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What to see, do, and eat in Bellagio Lake Como area?

What to see, do, and eat in Bellagio Lake Como area?

Old Mar 11th, 2010, 03:47 PM
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As far as visiting towns, here is how this will end up. Some towns are very easy to get to. They don't need long-term, strategic planning. You walk to the ticket window and maybe look at the very next departing boat. This destination list is - Primary: Varenna and Menaggio - descriptions above. Secondary - Tremezzo, Lenno, distant third for convenience is Bellano.

Visting the other towns along the lake requires some forethought. An hour or two each way by boat.

Como is a town of 80,000 people. Was a roman settlement, has medieval perimeter wall. The moat was filled in with a roadway. Como fought against Milan long ago. Barbarossa is somehow linked to Como. Como also has Villa Olmo. Hopefully you get the idea. In/from Como, there is a set of short-distance boats that visit the five or six towns closest to Como (this is the only boat to get to these towns.)

Lecco, down the Lecco leg of the lake, is a town of 20,000 plus. Looked interesting the twice that we have been there.

Now, you asked specifically 'which town'. #1) One that is convenient. #2) Como - The boat trip is incredible. Take your camera. The hydro-foils make taking good pictures impossible (non opening windows) #3) Some other town.
Lake Como is a place where to some extent, the trip is more important than the destination. All of these twons have thousands of years of history but to their detrement trhey don't really promote thier history.
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Also - Pescallo
Pescallo is a small village on the far side of the Bellagio promontory. Walking-to, seeing and returning is roughly one hour. Ask for directions, the roadway is more hassle than the no cars allowed route.

This is a small village, one hotel and restaurant (?La Pergola?) and several dozen sailboats moored (small sailing marina). Quite photogenic.
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The restaurant is La Pergola,and its in a lovely lakefront setting. Just walk up and over the hill from Bellagio.
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Thanks Big Red and HappyTraveler - just the information I was looking for!
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I have a DVD of our 2009 trip. Its a rough video but I can mail you a copy. E-mail [email protected] if you want a copy.
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