Wandering through cobblestoned streets on a sunny afternoon with a gelato in hand is one life’s loveliest pleasures, and one of the best places to do it is in Belaggio, in the Lake Como region of Italy. This beautiful village is located on the shores of the lake and is one of Italy’s most famous summer escapes, often described as the ‘Pearl of the Lake’.
Located just over an hour away from Milan (by train and bus or by car) Bellagio is the summer playground of the well-heeled with stunning villas, world class hotels, pretty boutiques and restaurants and bars serving up delicious Italian fare.
For garden lovers there is much to explore at the famous Villa Melzi and Villa Serbelloni. The town itself is also bursting with tumbling bougainvillea, trailing vines and greenery adorning many of the pretty buildings.
If you are looking for the perfect gift to take home you can’t go wrong with a beautiful silk scarf from Azalea. The region is famous for its scarves and silks and this boutique stocks so many styles in the most exquisite prints it is hard to leave with just one! There are plenty of other upscale shopping opportunities in the village catering to the luxury traveller and some wonderful delis selling local Italian produce and wines.
While there are plenty of accommodation options in Belaggio and some beautiful private villas to rent, we enjoyed staying at nearby Menaggio or Varenna which are a little quieter and only a quick ferry ride away.
After a full day of exploring the village there isn’t much that beats enjoying a glass of crisp Italian wine, admiring the beautiful views of Lake Como and watching the afternoon sun sparkle on the water knowing that you will soon be enjoying a delicious Italian meal. It truly is La Dolce Vita!
For more information visit the Bellagio tourism site here.