A Day in Bellagio

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A Day in Bellagio

What I Wore

dress c/o SUGARHILL BRIGHTON sandals TORY BURCH purse MANGO

Bellagio was easily my favorite village in Lake Como and I could have spent a few days there. Not that there was so much to see and I was limited on time, but mainly because I wanted to really embrace the slowness that is Italian lake life! If you read about my stroll through Menaggio or my reasons why you should visit Lake Como, you may have guessed that the Italians saunter through life and embrace the best moments.

We spent a day in Bellagio, so I thought I would break it up for you minute-by-minute. I heard that many people do quick day trips to Lake Como from Milan just to visit Bellagio and though I think that’s crazy {you can easily spend weeks here}, I do think it’s a great way to get a taster of what Italian lake life is like if you’re on a budget and/or a time crunch.

A Day in Bellagio
A Day in Bellagio
A Day in Bellagio

Lake Promenade

After a slow morning with multiple cups of coffee and a decent breakfast {of mostly fruits} we drove to Bellagio from our AirBNB in Lezzeno. We parked our car and first meandered the promenade all lined with pink flowering trees. There are many benches, so if you’d like, you can also bring your light breakfast there or a coffee to drink.

Villa Melzi & The Botanical Gardens

We followed the promenade to the entrance of Villa Melzi. It boasts all the gorgeous flowers, but really it has the most majestic trees! Be sure you the veranda with the busts and gorgeous lake view along with the Asian-inspired pond and surrounding garden and bridge. It’s such a calm and peaceful walk.

Alle Darsene di Loppa

If you’re looking for a lunch option by now, I would highly suggest Alle Darsene di Loppa. It’s secluded, quiet and has a wonderful seafood focused menu. Since it’s lunch, I would suggest a few starters or maybe sharing some of the plates.

A Day in Bellagio
A Day in Bellagio
A Day in Bellagio
A Day in Bellagio

What I Wore

dress c/o SUGARHILL BRIGHTON sandals TORY BURCH purse MANGO

I thought this cute lemon dress would be perfect for the Italian summer! The material was lightweight and soft, which is what I needed in the scorching afternoon. I think I loved the silhouette the most. Sugarhill Brighton does great modest clothing that is cute, so it fits the criteria. The final detail with the slightly open back and the bow was such a charming touch!

La Lanterna

If you’re looking for another lunch option, but closer to the piazza, then I would suggest La Lanterna. Though it’s smack in the middle of the touristy bits of Bellagio, it is actually frequented by the locals. The arrabbiata was rather spicy, if you’re into that. I got the ravioli with ricotta and sage and it was buttery, earthy and wonderful!

Pasticceria Castelli

So once you’re done with lunch, the walk back to town can be a long one for Lake Como standards, but it’s such a beautiful water front walk. You will quickly see the hustle and bustle of the piazza and you’ll be close to the village centre. I guess it would be time for a coffee, which I suggest grabbing one and a biscotti from Pasticceria Castelli. Grab a few more for snacks later or the next day too!

A Day in Bellagio
A Day in Bellagio
A Day in Bellagio

Village Centre

After our little walk on the promenade, we made our way to the village centre. Walk perused the shops that held bottles of regional wine, silk ties, local delicacies, wooden toys, jewelry and art. You will be amazed by how diverse the local craft is. If you’ve got a day in Bellagio, I urge you properly peruse the shops. We decided to grab a few things at these places:

  • Enoteca La Principessa: If you’re looking for regional wines or any Italian wine, really, then I would highly suggest this place. There are not many repeat bottles, so you know you’re getting unique blends.
  • Bruschini S.N.C.: Looking for a sentimental souvenir? We saw many couples on this trip and saw a few on their honeymoon. If you’re visiting for that reason, I would recommend visiting Bruschini to get yourself jewelry made with authentic murano glass!
  • Salita Serbelloni Street: Although this isn’t much of a shop, go up this street and then look back. Take a photo. It will be a good one.
  • Marcelleria Salumeria: As you probably know, I often pick up ingredients and food as souvenirs on my trip. I did that when I spent a weekend in Valletta {and basically came back with another suitcase solely for food}. If you can pick up dried meats, then I’d do it here {check with your country’s customs regulation} otherwise, I picked up dried herbs, infused pastas and a box of biscotti.
A Day in Bellagio
A Day in Bellagio
A Day in Bellagio
A Day in Bellagio

La Punta

Walk along Eugenio Vitali and follow it up the incline. It will be worth it! There is a viewpoint there called La Punta, where you can stand at the tip of bellagio. If you’re there during the afternoon, then I suggest taking your swim gear and sit at the lido. Otherwise, there is a green space and even a lovely restaurant there called La Punta. {An amazing dinner option too.}

That was the end of the day! If you don’t have the time, you can easily do a day in Bellagio or even in half a day, but if you have a full day, then I suggest meandering the streets a bit further. It’s so picturesque and quaint!

A Day in Bellagio