Le Chic En Rose

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Following our stroll and shopping expedition in Bellagio (see here) we wandered down to the lake in search of lunch. The water front is as pretty as you’d expect, lined with trees and floral displays. There are so many cafes and restaurants with attractive terraces taking advantage of the stunning views.


Lake Como At Bellagio


We were waiting for the ferry to take us further north up the lake so didn’t want to venture too far from the ferry point. Hence we settled ourselves down on the terrace of Hotel du Lac right on the front. Fish was the order of the day and I had the fresh catch of the day whilst Monsieur tucked into a large bowl of mussels. It was simply cooked nothing too fancy but was delicious.


Bellagio has that dreamy timeless feel about it and really little appeared to have changed since our previous visit 7 years ago. On that occasion we ate a little further along the lake front and indulged our love of gelati and aperitivos!



The lakeside promenade beyond the cafe strip is so pretty and a good way to walk off any lunchtime excesses! We didn’t have time to walk that way on our recent visit so the photos are taken from our previous trip. At one point we came across a poignant memorial to a couple of sailors who had helped rescue people drowning in the lake (I can’t remember the exact details but it was beautifully cared for and drew our attention).



A little further along the path, you come to the entrance to Villa Melzi, another of Lake Como’s treasures. We didn’t get the chance to go round on either of our trips but if you happen to be in the area from March to October it looks well worth a visit (see here).

The old paddle steamer, the Milano, duly arrived to take us further up the lake to the Abbazia di Piona near Colico at the rugged northern end of Lago Como. However next week we’ll explore the southern end near Como City and take a short funicular trip up to a pretty village with an amazing view.



The Milano Ferry Approaching Bellagio Quay

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14 thoughts on “Bellagio – Down By The Lake

  1. Those blue skies are just the icing on the cake in beautiful Bellagio Rosemary – looks like you picked the perfect day to visit. Drooling over your lunch as well, it looks and sounds delicious, Italians can cook food so simply yet perfectly!

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    1. Thanks Joy – we were so lucky with the weather for both our visits to Bellagio as especially on the 2nd trip we had some rainy days. It’s gorgeous in any weather though! Yes the lunch was so delicious and it really wasn’t that complicated but as you say the Italians just do simple cooking to perfection! A beautiful spot for a lazy lunch! 🙂

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  2. Another lovely promenade. Thanks for the virtual tours. (Suzanne)

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    1. Thanks Suzanne – glad you enjoyed the promenade it’s a lovely walk along the lake! 🙂


  3. KerryCan says:

    This looks perfect–what a life you have! You’re very fortunate!

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    1. Thanks Kerry it was certainly a lovely trip! We loved Lake Como so much the first time round we really wanted to go back for a slightly longer trip, which we managed to do in April. If only we had a lakeside villa ourselves….!


  4. RuthsArc says:

    It does look dreamy and timeless. Thanks for the stroll.

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    1. Thanks Ruth – it’ is a lovely place and the pace of life is gentle and relaxed 🙂

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  5. restlessjo says:

    Looks blissful, Rosemay, and pretty much as I remember it from who knows how many years ago? About 18 I think! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Jo so much visiting and sorry for late reply – a full on day yesterday babysitting! Yes I think Bellagio is one of those timeless places – dreamy and relaxing. Nothing much appeared to have changed between our visits, which is lovely 🙂


      1. restlessjo says:

        No worries, hon. I haven’t made a full return to blogging. Just here and there. You realise what’s important when these things happen. Cliche but true. I value very much the support I’ve met from dear friends in our little world. Hugs, darlin! Have a relaxing weekend. 🙂

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        1. Absolutely Jo and glad you are finding support at such a difficult time both in the everyday world and the blogging one. It must be an emotional roller coaster at present and will be for some time to come. Just blog if and when you feel like it – we’ll still be here whenever you do and in the meantime take care and look yourself X 🙂

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  6. How amazing is Lake Como! I stayed there for 3 nights and could have stayed forever! So great reliving it all through your blog post. Thanks for sharing – your photos are beautiful 🙂 X

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    1. Thanks so much Annabelle! We stayed 3 nights on our first visit and felt it was nowhere near long enough! Lucky enough to go back a 2nd time last year and spent 6 nights there – still could easily have stayed longer! Love the area and the lovely slower pace of life 🙂


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