Think I have already shown you the best of the beautiful lake spots in Italy? Think again! I’ll be convincing you to extend your stay by the end of this article! Bellagio is simply next on the list.
Of late I have been sharing with you on Inspiring Wit a few travel guides to the unsung places and corners of Italy that I feel you must visit. Now, some of these may already be on your wanderlust inspired list, Bellagio being no exception. The small town is well versed with tourism and has been a popular holiday destination for a long long time. Now, I can see why.
On my first trip to Lake Como, I had not planned enough time to take a boat up to Bellagio, despite my Mum insisting that I go. It certainly was a place that left a long lasting impression on her. Keep scrolling to see why.
JUMP ON THE FERRY
To get to Bellagio we took a ferry from the town we were staying, Mandello. The ferry from Mandello del Larrio to Bellagio takes about 55 minutes. This peaceful ride stops at many ferry stops along the way. It criss crosses the lake so you get never ending views of the mountains and fancy mansions.
Honestly the water was so elegant as the boat seemed to glide across it!
I filmed and photographed a lot of the ride there, so I will have to cut more of this footage together to share. You can glimpse some of it in my travel video on YouTube here.
HOT TIP: DON’T STAY IN BELLAGIO
While you can stay in Bellagio, the hotels are fairly pricey. I would recommend staying somewhere along the lake like Lecco. Namely to save money and enjoy the ferry ride across the lake. Bellagio makes a great afternoon or day trip.
BELLAGIO BY FERRY
MUST SEE / EAT IN BELLAGIO
Naturally, the main thing to do in Bellagio is walk around. There are gardens to visit, laneways to wander and of course, the lakes edge.
LET’S TALK FOOD!
There are plenty of cafes, but as this town is mostly for tourists, most are pretty overpriced. Truthfully, the views are what you come for and pay for so bare this in mind. Personally I was happy to take in the view over a gelato cone sitting on one of the lake facing benches.
For lunch we opted for the cheaper spot without views and grabbed a basic bowl of pasta. We also went for a glass of wine to the cellar pictured on the left of my shark phone case above.
The cellar, Aperitivo Et Al Bar, was a small spot with a brilliant wine list, excellent cheese and service! I highly recommend it!
Last by not least…
My final word on Bellagio? It is one of the prettiest spots on Lake Como. The views are breathtaking! I am not generally keen for overly touristy places, so naturally I wasn’t expecting a lot. But as with anywhere, if you step off the well worn track you can find a little peace.
I remember finding a playground and playing on the swings with the most incredible view. Maybe the best things in life are free? It was so worth it!
Have you been to Bellagio? Did you stay there? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!
Find more of our trip to Italy here: