Bellagio, Lake Como

View of Bellagio, Lake Como

Your trip to Lake Como is incomplete without a visit to its Pearl: Bellagio. Bellagio is located halfway between the two southernmost branches of the lake, and is famous worldwide for its beautiful villas overlooking the water (like Villa Serbelloni or Villa Melzi).

Here is something I wrote about the best things to do in Bellagio – you’ll be happy to know that most of the attractions are located within walking distance 😉 Ready to start? Here is what awaits you in Bellagio, Lake Como!

Bellagio, the Pearl of Lake Como

A traditional and vibrant town center

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.

A tiny street in the town center of Bellagio
A tiny street in the town center of Bellagio

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.

Villa Serbelloni and Villa Melzi

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).

One of the best things to do in Bellagio is definitely a stroll around the Villa Melzi gardens. The villa 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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Punta Spartivento and Pescallo

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 take some amazing pictures.

One of the most beautiful parts of Bellagio is Pescallo, an old fishing village located southeast of the promontory. A stepped pathway, starting from the Bellagio town hall, 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.

Pescallo (Bellagio), Italy
Pescallo, Bellagio

Beaches and boat tours around Bellagio

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.

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Reach Bellagio by car

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!

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Population: 3801 (Jan 1, 2015)
Altitude: 229 m (751 ft)
Province: Como
Postcode: 22021
Neighboring towns: Griante, Lezzeno, Magreglio, Oliveto Lario, Sormano, Tremezzina, Varenna, Veleso, Zelbio


  1. CB says:

    Planning a holiday to Italy and will be in saronno, Italy. How do we get to lake como by train??

    • admin says:

      Hi! You just have to take the “Como lago” train at the Saronno station, very easy. You will get to the city of Como in 30 minutes more or less, getting off right in front of Lake Como 😉 then, if you want to reach Bellagio, you can take the C30 bus at the bus station which is right in front of the train station.

  2. Alison Fitzpatrick says:

    Is Bellagio mainly a resort for couples ?
    We’re trying to find a resort, on Lake Como suitable for me and my husband and my two adult children aged 21 and 23.

    Can you recommend anywhere please ?

    • admin says:

      Hi Alison! Bellagio offers many possibilities to young people. Your childs will have the chance to swim and do water sports (Bellagio Water Sports), hike in the surrounding hills, take a boat and visit the other towns (I’d suggest Como) or pass a night at Lido di Bellagio.
      Hope this helps!

  3. Meisaa says:

    Hello, we are Planning a travel to Bellagio with an 1 year old baby. We think that the mobility can be difficult in the streets. What do you think about?

    • admin says:

      Hi Meissa, as I wrote in the article, Bellagio is full of stairs which are quite steep and getting around with a stroller could be a little hard. However, the main streets of the towns are easy to follow for anyone.

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