Visit Bellagio at Lake Como: Things to do and see

Bellagio is one of the most beautiful towns (some would say the most beautiful) on Lake Como. This village is even considered one of the most beautiful Italian villages (just that).

Below you’ll find all the information you need to plan your stay, what to see and do in Bellagio, as well as our points of interest on our map.

How to get to Bellagio?

If you’re in Lombardy, you can easily drive to Bellagio from Milan or Como. One of the ways we prefer is of course to take a boat from Como.

From Como

At the port of Como you can easily find one of the shuttles that serve the different big cities of the lake, Como, Menaggio, Varenna, Lecco… All the necessary information on the schedules and prices of the boats here.

This will be an opportunity for you to take many pictures of the lake. You will also have an exceptional view of all the towns and villages that border this lake. This is how we enjoyed discovering Bellagio, its beautiful villas and hotels.

From Milan

➡️ If you want to save time and let yourself be guided, you can book your ticket for an excursion to Lake Como, by bus, with stops in the most beautiful villages, Côme, Bellagio and Varenna as well as a 1 hour cruise on the lake to enjoy beautiful panoramas from the lake.

➡️By car, allow about 1 1/2 hours to reach the charming village of Bellagio.

Comment louer une voiture ?

Location de voiture: Pour comparer les prix des locations nous vous conseillons le site RentalCars qui compare le prix de centaines d’entreprises de location de voiture pour trouver le meilleur prix. Pour vous donner une idée de tarif, nous avons trouvé une voiture pour 50€ par jour, à l’aéroport de Milan.

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Where to sleep in Bellagio?

Bellagio being a tourist town, you will find a lot of accommodations on site and nearby. There are a lot of hotels, guest houses and apartments.

We have selected for you the establishments offering a good quality/price ratio as well as those which are really worth the detour.

★ Hôtels avec un bon rapport qualité/prix ★

➡️ Notre coup de coeur : Hotel Bellagio, l’une des meilleurs adresses de la ville, un petit hôtel charmant et agréable avec une belle vue sur le lac situé en plein centre ! Petit déjeuner généreux, servit sous une charmante tonnelle avec au loin la vue sur la rive en face avec la Villa Carlotta. Bref un hôtel parfait pour visiter la ville de Bellagio à pied !

➡️ Avec parking : Hotel Fioroni, nous vous proposons également une adresse à 20 minutes à pied de Bellagio, car les hébergements dans le centre de Bellagio sont rapidement complets. L’hôtel propose de belles chambres très propre. Excellent petit déjeuner avec un beau choix sucré et salé. parking gratuit et une belle vue sur le lac.

★Hôtels de luxe ★

L’hôtel Belvedère : un endroit vraiment exceptionnel avec une piscine depuis laquelle vous aurez une vue incroyable sur le lac et l’accueil est vraiment au top.

Le grand hôtel Villa Serbelloni : une adresse très chic, avec piscine intérieur et extérieur ainsi qu’un accès direct au lac pour la baignade avec ponton et plongeoir. 

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Hotel Serbelloni, Booking photo

What to do in Bellagio?

As you can see, the number one activity to do in Bellagio is to stroll through its streets, enjoy the fresh breeze coming from the lake, walk along the esplanade along the water while enjoying an Italian ice cream.

Visit the old town

You can’t miss the old houses and villas of this beautiful village. Whether you arrive by water or by road, the splendid houses will leave their mark on you and make you want to wander through its alleys in search of treasures.

Parco Martiri Della Libertà of Bellagio

The Martiri Della Libertà park is very well known, without a doubt a must-see place in the city. It is directly at the exit of the city, it is a real lung. It offers one of the best views of the lake and a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Bellagio.

It’s the perfect place to take a break from your day!

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The Church of San Giacomo in Bellagio

The Basilica of St. Jacob of Bellagio in Romanesque style. It was built between the end of the 11th century and the 12th century, although the interior dates from the 18th century. It was declared a national monument in 1904 in order to begin its restoration which lasted until 1990 with the tower.

You can find it in the north of the village, in the heights, following the main streets. You can enjoy its adjoining square to taste an ice cream in the shade (yum yum).

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Walk on the lake shore

Leaving the city to the south, you can walk along Lake Como towards the Botanical Gardens and Villa Melzi. It’s very nice to get out of the crowds and noise to enjoy the sea breeze and fresh air.

We enjoyed taking a break on one of the benches facing the lake while enjoying the sun. It’s always nice to enjoy the moment!

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Gardens of Villa Melzi

Villa Melzi was built at the beginning of the 19th century by the architect Giocondo Albertolli for Francesco Melzi d’Eril as a summer residence. This magnificent house is surrounded by a large English-style garden, with a small chapel, Egyptian statues and a bust of Napoleon Bonaparte.

You can find all the information about Villa Melzi directly on their website.

When to visit Bellagio?

The city of Bellagio is a beautiful city, you will not get tired of it. You can enjoy it at any time of the year. But, if you don’t want to have too many tourists, you can go during the months of April, May and June.

It is a time when the weather is nice and warm enough to enjoy the lake, its beautiful beaches and the surrounding towns.

Bellagio Tourist Office

The Bellagio tourist office is located at 2 Via del Baccio. You can contact them by phone or by email. You can contact them by phone at 031 96715. The Bellagio Tourist Office website is

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As you can see, we loved the old world charm of Bellagio. Even if the city is small, it is a pleasant place to spend a few days on the shores of Lake Como.

Ideas for activities at Lake Como!

To fully explore the lake, you will find below the 3 activities, the most interesting in our opinion!

Let’s set off for a tour of the lake and its most beautiful towns from Milan, an unforgettable day aboard a sailboat to enjoy incredible views, or an exploration of the city of Como on an electric bike for the more sporty!

Don’t forget to read the description carefully to know what is really included in order to fully enjoy your excursion.

Rent a boat on Lake Como

Explore Lake Lake Como by boat is a must-do activity during your stay!

We wish you an excellent trip! Feel free to drop us a note below to let us know if you’re planning this trip, ask any questions you may have here or on Instagram, we’ll get back to you with great pleasure.

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We are Floriane and Matthieu, a French couple with a passion for travel. After working for a few years in our beautiful capital, we decided to leave everything behind to travel around the world. of 2016-2017. Today, travel is still a part of our lives. Here we share all our traveltips and useful information. Find out more about us.
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