What to see in Bellagio, Lombardy, Italy (with Map & Photos)

Bellagio (Italy) from A to Z: map, hotels, attractions, restaurants, entertainment. Shopping, shops. Photos and reviews about Bellagio.

Bellagio is called the pearl of Lake Como and is one of the most popular resorts on the shores of the lake. The city is located at the tip of the promontory that divides Lario into two branches, surrounded by water, amidst greenery. The beautiful surroundings and pleasant mild climate all year round made Bellagio popular long before the era of mass tourism: even Franz Liszt and Stendhal preferred to rest here.

Bellagio Italy
Bellagio Italy

Bellagio itself is so beautiful and pleasant that even those who are not inclined to either water or mountain recreation will certainly get a lot of positive impressions here.

How to get to Bellagio


From Milan Central Station by train to Varenna in an hour's journey (trains run approximately every 2 hours). From Varenna, the most convenient way is by boat or ferry in 15 minutes. The interval of movement is approximately every hour; to the ferry pier from the railway station about 15 minutes on foot). You can also take the train from Milan to Lecco, and from there get to Bellagio by bus or boat.

Bellagio Italy
Bellagio Italy

3 Things to do in Bellagio


  • See the plaque in honor of Franz Liszt on Calle Serbelloni.
  • Take a water taxi ride around the cape or beyond.
  • Taste the local polenta "Uncia" with butter, cheese, garlic and sage.

History


Once the settlement of the ancient Romans, Bellagio, withdrew to Lombardy, was well fortified. During the feudal strife, the city fought with Como both literally and figuratively: in the first, the fortress walls with a rampart and fortifications helped, in the second - luxurious mansions and villas built by the local nobility. In the 18th century, these magnificent buildings only grew, green gardens and squares were laid out around the palazzo, and by the 19th century the city was ready to become a world-famous resort, a seasonal haven for wealthy bourgeois and vacationers of more noble blood. The first hotel "Genazzini" opened here already in 1825. Among the most noble "vacationers" who chose Bellagio were Emperors Francis I and Ferdinand I.

Bellagio Italy
Bellagio Italy

Today, the location of the resort makes it convenient both for travelers who are attracted by high life, shops and restaurants, and for more active tourists. Part of Bellagio lies along the coast, part - rises along the slopes of the hills. In this area today there are mainly private villas, while tourists mostly stay closer to the coast and the old part of the city. All kinds of water sports and entertainment are available in Bellagio in summer, and in winter to the top of San Primo, from where you can see the Alps in clear weather, three lifts carry ski lovers. The city itself is so beautiful and pleasant that even those who are not inclined to either water or mountain recreation will certainly get a lot of positive impressions here.

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