Location: Bellagio is situated in the Province of Como, in the Italian region of Lombardia. It’s located on Lake Como (also known as Lario). The views are spectacular and it’s possible to see the Alps when we look north. Bellagio is also home to the Rockefeller Foundation and The Gardens of the Villa Melzi.
Prices: We arrived in Bellagio coming from Locarno (Switzerland ) and were immediately shocked by Bellagio’s prices! Although it’s a posh town, everything there is much cheaper than in Switzerland!
How to get there: If you plan to travel to Bellagio by car I recommend you write “Cadenabbia” on the car’s navigation system. Cadenabbia is the closest ferry port and it takes less than 10 minutes to cross the lake and arrive in Bellagio. It’s a leisurely ride with spectacular views. The ferry carries bikes, cars and even trucks . The ferry departs every 30 minutes and reservations are not required.
This option is easier than the one suggested by the car’s GPS, where it recommends driving from Como to Bellagio on very narrow roads that are really scaring (Google it and you will see what I mean). You will not enjoy the ride, on the contrary, you will be praying to survive it and get alive in Bellagio! 🙂 So… just go to Cadenabbia and take the ferry. You can send me thanks later! 🙂
Where to park: Parking in Bellagio is a difficult task. There are very few parking spots available.
If you travel by car, try to find a free parking space and forget your car there during your staying. In order to visit the nearby towns you will travel by “batello” (a small boat).
The best way to find free parking is asking for the village map at any hotel or at the Tourist Office. Besides the free parking there are also paid parking (by hour or by day) and this can be expensive depending on how many days you will spend in this beautiful town.
Where to stay: We stayed at Hotel Centrale Bellagio and loved it! The location is superb,rooms are clean and comfy and breakfast is awesome. You may read my review about this hotel on Tripadvisor.
Where to eat: I can say that probably anywhere you go you will love it! The Italian food is delicious and we had wonderful experiences in everyplace we went. The desserts are to die for! Almost everyday I had my favorite dessert: Tiramisu.
Although all restaurants were absolutely great, our favorite was Bilacus Restaurant and that is the reason we went there more than once! It was also our choice for dinner on our last day in Bellagio, as usually we like to repeat the best one before leaving! 🙂
What to see: Ahh… there is a LOT to see! Not only in Bellagio but also in the nearby towns! Please read my post “15 reasons to visit Bellagio”.
We stayed in Bellagio from August 3rd till Aug 10th. The year was 2011 and we loved each second!