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.
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.
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