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  • Day22

    Day 22b. Bellagio, Lake Como.

    August 26, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    We walked the streets of Bellagio and had lunch in one of the foreshore restaurants. It is a very hilly and pretty town.
    Bellagio is the home of George and Amal Clooney. The eighteenth-century Villa Oleandra in Laglio is located on the western shore of Como Lake.Read more

  • Day22

    Day 22a. Monti di Blevio, Lake Como.

    August 26, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    We started the walk from the Brunate Sports Ground. We walked one and a half hours on a rugged rocky forest path mostly behind trees with no view. It was very disappointing so we left the trail and took a very steep stony 30 minute path down many hundreds of steps to Blevio. There was no safe esplanade walk so we asked a couple directions to the bus or taxis. A lovely couple German and Phillipino and daughter and they were going to the bus so we walked with them. We waited 40 minutes for the bus to Bellagio which took an hour on tight precarious roads.Read more

  • Day10

    Como to Belaggio

    August 26, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Walking up in Como with a view of the lake is devine. Our first hot breakfast of bacon and eggs.

    We book a hydrofoil to Bellagio.
    45 minutes at 14.00 euro.
    I spot George Clooney's villa Oleandra. His speedboat is parked out front.

    We embark at Bellagio. It is small and quaint and much quieter than Como.

    Lunch is at a restaurant called Suisse on the waterfront. Another chardy another onion soup.

    We walk through the streets, up steep cobblestone walkways with shops on each side.

    I buy a little hand fan. We sit in the shady gardens overlooking the lake in the coolness as it is very warm today.

    We head toward Villa Melzi and we are lucky to find it open until 6.30. It is 5pm. So a wander around the botanic gardens with species of trees and plants from all over the world. The main villa is closed but we walk through the family chapel and museum.

    On our map it shows WC which I am in need of, so I tell Athena I am looking for the water closet. I come back all happy 😊 it is then that she learns that I went to the Loo. Well off she went herself.

    Enjoying my leisurely stroll, next minute I roll my ankle for the 3rd time on this trip. Almost fall down the hill. I expected Athena to be laughing but she looked horrified.

    We come out of the Villa exactly on gate closing time. Walk back to the town and we find out the ferry does not go to Como and are told to take the bus. I thought that is ridiculous. We walk further up to the little Port and walk straight on a Hydrofoil. Which zooms us home across the water. Athena nearly falls asleep on the boat so we head up to our room for a nap.

    At 9.30pm, we decide to get dinner otherwise we will wake at midnight starving.
    I had the home made spaghetti with seafood. God it was good. Then off to bed.
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  • Day5

    San Giovanni a Bellagio

    October 8, 2020 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Gestern Nachmittag sind wir von Venedig nach Bellagio am Comersee gefahren. Die Reise war in Ordnung, viel Verkehr aber trotzdem sind wir zügig voran gekommen. Unser Hotel bietet einen fantastischen Blick über den See 😀

    Wir haben kein Programm und so sind wir vor den Mittag mit dem Hotelbus in die Altstadt gefahren, etwas herum spaziert, haben ein paar Erinnerungsstücke und Wein und Essen für den Abend eingekauft. Wir wollen heute nicht auswärts essen, sondern unsere grosse Terrasse geniessen. Doch bei unserer Rückkehr mussten wir feststellen, dass kein Sonnenstrahl mehr auf die Terrasse fällt. Nun, schade. Der tolle Ausblick geniessen wir trotzdem, trinken etwas Wein und ich bearbeite die FindPenguins Beiträge.

    Zum Znacht gibt es etwas Einfaches und Doku-Filme auf ZDF Hystorie über Prinz Charles und danach über Prinzessin Margareth 😅
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  • Day10

    Villa Melzi

    August 26, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Walking the beautiful gardens of Villa Melzi

  • Day11

    Bellagio, Lake Como

    September 9, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Today we decided to head into Bellagio, and we managed to work out the bus schedule, and find the bus stop. We are killing this travelling in a foreign country gig. While Bellagio wasn’t what I expected, I loved the look and feel, and was quite charmed by the place. I almost wish we had booked to stay here as it certainly wasn’t as touristy as I had heard it would be. One of the bonuses for visiting at the very end of their tourist season, I guess.

    We managed to communicate enough with the locals to work out which ferry to catch and hopped on board to enjoy a trip around the famous lake. Our original plan was to hop off at a couple of towns and explore but we decided it was a lovely day to just stay onboard and enjoy the cruise around the lake. It was a great way to see the area and not punish our feet any further.

    We got off back at Bellagio, enjoyed a stroll around the shops, enjoyed a delicious lunch overlooking the lake and checked out the San Giacomo Church, built between 1075 and 1125. We finished the day with a naughty but delicious ice cream sundae and managed to catch the right bus back to our apartment. A wonderful day spent playing tourist.
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  • Day201

    Day 202: Sacri Monti & Bellagio

    September 4, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Time for some more exploring, on our last day in Como! We headed downstairs, drove back and through the town, then up the western shore of the lake. It's quite long, and very deep, but crucially there are no bridges spanning it - so the communities across the water only a kilometre or so apart are literally an hour's drive away.

    Our first stop was the second Sacri Monti we wanted to visit, this time one at Ossuccio. It turned out to be a great stop, because here you had to park the car in a little village near the bottom of the hill, and then walk up as originally intended. It was quite a walk in the sunshine and heat - probably a kilometre or so of mainly steep uphill.

    Every few hundred metres there was another chapel containing beautiful baroque statues of the life of Jesus, focusing mainly on the Passion (the last week before Crucifixion). Finally we reached the top, where we were rewarded with a fantastic view back across the lake in several directions. Quite a beautiful spot, and lovely that not many people were around to disturb it.

    Back down we went, and continued our drive northwards along the western shore of the lake. We stopped at a highly rated place for lunch, where we ate Italian style and had a two-course meal of primi (pasta) and secondi (meat). We both chose for our secondi the plate of smoked lake fish and polenta (the latter is a speciality of northern Italy). It probably wasn't the wisest choice because after huge bowls of pasta, neither of us were particularly hungry! The fish was incredibly salty, almost painfully so, and the polenta wasn't smooth and creamy like I've had before. All in all, a bit disappointing.

    Further north we drove, until we reached the ferry terminus opposite Bellagio, where we could get a ferry back to our side of the lake. Had to wait about 40 minutes for the boat, but it was still far quicker than driving around! Nice views from the ferry as well.

    Bellagio is a beautiful little town, though almost entirely populated by tourists. Nice little alleyways with shops of the souvenir variety, and plenty of waterfront restaurants too. Once we'd found a park we wandered around a bit then grabbed a drink and a cake at one of the restaurants. Quite pricey, but that was expected. Lots of Australians around here as well, almost felt like we were back in Sydney at a few points!

    Finally done, we hopped back in the car in the late afternoon and drove back south to our villa, sad to be leaving Como and the wonderful view, but definitely looking forward to having wifi again!
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  • Day110

    Lake Como, Italy

    August 24, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Lake Como has to be my favorite place in Italy, and most suited to my style of travel. I hadn't planned on coming here but Kimmy added it to our itinerary and I wish we could of stayed longer!! We stayed in the beautiful little village of Varenna in a dated apartment with lake views. It wasn't flash or fancy but it was just perfect for what we needed. I've been having trouble sleeping at night as Nana and Kim are both snorers so I've been a bit of a dragon with no sleep. We had two bedrooms here so I was given a room to myself and had two of the best sleeps in a while!! Lucky because I know how grumpy I get when I don't get enough sleep! It was really nice to get out of the hustle and bustle of the big cities and away from all of the tourists as Lake Como wasn't too busy and we were able to completely relax. We indulged in the most amazing beef fillets two nights in a row as well as more gelato and desserts. We also made the most of the relaxing time and had a full day at the lake where Nana dove head first in and proved herself to be the coolest 70 year old Nana in the world! I also had my first Aperol Spritz, a popular drink in Europe of orange, aperol and prosecco, and went on a morning run up to the Castle for a bit of exercise and time to myself. On this trip I've learnt how important it is for me to love myself, take time to be on my own and clear my head, and work on being the best possible version of myself. As we leave Italy for France, I value the food, culture and people in New Zealand so much more. We've experienced several rude and obnoxious Italians since being here and they're definitely something not worth remembering. It has become quite evident just how thoughtful and respectful us Kiwis are, and it's no surprise why we're loved overseas so much!Read more

  • Day6

    Visite au lac de Côme

    October 8, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Considéré comme l’un des plus beau village de l’Italie le village Bellagio situé sur les rives du Lac de Côme a été notre destination pour notre journée aujourd’hui. Le lac de Côme fait partie de la série des Grands Lacs d’Italie avec le lac Majeur et le lac de Guarde. Le lac de Côme est l’un des plus connus il est en forme d’une paire de culotte et la fourche serait l’emplacement du village Bellagio. Le village est composé de petites rues étroites en montagne tout de même escarpées. Alors inutile de vous dire que nous avons montés des marches toute la journée. Beaucoup de petits magasins qui vendent du cuir, des vêtements, bijoux, soie et souvenirs du village et du lac de Côme en quantités industrielles. Il ne faut surtout pas oublier les petits cafés et restos de toutes sortes en plus des boutiques de vin qui offrent des importations mais seulement disponible en Alberta car au Québec le monopole est toujours avec notre pauvre gouvernement. Pour nous on ne peut acheter que 2 bouteilles de vin et je ne suis pas certain qu’elles pourront passer le

    Donc on devait se lever tôt car le premier bateau rapide pour le Bellagio était pour 9:07 le matin sinon on devait prendre un bateau qui fait la run de lait des differents villages sur les rives du lac qui lui prend plus de 2 heures le rapide prend 45 minutes. La journée débute avec un ciel voilée par la brume du matin mais le tout se dégagera avec une température de près de 19 degré Celsius. Le lac comme tel mesure 50 km de long et le service de navette bateau passager et traversier est continuel et fréquent pour un peu partout sur le lac. Faut être conscient que nous sommes tout près de la Suisse aussi.

    A notre retour petite surprise notre Italien n’étant pas encore parfait le matin nous avons demandé des billets allé retour rapide à la billetterie. Mis au retour le préposé au bateau nous dit que l’on ne peut pas monter à bord nous avons un billet pour un bateau qui fait la run de lait. Alors la Diane a sorti son Italien et son Anglais avec ses yeux de femme décidée pour convaincre le matelot que l’on devait monter à bord. Oufff y a faillit avoir un Italien de moins en Italie. Effectivement on avait un mauvais billet et pour un supplément on a pu monter à bord. Notre inquietude était que l’on avait annoncé que le bateau était complet de la vient les yeux quelques peu agressif de Mme Diane. Le tout à bien fini tout de même.

    Arrivée au quai nous avons eu la bonne idée de trouver un petite épicerie et de souper avec jambon fromage pain et procuito à notre appartement avec un bon verre de vin pour préparer notre journée du lendemain avec la route pour se rendre au Cinqterre. Le problème encore une fois fut les marches on demande à la dame de l’hôtel comment se rendre à la CCOP elle nous suggérera de prendre les marches et non l’auto car trop compliqué à trouver avec les rues étroites et en montagne. Diane hésite et avec mon insistance fini par accepter de monter les marches, je lui dit on voit très bien l’église d’ici. Je vous jure plus de 250 marches pour se rendre à un plateau et une centaine de plus pour la COOP. On y est finalement arrivé après quelques arrêts en cours de route et des rires.

    Au retour à l’appartement on a déguster notre vin et notre souper en tête à tête et parler de notre journée de marche et de marches à gravir. Au final plus de 16,000 pas dans notre journée a été effectué par nos jeunes

    Demain la Spezia et les Cinqterres.....

    Daniel L’Aventurier
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Bellagio, Беладжо, بلاجو, בלאגו, Բելաջո, ベッラージョ, Белладжо, 벨라조, Bellasium, Bellas, Белладжио, Bellagiu, Белађо, เบลลาโจ, 贝拉焦

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