arches which give tourists unforgettable moments of relaxation and shopping thanks to the numerous shops on the one hand, and the Lake with its terraces and embarkation points on the other.
The beautiful lakeside promenade leads to Villa Melzi d’Eril, historic home still inhabited, of which it is possible to visit the large landscaped gardens, the Chapel and the Museum; In addition to this villa even Villa Serbelloni is a must. It is a noble residence that has been transformed into a luxury hotel which, however, provides access to the gardens with a guided tour.
Around Bellagio there are many points of interest within a short time, either overland or via the Lake, from Monte San Primo, the sanctuary of the Madonna del Ghisallo, and other charming towns overlooking the opposite shore of the Lake.