Here is something I wrote about the best things to do in Bellagio. Most of the attractions are located within walking distance, which makes Bellagio perfect also for a day trip 😉
Ready to start? Here is what awaits you in Bellagio, Lake Como!
The tiny streets of Bellagio are so pretty that a simple walk is worth the visit.
The old town center of Bellagio has one main road, Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, which gets to Punta Spartivento (tip of the village) in less than 10 minutes.
Via Giuseppe Garibaldi is populated by dozens of shops where visitors can find local food, leather goods, clothing, perfumes, and much more.
To the left of the main street, several alleys lead to the lakefront, facing the Como branch of the lake. These alleys are also full of shops and restaurants… and stairs, too! So wear a pair of comfortable shoes and get ready to do a lot of ups and downs.
In the town center, you can get to Piazza della Chiesa and admire the Basilica of San Giacomo, a Romanesque church built between the 11th and 12th centuries.
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After walking on the romantic lakeside Lungo Lario Manzoni, you will reach the world famous Villa Serbelloni, a luxury hotel built in the 15th century and currently owned by the Rockefeller Foundation.
If you’re not a guest of the villa, you cannot visit the interior. However, you can book a visit and enjoy a walk into the 50 acres of park and gardens that surround the villa (contact Promo Bellagio for more information).
A stroll around the Villa Melzi gardens is definitely one of the best things to do when you are in Bellagio. The villa, open from March to October, was built between 1808 and 1810 on commission of Francesco Melzi d’Eril, duke of Lodi, and its gardens were designed by Luigi Canonica and Luigi Villoresi.
The park is home to a large number of exotic trees, camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas, among others. Here, visitors can choose between different routes, since these gardens gather many elements of artistic, cultural, and historical interests. Entry price is €6.50.
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Take Via Eugenio Vitali and, after a short walk, you will get to Punta Spartivento: you’ll find yourself in the middle of the three branches of the lake, where locals’ boats are moored and where you have the chance to relax and take some amazing pictures.
Another great place to relax is Pescallo, an old fishing village located southeast of the promontory. A stepped pathway, which starts from the town hall of Bellagio, will take you there in about 10 minutes. Pescallo is a very popular destination for sports, so don’t miss the chance to do some kayaking or water skiing.
If you are in Bellagio and want to relax on a beach, you can choose between the public stony beach of San Giovanni or the Lido di Bellagio, which is equipped with bar, wifi and gazebos.
Also, you have the chance to take a boat tour to enjoy Lake Como from a unique point of view. You can choose between public or private tours, depending on your needs and the budget you have available. Notice that public boat service is perfect if you are on a day trip and want to start your journey from Como, Varenna or other towns of the lake.
Bellagio is about an hour and a half drive from the airports of Bergamo (Orio al Serio) and Milan (Malpensa and Linate). Once you arrive in Bellagio, you can find parking along Via Carcano and in the area around Piazza della Chiesa.
Experience Lake Como at its best! Traveling by car, you can quickly reach some of the nearest towns to Bellagio: Nesso, Como, Oliveto Lario, and many others. The best way to experience your holiday at your own pace!