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Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

April 9, 2017 by David Herd

Playground for the Rich & Famous

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

 Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy with it’s cobblestone lanes and elegant buildings with beautiful views over the famous lake. The village is characterized by century-old buildings & interesting stone lanes & steps.

 Cobblestone steps

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

Climbing all the Bellagio stairs is an excellent way to work up an appetite. 🙂

View from the top of the steps.

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

Every time you turn around there is another great photo opportunity.

Narrow lanes

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

I used to wonder why so many European towns & villages had such narrow streets & lanes. Then a friend of mine Riny Doyle, from Breil Sur Roya in the south of France, explained it was simple to control the temperature. Narrow lanes meant a much cooler environment, & lets face it in those ancient times there were no air conditioned shopping malls where you could get relief from the heat. 🙂

Delightful little cafes & restaurants

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

Around every corner there is a little cafe or restaurant.

If you prefer a water view

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

Here is a perfecy spot to soak up the view of Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy. Perhaps if you hange around long enough you may see George Clooney wander in with his beautiful bride. 🙂

Sadly I don’t have the time.

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

 

I don’t have the time to wait for George as I’m about to catch the car ferry to the other side of the lake.

Bit of a rust bucket

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

At least I don’t have far to travel.  

Lets explore a little more before I leave.

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

More stairs and more shops.

And another little hidden restaurant.

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

A surprise around every corner.

 Hotel Metropole

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

Right in the heart of town, just book through THIS LINK for a great discount on the room rate.

Or Hotel Splendide

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

Has views of the lake which is even better, just book through THIS LINK.

The crowd builds up

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

Lunch is over, now for some serious shopping.

Farewell to beautiful Bellagio

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como ItalyJust a wonderful Italian village.

As Andrea Bocelli would say……

Time to say goodbye. (lets not forget Sarah Brightman)

Ferry across Lake Como

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

The views from the ferry are absolutely stunning. 

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Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

August 17, 2015 by David Herd

Lake Como northern Italy

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times, it’s a very popular tourist attraction with many artistic and cultural gems. It has many villas and palaces such as Villa Olmo, Villa Serbelloni, and Villa Carlotta.

Fabulous Lake Como home

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

 

Lake Como weather is generally mild. It is known for its Mediterranean-like climate where sub-tropical plants can grow year-round, Average daily temperatures range from about 2 °C (36 °F) in January to 30 °C (86 °F) in July.

Bellagio on Lake Como northern Italy

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

 

Bellagio is a wonderful upmarket village on Lake Como, certainly a place that attracts the wealthy. Bellagio & Lake Como are both beautiful and famous, however I do prefer the larger Lake Garda which is a couple of hours east. I found it more “user friendly” in so much as there were many more places you could actually access the lake itself. The wealthy and the snobbish will always pick Como because that’s what they read about in the fashion magazines and gossip columns, but the experienced traveller I believe would choose Lake Garda as the more interesting location.

My little road rocket

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

  This little car really covered a lot of miles in the coming weeks, all the way to Saint Tropez, Cinque Terre, Menton, Breil Sur Roya, Verona, Pejo, St Moritz and Salzburg.

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

 

Taking the shortcut across Lake Como northern Italy.

West side Lake Como

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

 

It is a rather short trip on the ferry.

For whom the bell tolls

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

  Pardon me quoting the title of Ernest Hemingway’s 1940 novel, however I’m sure he would have sometime in his life sipped his double daiquiris on the shore of Lake Como. 🙂  

Hemingway did enjoy a drink

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

 

What a fabulous old photo.

San Giacomo Church, Ossuccio

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

 This Romanesque church is situated along the shore at Spurano, Ossuccio.  It was built between the 10th and 12th centuries. The sail bell tower on the outside wasn’t built until after the 14th century.  The double arched apse is typical of the local architecture and inside the church you can see visible traces of original frescoes.

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

Dining outside on the terrace overlooking the lake with the lights of Bellagio twinkling is a magical experience.  

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

 

Way above my pay grade I’m afraid. 🙂

Como Cathedral

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy 

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Como

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

Como is a city and comune in Lombardy, Italy. It is the administrative capital of the Province of Como. Its proximity to Lake Como and to the Alps has made Como a popular tourist destination and the city contains numerous works of art, churches, gardens, museums, theatres, parks and palaces.

  Veal Scallopini

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

  One of my favourite meals is veal scallopini and this dish I had in Como at the restaurant shown below was perhaps the best I have ever experienced.  

Main square opposite Cathedral

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

 

The food here was fantastic.

Restaurant on the square

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

 

A beautiful summer day in Como.

Como by the lake

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy


As you can see the weather was absolutely perfect at the end of June.

 Garage for the boat

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

 

I would be very happy living here, 🙂

I’m enjoying a coffee in Bellagio.

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

 

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