If it hasn’t been obvious enough, I love Italy. My first trip to the country was in 2011 and I just keep going back. So far my favorite cities have been Venice and Bellagio in Lake Como. I’m heading to Italy again next week so I’ll let you know if anything’s changed.
Lake Como is made up of several towns including my beloved Bellagio. It’s known for its dramatic beauty and is loved by many celebrities and locals. Though it’s considered an upscale area, I still feel that you can explore it with a budget in mind.
I almost canceled my trip to Bellagio because it was pouring rain the day we were going to head out, but I’m so glad we decided to go anyway. Once the clouds parted, we were able to explore one of the prettiest corners of Italy! We only had 2 days and it just wasn’t enough. We must go back.
How to get to Bellagio
Lake Como is located north of Milan, Italy. It borders Switzerland so you’ll be able to see part of the beautiful Alps. It’s quite easy to get there from Milan’s main train station, Milano Centrale.
waiting for the bus in the town of Como
You can either take a train to Varenna and catch a ferry to Bellagio (slightly shorter route).
However, we took the longer route and booked a train to the town of Como then took a bus to Bellagio. Either route you take, the train is about an hour from Milan. The bus took about 45 minutes to an hour as well. The drive was really beautiful though!
Where we stayed
We stayed at Locanda Barchetta B&B in Bellagio. It’s a little Bed & Breakfast right in the center of town. The rooms were very clean, and the view was lovely. Every morning they serve you breakfast in their downstairs restaurant. I’d recommend it just for the location alone!
view from our room
Things to do
・Relax. You’re in one of the most beautiful places in Italy. It’s the perfect place to leisurely spend your time taking it all in.
・Eat your heart out. There are so many restaurants in Bellagio that you are not short of options! Make sure to try Gelateria del Borgo for some delicious gelato.
・Do a wine tasting! We saw so many places offering this, but we just didn’t have enough time. Jorge did a mini-tasting at a wine store and brought a bottle home.
・Get lost wandering the picturesque streets.
・Explore even further by taking a ferry to nearby towns. I highly recommend Varenna!
There’s a pretty nook at every turn.
Until next time, Bellagio.
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OMG your pictures are stunning!!! I seriously love Italy! I need to plan another trip back already and visit this place!
This looks so beautiful and quaint! I love all the colors! I need to get there ASAP!
I love Italy!! I never made it to Lake Como or Milan and your photos are so amazing. I want to book a trip right away!
I love Italy, too! It has so much charm and charisma! These photos of the alleys are amazing!
So much charm!! And thank you 🙂
I love Italy! These photos are great, I’m excited to go to Lake Como myself. What time of year were you there? I am afraid of rain!
It’s such a magical country! I was there toward the end of May.
Loved this post!
I was just in bellagio in march and it looks just like your photos!!! I love that area!!! I have a post about the cooking class I did across the lake from bellagio- we took the ferry from bellagio.
Thanks so much!!