Bellagio Lake Como, the spectacular village at the top of the Lariano Triangle
Along the whole of Lake Como, few places are more romantic than Bellagio (not surprisingly called "The Pearl of the Lake"), a real jewel that shines on the summit of the Lariano Triangle, at the point where the two branches of the lake divide .
This position guarantees it a wide panorama, which dominates both the Como and Lecco coasts, offering a great variety of naturalistic views.
What to see in Bellagio on Lake Como
Elegant and lively, it is a cornerstone of Como tourism, capable of bewitching practically anyone. Just think that 3 casinos have been dedicated to Bellagio (including the most famous in Las Vegas), a motorbike line, a skyscraper, several streets of Los Angeles and even an asteroid!
Visiting the old village, you walk through narrow alleys and characteristic cobbled stairways, surrounded by charming houses and colorful shops with handcrafted products of exquisite workmanship and excellent quality gastronomic tastings.
Throughout its history the town has always maintained a close link with the lake and navigation.
This relationship can be known and relived by visiting the Navigation Museum , which collects over two hundred objects that in past centuries have allowed man to orient himself at sea and navigate towards new worlds.
Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio
The most fascinating aspect of this ancient village are certainly its villas, whose beauty is recognized globally.
Among these, the most famous is certainly Villa Serbelloni , an immense building of eighteenth-century tradition which today has become a prestigious Grand Hotel, and which hosts international conferences every year.
If you want to enjoy an exclusive view of Lake Como we recommend a guided tour of its park, which develops on the upper part of the Bellagio promontory with over 18 km of avenues and paths surrounded by a large quantity of rare and exotic plants.
Gardens Villa Melzi Bellagio
Another wonderful building that we find in Bellagio is Villa Melzi and its gardens , which are open to the public for most of the year.
The strong point is certainly its immense green area, which contains finds of great artistic and historical value including a Venetian gondola, which arrived in Bellagio at the behest of Napoleon, and an enchanting neoclassical chapel.
The first example of an English garden in Como, the entire park is embellished with statues, busts and works from different eras, which blend perfectly with the scent of flowers, the green gardens and the fresh breeze of the lake, giving your summer afternoon a 'atmosphere of pure enchantment.
Home of the “flying bikes”
The house of flying bikes is a place where you can take truly special photographs, we are located in the hamlet of San Giovanni in Bellagio .
The carpenter Ivan Gilardoni transformed his house into a tourist attraction, his passion for vintage bikes pushed him to hang the so-called "flying bikes" on the facade, more or less historical models collected over the years.
Basilica of San Giacomo and Church of San Giorgio
Another visit to make is the important basilica of San Giacomo , a church that dates back to the 12th century and was made entirely of gray stone where numerous works of certain importance are kept inside.
One of the most important works of the basilica is the valuable Deposition of Jesus in the tomb, attributed with some certainty to Perugino.
If you have time left you can pay a short visit to the church of San Giorgio , which also dates back to the 12th century. Inside you will find a wooden statue depicting the Madonna della Cintura which represents one of the religious symbols of Bellagio and has always been an object of great popular devotion.
This statue is in fact carried in procession during the town festival, which is celebrated in the month of September.
What to do in Bellagio on Lake Como
A tour to discover the villages of the central lake , an excursion of approximately two hours that will take you by boat to the most fascinating locations in the central lake.
Carve out some time to take a walk immersed in places rich in beauty and history, enjoying breathtaking landscapes considered among the most beautiful in the world.
For those who love walking and trekking , there are many itineraries of varying difficulty on the promontory.
The Bellagio tourist office can show you the wide choice of proposals for walking itineraries or bicycle or e-bike routes.
In the warmer periods and for those who love water sports, there is the possibility of exploring the lake with a kayak tour thanks to Bellagio Water Sports , about an hour and a half paddling on Lake Como starting from Pescallo beach and then heading towards towards the cliffs of the Rockefeller Foundation and the lakeside of the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni .
A wonderful view directly from the kayak.