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If you are heading to Bellagio, Lake Como, you might be wondering about the best things to do in Bellagio – if so, this post is for you. This post will help you plan your trip. I share some of the best activities as well as important travel tips for your Bellagio itinerary.

Bellagio, a small town on the shores of Lake Como, is probably one of the prettiest places you can visit at and around Lake Como. It is known for its cobblestone lanes with cute restaurants and cafes, a beautiful promenade, and different villas and parks. Whether you do a day trip from Como, Milan, or stay for longer, Bellagio is a must-see in Lombardy.

There is just one big “issue“ with Bellagio – it can be crowded. Very crowded. Because it is anything but a hidden gem, it does get busy. The “Pearl of Lake Como“ is a tourist magnet. There are many reasons for this, which you will find out about in this post. 

Bellagio, lake Como attractions


Here are some quick tips for your Bellagio itinerary.

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How to Get to Bellagio

Lake Como´s arms form an inverted Y, and Bellagio is located halfway between the two southernmost branches of the lake at 229 meters above sea level.

  • Bellagio does not have a train station. So, if you get there by public transportation, you most likely will get to Como first by train and then take a bus or boat to Bellagio.
  • To get from Como to Bellagio, it takes about 1 hour by bus/car.
  • If you take the boat, it will take about 2 hours (there is a fast boat service, too, which takes only about 1 hour).

How to Get Around

  • The best way to get around in Bellagio itself is on foot. The sights are all located within walking distance and you just have to wear comfy shoes to walk those cobblestoned and holey streets.
  • There is a tourist train that will take you to the main attractions as well, if you cannot or do not want to walk all day.
  • If you want to discover the surroundings, I highly suggest getting around by boat/ferry. The ferry station is just at the foot of the old town and there are regular connections to Como, Varenna, and many more places.

Where to Stay in Bellagio

  • Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is the most luxurious hotel you can find in Bellagio. This 5-star property is located at the end of the Bellagio promontory, with views of Lake Como and the Alps just at the shores of Lake Como. Check out prices here.
  • If you are looking for an apartment with a kitchen, then you might want to check out Diamonds Apartments, which is just a few minutes‘ walk away from the Bellagio harbor. You are close to the main attractions and have wonderful views of the lake – perfect for those who want to cook their own meals or stay with a larger group (up to 7 people). Here you can find prices for the hotel. 
  • For a more affordable option, check out Agriturismo La Derta, which is located about 1 km from Villa Melzi Gardens. You can book beds in a dorm and have breakfast included. It is a bit farther from the main sights, but if you are fit, you can still walk to see them. Click here to find out more.

Is Bellagio Worth Visiting? 

Yes, Bellagio is worth visiting! It is actually well worth visiting. The old town and the promenade with its park and gardens make it a great place.

How Long to Stay in Bellagio 

With one day in Bellagio, you can see all the attractions – in half a day you can manage to see the main sights. However, Bellagio makes a good base to visit some of the other stunning areas along the shores of Lake Como. So you stay in Bellagio for a couple of days and see Bellagio itself in a day.

Bellagio, Lake Como and the main things to do


Okay, here are the best attractions in Bellagio.


One of the main attractions in Bellagio is the old, small town with its hilly, narrow cobblestone streets. You will find plenty of cafes and small boutiques that sell local products.

Bellagio staircase

The most popular spot here is probably the street of Giuseppe Garibaldi – this very photogenic street can become crowded. When you look at the view, you‘ll know why.

Basilica of San Giacomo in Bellagio

Church in Bellagio, Italy

Another main sight in the old town is the Basilica of San Giacomo, which is centrally located. There is no entrance fee and since it is quite small, it is just a short stop on your Bellagio itinerary.

  • Since it is a church, dress appropriately.


My favorite place in Bellagio is actually the promenade – it stretches more or less from Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni to Giardini di Villa Melzi. This one-kilometer-long stretch is the perfect place for an easy walk with amazing views, and if you need a rest, you can just sit down on one of the benches along the way. Unlike the promenade in Como, you‘ll find this one beautifully decorated with flower pots.

Bellagio top things to do, Lake Como

Promenade at Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy

Promenade at Bellagio, Lake Como, is a must

Stalls at market day in Bellagio

On market days, you will also find small stalls selling cute and unique stuff, as well as fresh food and essential items.

bellagio promenade in lake como


You will find an abundance of parks and villas at Lake Como. Bellagio won’t disappoint you here because here are some as well – Melzi Garden is a popular botanical garden and park area with a villa as a main attraction.

Villa Melzi in Italy

Botanical garden in Bellagio is a must see

The villa itself, built in a neoclassical style between 1808 and 1810, is not open to the public, but you can walk the long stretch (on different levels) and enjoy splendid views of the lake and the flowers.

Villa Melzi at Lake Como

It is a nice garden, but if you are on a budget, you can skip it and visit the park in Varenna instead.

  • Tickets can be bought on the spot for 8€, with children under the age of 11 free.


A popular place outside the town center is the Punta Spartivento. This famous bridge situated in a park on the Bellagio peninsula is just about a 10-minute walk uphill from the ferry terminal. 

LA PUNTA SPARTIVENTO in Bellagio is a main attraction


The bridge gives you some panoramic views of the lake, but there is also a meadow where you can just chill and rest. You will also find a restaurant there. While I have not dined there myself, it seems to be a popular place that easily fills up during the high season (so a reservation might be good if you want to eat/have a drink there).


The urge to spend some time in the water would be totally understandable – which you can do at the lido in Bellagio. It is located between the harbor and the gardens of Villa Melzi. This private beach club has a sandy beach area with a pool, offering drinks and food during the day and at night.


Do you rather enjoy sitting on a small tourist train while seeing Bellagio? This is the perfect way to get around for those who cannot or do not want to walk to all the sights. Families with children in particular love this cute train.

Bellagio Train for Tourists

The small train takes you to some of the main sights in Bellagio during its 25-minute long ride. The train departs at the square in front of the ferry dock. Tickets are valid for a full day, which allows you to hop on and off at several stations if you want.

  • A ticket for the train ride is just about 5€ for adults, and children under 3 years ride it for free (children 3-12 years old pay 2.5€).


There is the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni and the Villa Serbelloni – both are probably well worth a visit (especially if you can afford to stay overnight in the luxury hotel). But this section is all about the park garden. The park belongs to the Rockefeller Foundation and the villa was built in the 15th century.

These days, it includes a botanical garden that is home to native and exotic species, as well as several statues and terraces. Make sure to book a guided tour prior.

  • From March 12th to November 1st: guided tours every day except Mondays at 11 am and 3:30 pm
  • Closed: from June 19th to June 24th
  • Prices: €10 for adults, €5 for children between 7 and 13 years old, free for children under 7 years old


Madonna del Ghisallo is a hill in Magreglio at 754 meters above sea level (2,474 feet) and about 10km from Bellagio. Cycling fans will enjoy a visit to the Ghisallo Cycling Museum. It is a museum dedicated to the men and women who have biked both in everyday life and in competitive sports.

Madonna del Ghisallo

If you are not into cycling, then you will at least enjoy another great view of Lake Como as the museum in Madonna del Ghisallo is adjacent to the chapel of the La Madonna del Ghisallo – the patron saint of cycling – offering specular views of Lake Como.

  • Opening hours for the museum: First Saturday in March to early November from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.
  • TICKETS: 5€ for adults, 3€ for school children, and children up to 10 years old are FREE.


There is no shortage of nice restaurants with a view in Bellagio. But for a great panorama that comes with local food, I recommend having dinner at Trattoria Baita Belvedere“.

where to eat in lake como Trattoria Baita Belvedere

It is seriously the best place to eat in Bellagio (I’m just guessing since I have not tried all the restaurants there) and the prices are quite affordable (organic and regional food are offered).


Bellagio makes a wonderful place to explore, but it is also great for a couple of day trips. 

Varenna has some fantastic villas (Villa Monastero is especially worth a visit), beaches, a charming promenade, a cute old town with historic buildings, and lovely restaurants.

Highlight in Varenna, Villa Monastero

From Bellagio, it is just a 15-minute ferry ride, so it is a must-see place whenever you are in Bellagio.


Bellagio is probably the prettiest village/town along the shores of Lake Como – the old town, the promenade, and its vibe, Bellagio knows how to impress. So whether you stay in Bellagio for one day or longer, you should make sure to add this place to your Italy bucket list.

Safe Travels, Arzo

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