Commonly referred to as ‘the Pearl of Lake Como’, the quaint town of Bellagio is home to some of the most Instagrammed streets in the area. All Lake Como itineraries feature a visit to this picturesque town, located conveniently between the lake’s two southernmost branches. It is highly recommended to reach Bellagio by boat, travelling from the town of Como where the slower vessels can take up to three hours. The boat journey is an experience in itself, allowing you to appreciate the sheer magnitude and beauty of the lake.
Its charming historic centre and colourful palate of buildings make Bellagio one of the most romantic destinations on Lake Como, where you can while away an afternoon strolling amongst its winding narrow alleyways and people-watching from a host of well-reputed wine bars. Be warned that comfortable walking shoes are advised since there are plenty of steps involved in exploring Bellagio on foot. Fear not, however, as a host of gelato spots and lakeside restaurants are in plentiful supply for when you’re in need of refreshment.
Discover the picturesque neighbourhoods of San Giovanni and Pescallo and take a stroll through the stunning lush gardens of Villa Melzi or Villa Serbelloni. Bellagio’s selection of characterful boutiques is ideal for some retail therapy, while culture vultures will marvel at the Romanesque church of Basilica di San Giacomo and the tranquil Piazza della Chiesa. Thanks to its central location, from here you are within easy reach of other lakeside gems that are just a boat ride away, including Menaggio, Tremezzina and Varenna.