The Real Bellagio

| September 29, 2010

A charming side street in Bellagio, Italy

I am usually an eternal optimist. However, when it came to planning our Switzerland trip, I did not want to take any chances that all we would see was rain and heavy cloud cover. So, I diligently checked Switzerland’s weather statistics to make sure we were visiting the Alps at the best possible time to see them in all their splendor. I was still concerned though. I had heard horror stories from folks that went to Switzerland in the summer only to see barely recognizable forms of the Alps in the distance due to bad weather. Of course all worked out well for us in Switzerland in the end but my insurance policy for good weather on the trip was a few days in Bellagio on Lake Como, Italy.

After seeing Montreaux on Lake Geneva, we took a train along the Alps to the town of Como. Once in Como, you can walk or take a taxi from the Como San Giovanni train station to the boat depot for a ride to one of many towns that surround the lake. Lago di Como is huge and is shaped like the letter Y. Flip the Y over and picture Como at the bottom of the left leg and the town of Bellagio where all the lines meet in the center. There are many towns on the lake to pick from but the positive reviews and location led me to Bellagio for our few days of relaxing in Italian style before we headed back home. The best boat to take is the comparatively fast hydrofoil. A bus would take two hours to reach Bellagio from Como. The fast boat gets you there in about 40 minutes with a few stops thrown in for about $15.

Following our quick stop in Milan for lunch, we arrived in Como at about 4pm and made it to Bellagio by five. Just in time to check-in, have a beer on the terrace, and find a spot for dinner. The town is pretty quiet, not over run with tourists, and is host to great shopping along charming side streets and alleys. Today’s shot is from one of the best alleys in town. Just head down the path to the sun drenched road and make a right to reach our hotel. This photo spoke to me in black and white for some reason and is the first shot I have posted in this style. I promise to post more photos of this leg of our trip in vivid color in the coming days and weeks. I am actually pretty excited to share them with you so you can get a true sense of this beautiful place.

Like all towns in Italy, Bellagio has a nice old church, charming architecture, and beauty that does not disappoint. Imagine sitting by the lake for dinner with a warm breeze passing over you as you look to the lake sparkling from the sun setting in the distance. I am not sure what about Italy keeps calling us back. Sure I could list a ton of great things to consider, but what is harder to define is the feeling that we have when we are there. It is really hard to describe. All I know is it makes me smile every time and plants itself firmly in my mind as a place to continue exploring.

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  1. …amazing photograph. Almost too beautiful to believe! Thank you for your comments on my blog – I have the desire to learn – just not much time to indulge since I have 6 children… A new camera is in the near future as my little Kodak Easy Share Z712IS is starting to show some wear & tear. I use it mostly on automatic (a “sin”, I am sure 🙂 I am focusing a bit more on composition right now but feel I will be stepping out of my comfort zone and shooting RAW (whatever that is!) and manually soon. My youngest is 2 and not much of a napper… 🙂 Suggestions and comments are always appreciated!