Bellagio is considered the pearl of Lake Como. The very pretty little town is positioned on a promontory where 2 branches of the lake meet. It has been loved by authors, artists and poets since ancient times. The spectacular views and mild climate are still attracting visitors all year round.
In the middle ages it was a small town fortified by walls and a castle. All that survives is the belltower of S. Giacomo. The church still contains some romanesque sculptures. The old town stands on either side of Via Garibaldi which leads into the Piazza della Chiesa – church square.. There are narrow cobblestone streets winding up and down between the harbour and the higher part of the town – all filled with interesting shops and restaurants.
We stayed at the delightfully named Excelsior Splendide on Via Lungo Lario Manzoni and were very happy with our choice. The hotel is on the waterfront, near the ferry terminal. Our room was spacious, comfortable and we had a magnificent view of the lake from our window. The staff members were very helpful and Fatima, in particular had excellent local knowledge which she was happy to share with us.
Bellagio is a perfect base from which to explore all the delights of Lake Como.