Bellagio, Lake ComoSeptember 6, 2017 in Italy
Explored more of Lake Como, spending a couple of hours at Bellagio.
Explored more of Lake Como, spending a couple of hours at Bellagio.
Lunch at Bellagio (the village not the hotel!). Bellagio is located on the point jutting out where Lake Como branches off into two arms of the lake. Perfect weather here, about 26 degrees. Tomorrow we add another country to our trip - Switzerland. Lugano is our first stop.
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!Read more
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
We met up with Mom in Milan and tried to quickly catch her up with the Italian lifestyle by having a lunch of cured meats, cheeses, pasta, pizza, and gelato! After this excellent orientation to Italy we took the train then ferry to Bellagio. This part of our travels were a bit messy with Dads phone running out of battery and my phone not receiving text messages. However with time both of these issues were fixed and all was good! When we checked into our B&B we had Mom enjoy the last essential Italian delicacy, wine! We brought a bottle from one of the vineyards we visited in Chianti and enjoyed drinking it together as a destressor after our travels. We then went to dinner at Silvia which had an absolutely amazing view of the mountains. For dinner we had a 5 fish appetizer with aperol Spritz to drink. For the main course we had a rice and local fish dish as well as a fish covered in green sauce with a local sparkling wine to accompany it. Apparently people from all over Italy travel to have the fish and rice dish,and I can’t blame them, it was cooked to absolute perfection! We started the next day with a boat tour. We rode on a beautiful wooden boat to Villa Balbianello. The villa was owned by a famous Italian explorer who gave the villa to the Italian government when he died. Both the inside of the building and the gardens were stunning. My favorite part was a huge tree shaped like an umbrella that apparently takes weeks to trim every year. After boating back to Bellagio we ate at a restaurant at the point of Bellagio called La Punta. This restaurant also had an incredible view of the mountain and I enjoyed some dried fish egg pasta. After enjoying our lunch with a view we strolled around the city of Bellagio and went to the Melzi gardens. We then enjoyed one of our daily gelatos and took a ferry to Varenna for dinner. For dinner we ate at La Vista restaurant which (surprise surprise) also had an amazing view! I had a shrimp and scallops ravioli that was very tasty! Dad found the blue hour to be “uninspired” which mom and I found blasphemous since the view was incredible. We also aren’t the biggest fan of blue hour since it means sitting around while dad takes pictures so I guess that makes sense. While waiting for the ferry back to Bellagio there was live music playing in a park nearby with a cute couple dancing with their young daughter. It made the wait for the ferry much more fun! Overall Lake Como had stunning views. Everywhere you would go would look amazing in every direction with being surrounded by mountains, gardens, and be lake. Next time I hang out with my good friend George Clooney I’ll suggest we spend time at his house here since it really is beautiful!Read more
Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 6pm - Wine Tasting
Die Villa Melzi ist eine Villa mit Garten inBellagio in Italien.
Die neuklassizistische Villa wurde im Auftrag von Francesco Melzi d’Eril, dem Vizepräsidenten der von Napoleon gegründeten Italienischen Republik (1802–1805), in den Jahren 1808–1810 vom Architekten Giocondo Albertolli erbaut. Sie liegt inmitten einer beeindruckenden Gartenanlage am Eingang von Bellagio direkt am Comer See.
Der Garten wurde von Luigi Canonica undLuigi Villoresi gestaltet.
Im Museum in der Orangerie neben der Villa sind Kunstwerke, napoleonische Erinnerungsstücke, Renaissance-Fresken und archäologische Funde zu besichtigen. In der neuklassizistischen Kapelle befinden sich die Grabstätten von Francesco Melzi d’Eril (Herzog von Lodi) und von Herzog Tommaso Gallarati Scotti. Die Villa Melzi ging über Donna Maria Luisa Melzi d'Eril auf ihren SohnTommaso Gallarati Scotti, Principe di Molfetta (1878–1966) über, dessen Nachkommen aus der Familie Gallarati Scotti sie noch gehört.
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June 7 - 9, 2017 - Lake Como
Friday, June 9, 2017 - Lunch
This is where I will buy my Italian villa after I win the lottery.
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