There is a reason celebrities such as George Clooney, Brad Pitt & Sting have homes on Lake Como – it is because it is literally paradise.
Lake Como, in Northern Italy’s Lombardy region, is an upscale resort area known for its dramatic scenery, set against the foothills of the Alps. The lake is shaped like an upside-down Y, with three slender branches that meet at the resort town of Bellagio – which is where we had decided to head to after putting it on our European Bucket List.
Switzerland to Italia
After waking in Switzerland (see blog here) we quickly packed up left the chalet from hell and began the 4 1/2 hour journey to Bellagio – relieved that we were finally leaving the place. Switzerland itself was beautiful – but the chalet gave me the serious creeps – it had a toilet that didn’t flush – your waste just went in a hole!? And a derelict rotting upstairs that you couldn’t get into. It was proper mad!
Anyway that’s by the by – we’re talking about Italy now. We were off! It may seem like a long journey but surrounded by the alps and gorgeous scenery it flew.
We pulled up just before the Italian border to have some lunch at a hell of a picturesque service station – and obviously being almost Italy – the food was delicious. Hashtag Pizzaislife x
A fantastic drive later – we arrived in Italy. Spirits were high – the sun was out – life was super. Abba was blaring out on the radio and we sauntered down the SS340 which runs adjacent to Lake Como stopping occasionally to take a photo of the increasingly beautiful surroundings (and a bin soz – sack the photographer).
We arrived in Cadenabbia. Why Cadenabbia you say? Well that’s where you need to get the ferry over to Bellagio. We could have driven round but it would have added a lot of time to the journey. Very easy to get tickets. Well it was for me. I sent Chris to do it. He came back with tickets and a cold beer! Life is gooooood! 🙂
We loved it on the ferry – most people stayed in their cars – but as we were tourists we had to get out and watch Bellagio get closer. It was so pretty.
Settled in our Appartment
Our Apartment, Casa Lory, was just perfect. We had all the facilities – it was spotlessly clean – it was everything we needed after staying in that grotty chalet in Switzerland. I got the washer going – we all freshened up and got our Sunday best clothes on (i felt this necessary in such a gorgeous place) and we headed into Bellagio for our dinner.
Not joking now – we full on binged. Bellagio was our binge destination. We found a restaurant with tables outside overlooking the lake and although there was a slight chill we weren’t bothered because of the surroundings. Dusk came and we sat chilling stuffing our faces – the kids were starving and demolised their penne pasta, Chris wolfed down his fillet steak and I devoured my ravioli. It was delicious. Topped with mint, pistacios and lemon zest. Taste sensation! I was in heaven.
I had an espresso and the kids had some Italian deserts picked from a huge selection then we headed back to our apartment ready for some shut eye.
Bellagio Day 2
After waking up to a glorious morning and having a play and a sunbathe in the garden we set off on a walk. The streets are winding with little secrets around each corner and gorgeous tiny little bars and restaurants hidden in them. After bearly five minutes walking we found a massive park and the kids got chance to let off some steam.
As I wondered round the perimeter of the park I found a train timetable and after a quick google discovered that a little train – The Bellagio Express – would be along soon to get us back into the town centre.
Must be Lunch Time?
My stomach grumbled as we arrived back in town – it must be time for some more deliciousness – but we went for a walk instead – starving – but it was phenomenal.
We found a sweetshop next to a pub and this fell into my hand – it was awesome! An appertif if you will.
And finally we found a spot for another meal – was at a funny time after wondering round town for so long – 3-4 – a very late lunch – We ate tonnes of pizza (and a drop more beer) and saved some bread to feed to ducks and fishes after our meal.
Crystal Clear Waters
As Lake Como is the water from a glacier it is unbelievable pure and crystal clear. It hypnotised me watching the fish and ducks. It was so serene.
After one last stroll around the shops we decided to catch the train back to our apartment and chill in the garden while the kids played and catch the last bit of sun.
I would have gladly stayed her another night but sadly the apartment was booked, so had to move on 🙁
Bellagio is one of the most beautiful places on earth and I’ve read of people slating it because there isn’t a great deal to do however for me it was just perfect.
Sitting, Eating and Chilling are my favorite hobbies so Bellagio is heaven for me. So get yourselves over and have some raviolli with the Clooneys! You wont be disappointed!