High Rolling at Bellagio
Trip Start Dec 01, 2009
33Trip End Nov 08, 2010
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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
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.