Blogs from Bellagio, Lombardy, Italy, Europe


Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Bellagio June 23rd 2017

We wake late to the sound of birds outside. What a great sleep. We’re not in a hurry but we need to be on our way early because today is going to be hot again. We have seen programmes on TV pointing out that this period of hot dry weather is starting to have an effect on pastures. The Po River and its associated irrigation systems are becoming affected by lack of water. Arable land is drying up, crops are suffering, Now we realize why many of the rivers we crossed earlier were dry. Italy has been quite dry since the beginning of April. Chores are done so we head off for our drive down the hill and on to Varenna to catch the ferry to Bellagio, a town on the point of land that separates ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Bellagio October 26th 2016

Eine Sache zu Beginn: Heute scheint es in Mittelitalien ein Erdbeben gegeben zu haben. Davon habe ich aber nichts gemerkt. Ich bin heute nämlich zum Lago di Como gefahren. Auch dies ein Ziel, welches vom Reiseführer sehr empfohlen wurde. Eigentlich wäre ich heute fast wieder zu faul gewesen, knapp 200 Km einfach mit dem Auto zu fahren. Das beinhaltet natürlich einen gewissen Stress und da ich keinen Firmenwagen mehr habe auch Kosten. So habe ich an fast jedem Tag bisher bis zu 20 Euro Maut bezahlen müssen. Dagegen sind die 8-9 Euro für 10 Tage Österreich fast Kleingeld. Ich habe ja diesen Urlaub nicht als Rundreise angelegt, was auch möglich gewesen wäre, sondern ich habe eine feste Basis am Gardasee und fahre von hier jeden Tag die Ziele an. Nachdem ich also vom Hotel weggefahren bin, ... read more
Lago di Como.
I Giardini di Villa Melzi D' Eril.
Pause in Bellagio.

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Bellagio October 2nd 2015

Geo: 45.9877, 9.26198Left the Gasthaus in Munchen bright and bushy tailed just after eight. The wonderful innkeepers presented Bird with two quite cute and large cookies from Oktoberfest (the innkeeper went the night before, and sheepishly admitted he enjoyed himself). She plans on making the trip back to the U.S. with them for M1 and M2 (we'll see if they last). After trading cars we traveled through Garmisch to Austria and finally Italy to Lake Como. The trip was to last six hours and ended up a bit over seven, mostly due to the navigator (Bird). There were also a couple of stops for pictures.Some of the topography and roads in Austria and Switzerland are amazing. After driving it our memory returned of seeing it before, but nonetheless remains amazing. Tunnels back to back with each ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Bellagio June 4th 2015

Geo: 45.9877, 9.26198Bellagio was so beautiful that we had to come back.Caught the train from Milan to Varenno-Esino, and a ferry to Bellagio. A light lunch in town, then a shuttle bus to the hotel.Checked in and had a short rest, then back down to town for a ride on the tourist bus.Wandered around a few shops, then back to the hotel for a shower before dinner. Wine tasting in the courtyard, followed by buffet dinner = awesome!... read more
Big beer!
New friends :-)
Night time over Lake Como

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Bellagio October 2nd 2014

Geo: 45.9877, 9.26198 Today we purchased another mid lake ferry pass but headed in a different direction. We got off at the Villa Carlotta stop and spent an hour or so looking at this lovely villa with spectacular gardens and views. We then walked towards Tremezzo, a very short walk of around 10 minutes. Again G saw an amazing old tower high above the town so naturally he wanted to go up to it! Another very steep climb but thankfully much easier and less frightening than the one in Varenna. More beautiful views from the top and we discovered that there was actually a road to come back down on.We were hot and tired by then so popped into a little restaurant and hotel name Al Veluu. The owner came and chatted and served us a ... read more
Gardens with a View at Villa Carlotta
Floating Pool at Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Lunch at the Beach Cafe

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Bellagio October 1st 2014

Geo: 45.9877, 9.26198After breakfast today we walked to the ferry pier and purchased a mid lake ferry pass for the day and hopped on the ferry to Varenna. Again it was a beautiful day and far warmer than what we had predicted. Varenna looked gorgeous as we approached from the water. Our first task after getting off the ferry was to find the way to hike up to Castello di Vezio to see the castle and view. We asked directions at a local shop and set off on our walk. Wow, what a walk it was! I was actually quite scared at some points as the path, or track would be a better word, was only around 30cm (1 foot) wide in parts, rocky and stony and incredibly steep with no handrail whatsoever. I pretty much ... read more
Varenna from the Ferry
Castella di Vezio, Varenna
View from Castella di Vezio

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Bellagio September 30th 2014

Geo: 45.9877, 9.26198 We woke bright and early due to jet lag and had a coffee on the terrace looking at the spectacular view. This was followed by a wonderful breakfast at the hotel breakfast buffet and the weather was nice enough to eat out on the terrace. Our first task of the day was to find the police station to report G's phone as lost so that we could claim on our travel insurance once we get back home. It turns out that the police were based on the other side of the town of Bellagio so we set out on a 2km walk to find them. It was a great way to see parts of the town that we probably would not have seen if not for this errand. The police were quite funny. ... read more
Lake view from high up in Bellagio
Villa Carlotta from our lake cruise
Grand Hotel Tremezzo from our Lake Cruise

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Bellagio September 29th 2014

Geo: 45.9877, 9.26198After a wonderful business class flight, via Dubai, we finally landed in Milan, Italy just after 2.00pm.After collecting our luggage, we found our chauffeur driver waiting and set off for the hour long ride to Bellagio on Lake Como.The drive from the airport to Como town was dull and uninteresting. From Como town however, it became spectacular. A single road runs along the lake with stunning scenery. So glad we were here late in the season, I dread to think how long the drive would have taken with traffic. The only road is a single lane each way, sometimes reducing to simply a single lane so one car needs to pull over. So glad I had a view to keep me occupied. We finally arrived at our hotel in Bellagio - wow, what a ... read more
Our Terrace at Hotel Metropole
Sunset over Lake Como from our Terrace
Sea Bass in a Potato Crust

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Bellagio May 19th 2014

Geo: 45.9877, 9.26198GÜN 19 GÜNLERDEN PAZARTESİ: Yemekten sonra, iskeleye dönüp Bellagio vapur biletimizi aldık .Menaggio iskelesinden karşı kıyıya veya Bellagio'ya ulaşmak mümkün..Bellagio, adına, Las Vegas'ta çakma otelleri yapılan bir yer ..Konum itibariyle, yürüyen adam şeklindeki Como gölünde , adamın bacakları arasında en fazla korunmaya mazhar yerinde,tam testislerine denk düşüyor .. George Clooney gibi züğürtlerin yerleştiği bir yer .. Şaka bir Yana Bellagio ,gerçekten Como gölünde yüzük taşı gibi bir yer .. Bizde ismi malüm kişinin dediği gibi "kupon" bir yer ..Vapurumuz, önce kartpostal kadar g&u... read more
Bellaggio selfisi

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Bellagio June 10th 2013

Geo: 45.9877, 9.26198Up early, and off to the train station. Train to Milan, then on to Como. Took the fast ferry to Bellagio and had lunch, before grabbing a taxi ride to our hotel, the Perno Panorama. What an awesome place, and the view from our room Is incredible.Drinks and snacks on the terrace, in the sun.Relaxing on the bed and catching up on the blogging.Dinner outside watching the sunset, perfect ! ... read more
View of Lake Como from the speed ferry
View from our room at Bellagio
From the balcony...

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