This International hot spot for inspirational natural beauty is world renown. The lake itself resembles the figure of a headless person in mid stride – with the two legs forming the main parts of the lake. Old small towns are perched at times precariously on the edges of its steep shores. Roads are narrow, steep and very windy. Bellagio (otherwise known as the “pearl of Lake Como) is one such town very popular with tourists for its scenic location in the “crotch” of this figurative “striding person” analogy. This town was the inspiration for the luxury hotel and casino in Las Vegas of the same name. The comparisons can end right there however.
Bellagio is a great place to make your home base during a visit to Lake Como. There are plenty of quaint shops, clothing stores, and cafes. The town is perched on the edge of a peninsula and is surrounded by the lake on three sides. There is good ferry service here (both car and people) to both sides of the lake. The lake is narrow so the ferry rides are usually quite short.
Due to the worldwide popularity of this region, it can be hugely crowded during the summer season. Parking is at a premium and hard to find. During these times public transportation including the use of the ferry is recommended.
Lake Como is Italy’s 3rd largest lake behind Garda (near Verona) and Maggiore (located just to the west of Como).
For more information about Bellagio visit: www.bellagiolakecomo.com