Bellagio - the “Pearl" of Lake Como
Bellagio is one of the most famous resorts on Lake Como, situated at the tip of the peninsula separating the lake's two southern arms, with the Alps visible across the lake to the north. Often referred to as the “Pearl of the Lake”, Bellagio is full of historic buildings, picturesque cobbled streets and quaint shops. The resort offers world-class accommodation and its multitude of restaurants and café’s provide the perfect place to soak up the lake's famous panorama.
Steeped in history
Bellagio’s strategically important position started from the Roman era, through Middle Ages, the Spanish domination and the nineteenth century. Those visiting Bellagio must see the amazing old buildings and castles, to admire the history and the architecture of the past, as well as the many beautiful gardens. There are also interesting Churches and Basilicas to visit: S. Maria Annunciata di Breno Church, S. Maria di Loppia Church, San Giacomo Church, San Giorgio Church, San Giovanni Church.
A visit to Bellagio isn't just about admiring its natural beauty or learning more on the town's history - it's also about giving your taste buds a treat, tasting the different flavours of its cuisine and relishing its aromas. The lake with its fish, and the surrounding hills, mountains and land with their cheeses, salamis and meat-based specialties, offer genuine products that are a true gastronomic delight.
Why not try some Bresaola (thinly sliced dried beef), fish-filled ravioli, rice with fillets of Perch and game and Polenta. There are also plenty of great local red or white wines to wash the meal down.
All these specialties and much more can be found in more than 20 restaurants around Bellagio, so you will be spoilt for choice when choosing a traditional family-run restaurant, a refined gourmet one or a rustic Osteria.
Plenty of activities
Bellagio is well known for its water sports; you can rent a kayak and go across the water for a pleasant local tour; go wind surfing or learn to sail. Around the lake, there is a downhill bike park, ideal for some excursions through the nature and also plenty of great walking routes.
After a busy day around the town or sporting activities, there are some great spas to relax in – in addition to the usual spa facilities and skin treatments on offer, most spas in Bellagio stand out from many other areas with the amazing landscapes which this resort has to offer.
Holiday Homes in Italy offers self-catering apartments and villas throughout Bellagio, which give you the chance to completely unwind in your own space and the opportunity to embrace the tranquility and culture of Lake Como – most have outstanding views of the lake.