High Rolling at Bellagio

Trip Start Dec 01, 2009
Trip End Nov 08, 2010

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Borgo Le Terazze
Jeff and Maureen's Apartments
Silvio Apartments

Flag of Italy  , Lombardy,
Sunday, May 2, 2010

From the title of this post you may be thinking that we've again thrown our travel plans into disarray and made a bee-line for Las Vegas. But no, we are not at the famous Bellagio Hotel and Casino, instead we have continued as planned, currently residing in Northern Italy at the majestic Lago Di Como. We reached Bellagio after a brief, terrifying bus journey from the town of Como. The views and scenary here really are incomparable:  A still, blue lake surrounded by steep green mountains where houses and villas featuring classic Italian style architecture are perched precariously on the hills and waterfront.

I never thought that a lake could be this interesting or attractive, but it seems to possess a certain tranquillity that creates a relaxing and calm atmosphere that millions of visitors enjoy each year. Having had an opportunity to wander through the town of Bellagio, it has become apparent there are more restaurants, bars, shops and hotels than I imagined there would be. Visiting here in spring, we are told that it is far quieter than in the summer peak season when thousands of eager tourists (mainly Americans, Britons and Australians) flock to enjoy the warmer temperatures and vibrant, cosmopolitan surrounds of Bellagio. On our first evening, we enjoyed a meal at Silvio’s Restaurant, which is located on the fringe of town overlooking the lake. The menu offered a choice of local 'lake fish’ served in a modern Italian style, as well as other Italian specialties. The food and wine was of a very high quality and the service was outstanding – we left feeling very satisfied.

Our accommodation thus far has been in a private apartment with our friends Jeff and Maureen. The apartment is located on the outskirts of Bellagio in the town of Limonta which is about 5 minutes by car. Having a vehicle here is a necessity – this is not due to the distances being unwalkable, but more so because of the fact that there are no pedestrian footpaths and so the narrow width of the roads makes it extremely unsafe to explore on foot. We are very lucky to have been introduced to Elena Ponzini, who is a local here and the manager of several properties that offer comfortable and well-appointed accommodation for visitors. The newest of these, Borgo Le Terraze, is situated on a hill that overlooks the lake and town. The recently built apartments offer spectacular lake views and very comfortable modern rooms and amenities. Having now experienced the lake from a range of different angles and perspectives, the view from the Borgo Le Terraze is by far the greatest, in my opinion. This accommodation is very affordable and a perfect choice for travellers wanting to make the most of their Lake Como experience.

To potential visitors, I would also recommend partaking in a boat trip – besides being an efficient and comfortable method of transport, ferries and water taxis allow for 360 degree panoramic views of surrounding towns and mountains. On a hot day, being on the water is one way of cooling down to a more comfortable temperature. We haven’t had too many of these yet, but are hoping for some more nice clear days before we return to London on Thursday.
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