This is the third and the last installment of our Italian holiday. On our last full day in Lake Como, we took the ferry to Bellagio, a beautiful town known as the pearl of Lake Como and its beauty left me lost for words.
If you are in Lake Como, make Bellagio one of your day trips. I have to admit it is very touristy there but that does not take away the fact that this town has magnificent views of the lake. It is located right in the center of Lake Como where it separates into two branches or legs as some people call them (more about Lake Como here). Wherever in Lake Como you are staying, there is always a ferry that has regular trips to this town. You can also take the bus but I am not recommending it as bus schedules are not very reliable.
The moment we docked in Bellagio, we could not wait to explore this beautiful place but first, lunch. When you are in a new place, choosing where to eat is always a predicament. You wanted a clean and beautiful place to dine in that serves delicious food and of course, there is the budget aspect. We went into the first restaurant that attracted our attention. It was right next to the pier. It had very nice views of the lake (very Casino Royale) and we were lucky that they serve delicious food as well with reasonable prices. Their Spaghetti Bolognese deserves a mention. I know, it’s only spaghetti bolognese but it was out of this world. Tastes homemade but very delicious. If ever you are in the area, it is the restaurant in Hotel Metropole Bellagio. The best place to fill your tummy before you start your sightseeing.
Right after our hearty lunch, we started walking just to the right of the hotel which led us straight away to what I would call the most famous alleyway in Bellagio as far as Instagram is concerned. If you search the hashtag Bellagio, this particular alleyway (photo above) comes up from every person who has been to Bellagio.
The shops along this alleyway sell beautiful and well crafted local products like leather goods, silk scarves, and clothing items. Of course, there are always the souvenir items and we did not leave without getting the obligatory fridge magnet and t-shirt.
Further along, we saw a sign that encouraged people to walk the length of a very long side road. We did and came to this magnificent view of a big expanse of grass dotted with benches under shady trees with the lake and mountains in the background. It was worth the long walk. It was so tempting to just sit there, relax and take in the view for the the rest of the day but there is so much more to see here.
The little side streets and alleyways with rustic and colorful houses make Bellagio more charming. One particular alleyway led us to an unassuming shop which was selling authentic leather goods. The husband came out with a leather card holder which was a bargain at €20.
We spent our day trip to Bellagio sightseeing, shopping, eating (mostly gelato) and wandering around its little paths that lead to somewhere always wonderful. It was easy to just sit around looking into the lake without having much to do but for a beauty as interesting as Bellagio, it would be a shame not to explore it.
That is all for the 3 part Italian holiday post and with that, I leave you with this scenic ferry ride to Bellagio.