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Holidays to Bellagio have long been associated with luxury, opulent architecture and unrivalled natural beauty. Often recognised as one of the most stunning destinations in the world, Bellagio, commonly referred to as the Pearl of Lake Como, is one of three towns in the Golden triangle - the others being Menaggio and Varenna.
Lake Como is Italy’s third largest lake and the picture perfect pre-Roman town of Bellagio is the perpetual favourite for holidaymakers seeking to experience the unwavering charm that this enchanting town has to offer. Even with its partially steep streets, exploring the small town can be done on foot or by bicycle, though local busses, water taxis, ferries and even speedboats are alternative options to explore further afield. Popular for its water activities, rowing, kayaking and kite surfing can also be enjoyed on Lake Como’s calm waters.
Back on land, numerous boutique shops selling jewellery, clothes, antiques, porcelains and potteries line the mazy cobbled streets. Culinary delights, typical of the Lombardy region, can be sampled in the main piazza’s waterfront bars and restaurants, accompanied by local wine harvested in North Lake Como and Montevecchia. Famed for its panoramic snow-capped views of The Alps, tree-lined slopes and romantic garden views, Bellagio is also known for its villas, primarily Villa Melzi and Villa Serbelloni.
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Lake Como is filled with historical treasures and Bellagio is in close proximity to nearby postcard perfect towns. Why not pay a visit to the quieter Villa Cipressi in the neighbouring medieval village of Varenna? Or perhaps Villa Monastero, with its botanical gardens, museum and convention centre.
Take a short trip from Bellagio to Sacro Monte di Ossuccio - the Holy Mount of Ossuccio, which is situated on a scenic hillside slope. One of fifteen churches devoted to the Mysteries of the Rosary and leading to the Monastery, the building is dedicated to the Coronation of the Virgin. Venture a little further and you can enjoy a truly spectacularly uninterrupted view of Lake Como and Bellagio from the original site of The Sanctuary of Madonna di Breglia and chapel of San Domenico.
While revelling in the serenity of the idyllic town is enough for some, Bellagio has plenty of affordable things to do, with something for couples and families alike.
As with all Italian destinations, Bellagio is riddled with epic and interesting tales of years gone by. The shores and ports of Lake Como have been of strategic importance throughout history, as have the surrounding villas that also have their own stories to tell. Both the neoclassical 19th Century Villa Melzi and ancient Villa Serbelloni boast must see spectacular gardens and views.
If only for its impressive art collection, the 17th century Villa Carlotta is well worth a visit. The museum is situated in seventeen acres of lush manicured gardens, with awe inspiring views of Lake Como and the Larian Triangle.
Bellagio is the perfect place from which to visit neighbouring picturesque towns and countries. Our St. Moritz and Bernina Express excursion is one of several ways to visit the north of Lake Como in the town of Tirano and via the panoramic Bernina Express train, you will cross the border into Switzerland. Stopping to visit the White and Black Lakes and visit St Moritz on the southern side of the Alps, return to Lake Como after a full day of exploration.
Toc is a traditional dish from Bellagio, consisting of simple ingredients, but cooked with great skill in order to achieve the correct consistency. The mixture of flour, cheese, butter and local Lombard cornmeal are mixed together to form polenta or toc.
Toc is often served with the savoury option of missoltini – dried lake shad fish, or the sweet alternative – ragell. A warming winter combination includes red wine, spices, sugar, lemon zest and apple pieces.
The wooded hills surrounding Lake Como are home to wild boar. Brasato di Cinghiale Selvatico –- Braised Wild Boar – is usually marinated in red wine and accompanied by local seasonal vegetables. Though a popular autumn dish, it can be enjoyed throughout the year.
The enotecas – wine shops – have a fantastic selection of local wines, ideal for those wanting to spend an hour or two sampling their favourites before purchasing a bottle or two. It is also common for restaurants to have the word enoteca in the title as regional wine is often paired and served the delicious regional food.
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