Travel Blogs from Bellagio
... Italian pizza for lunch whilst we waited for the platform to be displayed. Wendy continued her extreme diet - no solids. We boarded and sat opposite each other in quite comfortable seats for about an hour and a half as we both tried not to go to sleep in case we missed our station. John succeeded in staying awake. We alit at Genova station, were met by a man with a sign saying "Pearce" and were then transported in a Mercedes "S" to Monterosso. Our driver told us that he used to ...
... our lunch so that John could have wine for lunch Italian style followed by coffee. The sun was out now and it was about 22 degrees so we sat at the restaurant, by the lake, relaxing. Tough life hey? What a pity that the next week or so has no more rest days. After a relax (again), dinner, a suitcase pack and early night. We are back to Milan tomorrow and get the train to Cinque Terre. Whoops, a sudden turn of events, apparently the ...
... treated myself to a slice of pizza and a bottle of the newest Dolce & Gabana fragrance. Milan's Centrale Stiation rivals a suburban mall and has a Sephora right by the tracks so you have to pass it coming or going. The train to Verona is one the "high speed" trains - much faster than the last one. I'm told it runs between 180 and 200 miles an hour. The countryside really does just Wiz on by. I actually thought I was getting a little motion sickness ...
Up early, had breakfast and met our tour guide at about 9am. It was raining so we took a brolley each and opted for raincoats. We had a quick chat about where we would go and fortunately what the guide suggested was what we wanted to do. So we were driven to the old town of Como first - about 15 minutes away by car. The old part of the city is walled on three sides as the people of Milan and Como were not keen on each other. Of course the unwalled side of the city is the lake. ...
... district with designer stores, italian silk (Como is famous for silk) and tratorias. Found a little cheese shop tucked down an alley way that rocked my world. The goat's milk Gorgonzola was music in my mouth - I doubt if I will ever taste anything like it again. Ything! The 15 minute ferry ride back to Cernobbio was like stepping back again in time. There are ferry boats all day that traverse the lake. Some ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Florence Bellagio
Beautiful hotel in perfect location.
Of our 14 nights spent in hotels in Italy, this was by far the nicest, and cheapest, hotel. Located right on the water in Bellagio, it's in a perfect spot. We had a large room with a GREAT view. The hotel's restaurant is also very good. The staff was wonderful and very accomodating.
We actually left the hotel next door and checked in here. This hotel has a lot of character, our room was adorable. We also had a great view of the lake. We both enjoyed breakfast as well. I highly recommend this hotel to travelers.
Really wonderful !
We stayed at the Hotel Florence for 3 nights in a room on the fourth floor with a balcony over the street. Small view from our balcony. The room was small, but comfortable. Nice bathroom ! The breakfasts were great, and the lunch on the lake-side patio was the best we had in Italy. Great location and a nice bar for evening cocktails or wine. We loved its charm !
The Hotel Florence in Bellagio was wonderful
Travelled around Italy with one of my good friends. Very much enjoyed our stay at the Hotel Florence. We stayed in a room with a Lake view -- gorgeous. Very modern bathroom, great wood ceilings and floors, professional, friendly and knowledgable staff. It is easy to get to everything in Bellagio from the hotel and the ferry stop is a quick 1-2 minute walk. Highly recommend it!
Have just returned from 4 days in Bellagio, where we stayed at the Hotel Florence. We loved the setting, loved the decor and the staff were wonderful! Their lakeside patio is the best in the town and the American Bar patio is also wonderful. The only problem - we started in a non-lake view room and were disappointed as it was noisy backing on to a walkway. We were able to move to a lakeside room but found that the sun was unbearable in the late afternoons, when we had hoped to enjoy a glass of wine and enjoy the view! You have to put up with a little noise on either side but the location and excellent mix of antique old/funky new decor made up for it!
We had such an enjoyable time in Belagio at the hotel Florence that we went back a second time and stayed at the same hotel. We look forward to going back again,staying at the Hotel Florence and having dinner at their wonderful setting by the lake.
Nice Hotel, BUT ......
My wife and I spent 3 days in Bellagio during the end of July 2003 and stayed in room #4 at the Hotel Florence. It shares a large 2nd floor deck with #5 that has a great view of the Lake to the west.
Unfortunately the outdoor metal chairs are rediculously unconfortable so you need to use a pillow. It appears that rooms 1,2,& 3 also share a similar balcony/deck slightly elevated to the North. The room was fairly small for 180 Euro and there is no air conditioning, so with a western exposure, it literally bakes during hot summer afternoons. The bathroom was very nice, but the window is directly above a busy alley and the noise comes in. The restaurant is "lakeside" right across the street and the food as well as the service was very good. All in all, this is a "nice" hotel but no way can anyone give it more than 3 stars.
The Villa Serbelloni (right next door) is far nicer (at twice the price) but watch out for getting ripped off at their fancy restaurant if you go for dinner. Since Bellagio is at the bifurcation of Lake Como, the location is great for exploring towns on the lake (e.g. we took the hydrofoil to Villa D'Este for lunch), but all in all, we enjoyed Lake Maggiore (30km west) a lot more than Como. It was MUCH less touristy, far more elbow room and had several 4* Hotels for the same price (180 Euro) as Como.
This hotel was perfect. Lovely location and room and the lakeside restaurant was the best in Bellagio.
Recommended by my Travel Agent. The Hotel is family run and is simply georgeous.
Hotel Florence in Beautiful Bellagio
I am so glad that we found this wonderful hotel in Bellagio, Italy just steps from the Ferry stop on Lake Como. Bellagio is situated at the point where the 3 arms of Lake Como come together and the 3 star Hotel Florence presents a magnificent view of the lake. The rooms were lovely and very comfortable and the restaurant was elegant and shouldn't be missed. The staff was very eager to please and they made us feel right at home. Bellagio is a wonderful place to visit and the Hotel Florence made it that much more enjoyable. Just remember to take the Rapid Ferry!