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Lake Como/Bellagio Still Unsure

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Lake Como/Bellagio Still Unsure

We are two couples staying in Bellagio (Villa Serbelloni) in June and have 3 full days to explore the Lake. I have researched it and remain confused. I would really like some advice on what to do on those 3 full days. For example Day 1 do........ Day 2 do.... etc. It seems to be a spot where you jump on a ferry and explore a neighbouring town. Which spots are a must see? Do you visit more than 1 town per day. Are they any key attractions. Is it worth jumping over the border to Switzerland for a day? or is there plenty to do. We will have car. Thanks for your help in advance.

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1. Re: Lake Como/Bellagio Still Unsure

If the weather is good, I think you will have plenty to do. It just depends on the pace you want to set. Lake Como is a place to relax - I hate to see you have it too planned. It will depend on the weather and how much you want to just sit and relax. Jumping on a ferry and exploring is exactly what you do.

My one can't miss place is Villa Carlotta. Both the Villa and the gardens are absolutely stunning and worth half a day.

Yes, you can do more than one town per day. Other than Villa Carlotta I don't think it's a place of must sees - like Milan or Rome - but a place of beautiful scenery to savor.

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2. Re: Lake Como/Bellagio Still Unsure

Forget your car here and visit tha area by foot and public boats.

For only 3 days you can :

- explore the historical centre of Bellagio, do some shopping in the numerous boutiques and handycraft shops scattered along the stairways, stop for a cappuccino or a gelato. In the evening shops are open and you can enjoy musical, choir, instrumental and band reviews outdoor or in the Church.

Visit the Villa Serbelloni gardens (owned by the Rockfeller Foundation of New York since 1959) and Villa Melzi gardens by the lake

Visit the characteristic fishermen's village of San Giovanni. here you'll find an interesting Nautical Instruments Museum, The Church of S.Giovanni bilt in 1584 with the grotto dedicated to the Madonna of Lourdes. In the wharf and dock area you can see the typical boats of Como Lake called "Lucie" and the rowing school where you can also rent a kayak for a trip on the lake.

There is also an Ichthytourism, i.e. Agritourism in order to enjoy the fish caught, where you can enjoy really fresh fish dishes from the Lake.  

You can reach San Giovanni by foot, passing trough the Villa Melzi gardens, by public boats or the moutorized little train.

On 24th,25th and 26th of June there is one of the most important event on the lake : The San Giovanni sagra that start in Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

with a torchlight walk through the villas gardens to San Giovanni hamlets. Here dance, music, good food and fireworks show.

Catch the public boat (the dock is few steps from your Hotel) and in 10/15 minutes you can reach other interesting spots on the lake :

- Villa Balbianello in Lenno , where STAR WAR SAGA was filmed,

- Comacina Island, the only island on the lake

- Villa Monastero, Villa Cipressi and Vezio Castel in Varenna, with a beautiful promenade along the lake.

Nearby Varenna is the shortest river in Italy – and one with most enticing name: Fiumelatte (River of Milk) Leonardo da Vinci was quite perplexed by the river as he and countless others failed to find its source. It runs for only 250 metres

- The characteristic medieval centre of Argegno

- Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo

All this spots are in the central part of the lake, the most interesting, and you can do an Hop on- Hop off cruise by the slow boat battello.

You can also consider a private boat tour.

The COMO town is itself nice and interesting : the Duomo, Broletto, palace, San Fedele Church. You can reach it in 50 minutes by the fast boat hydrofoil or do a long cruise of 2 hours with the battello.

Here there is also the Aero Club Como, from where you can take a sea-plane trip above the Lake, landing on the water for a swim if you like.

There are also some great hikes to be had in the hills and mountains around Bellagio.


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3. Re: Lake Como/Bellagio Still Unsure

With a car you could take many excursions from Lake Como – Lake Lugano, the town of Lugano, Soglio in Switzerland’s Graubünden, the Bernina Pass….

Day trips from Lake Como?:


But the ferry is really the best way to explore Lake Como and Brezza50’s suggestions are absolutely wonderful, entertaining and yet relaxing!



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Thanks for your reply

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5. Re: Lake Como/Bellagio Still Unsure

Wow sounds like loads to do -glad we have 2 weeks to explore in august!


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Bellagio is a magical place where the pace is much slower and you ENJOY every little moment of it! We have gone the last 2 summers for a week and plan to go again this summer. Part of the enjoyment of the Grand Hotel is sitting by the pool in good weather and enjoying the view. One PERFECT place for dinner is in Tremezzo? is called Al Velu. It has AMAZING food and an even better view of the lake. You take the ferry across the lake and they will have a taxi there to take you to their restaurant up the hill. The views of the lake and the island are breathtaking and the food and ambiance is memorable! We are SO excited to go back, we are counting the days. The torchlight festival is also an unforgettable experience and one we have made sure to plan our trip around for this summer. You could also take a cooking class in Varenna with Mario at his restaurant (google it, I don't remember the name) it was a very enjoyable day and really got a taste of REAL Italian food. We also rented a boat for a few hours and had a driver take us around the lake and drop us off at a little restaurant right on the shores of Lake Como that was so delicious and fresh and it felt like it was almost right out of someone's kitchen. The table were set up right outside at the very edge of the water in a small cove, a magical setting for an afternoon lunch! I could go on and on, it's heaven on earth to us and leaving Bellagio is fine for a few hours but you always want to come back...

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7. Re: Lake Como/Bellagio Still Unsure

Having three days is good. Most visitors to Lake Como do better with a less structured itinerary. Lake Como is primarily about enjoy the beatuiful setting that nature has created. The best way to do this is to take a boat tripdown the length of one of the lakes three legs. Another good idea is to visit one of the gardens or garden villa combinations that are open to the public. There market days that occur weekly at some of the towns around the lake.

If in the end you get terribly restless then you can daytrip to Lugano, Soglio (or both), or Bergamo or Milan.

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