Picture this…sparkling pristine waters, a frosty backdrop of snow-capped mountains, an array of heart-racing cliff-clinging roads, a nod to old world elegance, a burst of Mediterranean colour, and a sprinkling of charming lakeside towns flourishing in their unparalleled beauty… Welcome to Lake Como in Northern Italy, where it’s absolutely impossible not to be smitten!
A popular holiday destination since Roman times, Lake Como and the picturesque lakeside village of Bellagio completely stole my heart during our recent travels through Italy. Characterised by centuries-old villas, wisteria-draped lane ways, a secret library and pretty-as-a-picture cobbled stairways, Bellagio is about idyllic as it gets. And contrary to popular belief, you don’t a Clooney-sized budget to enjoy it!
Whether you are planning a visit or simply dreaming about Lake Como, here is the scoop on how to make the most of a visit to beautiful Bellagio, without blowing the budget.
BEST PLACE TO STAY
Residence La Limonera (Bellagio Town Centre)
Arguably the best budget-friendly accommodation in swanky Bellagio, the Residence La Limonera is set is what was once an ancient lemon tree grove and overlooks Lake Como from the Bellagio Town Centre. Our stay there was absolutely wonderful and immediately felt like our home away from home. Be sure to take advantage of the rooftop terrace when you stay.
BEST PLACES TO EAT
When it comes to dining in Bellagio, the best value is found a few steps away from the lakefront. Head up one of the many cobbled lane ways and you’ll easily find incredible food, wine and gelato at reasonable prices. Our favourites: Far Out, La Grotta and Ittiturismo Ristorante Mella, and be sure to buy supplies from the deli in the town centre for a picnic lunch to enjoy by the lake too!
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Summer is peak season, so the shoulder seasons of Spring and Autumn are the best times to visit. The crowds are less, accommodation prices are lower and the weather is still pleasant. We visited in October and it was perfect!
BEST ‘MUST-DO’ ACTIVITIES
Hop on the ferry and explore all the beautiful lakeside towns of Tremezzo, Lenno, Varenna and Menaggio. Tour the stunning villa and grounds of Villa Melzi. Take a stroll out from the town centre to the northern tip of the peninsula for uninterrupted panoramic views and a small cafe. Get lost in the Italian character and charm of Bellagio’s back streets. Marvel at the incredible beauty of the sun setting over Lake Como.
BEST WAY TO GET THERE
Ahhh Bellagio…beautiful one day and perfect the next!
Be sure to add Lake Como to your list of destinations to visit in Italy if you haven’t been yet – you won’t be disappointed, I promise!