Pearl of Lake Como

Trip Start Sep 14, 2012
Trip End Oct 19, 2012

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Flag of Italy  , Lombardy,
Tuesday, October 9, 2012

We were so excited to see our first Swiss village and alpine forests as we left Italy a few days earlier, but we were just as excited to see the familiar look of Italy with the cosy villages and homes in hues of cream, peach and yellows as we made our way back over the Italian-Swiss border.

Bellagio is our second last destination on our holiday and it is considered the pearl of Lake Como and is a common lakeside vacation destination in Italy, even George Cooney has a home in the neighbouring town of Como. Lake Como is shaped like an upside down Y and Bellagio is located where the two legs of Lake Como come together.

The road trip in was similar to Amalfi in terms of a windy road that follows the water line, but the roads were slightly wider with less traffic. The water level was not such a sheer drop as in Amalfi, this could also add to the calmness of driving these roads, or perhaps we are now used to the Italian drivers and fast corners.

Our apartment in Bellagio is another amazing place to stay (Via Garibaldi 45), Maria the owner who lives downstairs made us feel very welcome. The location is perfect, main street of the historical centre with cafes and restaurants directly downstairs.  The lake water front was a short stroll down a set of narrow stone steps and from the bedrooms and lounge rooms you could get views of the lake and mountain from the distance. Best part of being back in Italy is hearing the church bells during the day, especially as an early morning alarm.

Once we unpacked we headed down to explore this gorgeous small town. Population is just over 3000. Loving being back in Italy, gelato prices range from 1.70 to 2 euro for a single scoop and pizza prices range from 6 to 8 euro for a margarita. First stop lunch at a pizzeria that Maria has recommended that uses a stone pizza oven, followed by some gelato as we explore the panoramic lake views. The village has picturesque stone lanes and stairways with shops, gelato bars, cafes, and restaurants beautiful place to base ourselves for a few days. It is obviously a place for the rich to hang out as there is just as many fine jewellery shops as there are gelato shops.

Tomorrow we are planning on exploring the neighbouring towns on the lake.
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