Two days in Bellagio – Lake Como

Bellagio seen from the Lake Como boat hire
16/09/2018

Two days in Bellagio – Lake Como

DAY 1

Walking around the historical centre of Bellagio and visit of the gardens of Villa Melzi

Considering that you only have one day we suggest you to start your visit of Bellagio from the “Borgo”, the town’s historical centre.

Walk down the stairs and from Piazza Mazzini, keep walking through the little archway, pass the car ferry dock until you get to the beautiful promenade by the lake with its magnificent Oleanders that takes you to the English-style gardens at the Villa Melzi.

After the visit of Villa Melzi you can exit in Loppia hamlet, pass the dock area where you can still admire one rare example of Larian (from Lake Como) Gondolas, sailing craft which were used up to the end of the XIX century for carrying goods and animals.

On you left take the flight of stairs that leads to the Vialone (the grassy stretch) where at the end you can see the awesome (private) Villa Giulia.

You can stop and relax in one of the benches you will find on the way to the romantic, characteristic hamlet of Pescallo.

From there in 10 minutes walking you get back again to the centre of Bellagio.

Following Via Garibaldi, the main road with shops, you get into the Church square (Piazza San Giacomo).

Here the most important feature is, of course, St.James’ Basilica, one of the best examples of the Lombard-Romanesque style architecture in this whole region.

If you are interested in art you can enter the main tower in the corner of the square, “Torre delle arti”, a cultural center open to different cultural and artistic experiences where sometimes there are some interesting expositions.

We recommend also to take a walk along the road to the right which leads us to the tip of the promontory called the “Punta Spartivento” which, literally translated, means the point where the wind divides. The views from here are exceptional and undoubtedly the best on Lake Como.

This is the point where the lake splits itself into three branches: to the right, the Lecco branch (south-eastern branch); to the left, the Como branch (south-western branch); and straight ahead of us, to the north, the Colico branch.

 

DAY 2 on the Lake

There is something that makes Lake Como a magic place:
the combination between nature and architecture: Villa Balbianello, Villa Carlotta, Villa Melzi, Villa Monastero, the Castle Of Vezio……

You have different ways to discover the central part of the Lake:
Public boat: buy a daily pass € 15,00 per person
you can get off in Lenno, Tremezzo, Varenna, Menaggio and Bellagio;

Private water taxi: prices approximately from 160,00 Euro for 1 hour tour;

Boat rental: you drive your own boat around Lake Como (without docking)

If you want to visit the most beautiful villages (like Lenno, Tremezzo and Varenna) using the public boat transportation here you can find our suggestions:
Wake up early and have a hearty breakfast!

Get ready and buy a “all day pass” (±15 Euro) at the boat dock.
Jump on the 9:40 boat direction Lenno.
(every Tuesday there is a very nice market in Lenno, on the promenade by the lake)

In Lenno you can visit Villa Balbianello.
There are 2 ways to reach the Villa: walking along the park (20 minutes walking) or if you prefer (and that’s the way we suggest you) you can catch the little boat near the Lido di Lenno.

Enjoy Lake Como

In that way you have the possibility to admire the Villa from the Lake and, trust us, it’s spectacular!

For people who love walking we suggest to enjoy the characteristic Green Way Of Lake Como.

Our suggestion is take a boat to Tremezzo, where you can visit Villa Carlotta.
You can get off at the boat stop Villa Carlotta.

Villa Carlotta Gardens

You will still have enough time to catch a boat to Varenna!

For people who love walking there is the possibility to reach the Castle Of Vezio. 
From here you can walk along the Viandante, an ancient path way, in 1h30 to the town Bellano
We also recommend the walk to the source of “Fiume Latte”, Italy’s shortest river.

If you don’t walk to Vezio, from the boat dock to the right a romantic walk way called “Lover’s Lane” leads to the centre.

The town hosts beautiful villas like Villa Monastero. The villa stands in a magnificent park where citrus, cypresses, pine trees and agaves grow and stretches
over more than a kilometre. Close to Villa Monastero stands the Villa Cipressi built between 1400 and 1800 with a splendid botanical gardens spread out over various levels. 

Places to visit on Lake Como

It’s nice to stop for an aperitif by the lake watching the sunset, from Varenna you can admire the point of Bellagio and right across the lake you can see Tremezzo and Menaggio.

If you decide to stop for dinner there are boats running back to Bellagio until 11pm (depending the period of the year – Always check the last boat coming back).

This is just an easy itinerary that you can enjoy collecting information from the free App: Villas opening time, information on Loppia, Pescallo, the castle of Vezio, boat timetable and more! 🙂

One day in Bellagio

Things to visit in Bellagio Lake Como
16/09/2018

One day in Bellagio

Walking around the historical centre of Bellagio and visit of the gardens of Villa Melzi

Considering that you only have one day we suggest you to start your visit of Bellagio from the “Borgo”, the town’s historical centre.

Walk down the stairs and from Piazza Mazzini, keep walking through the little archway, pass the car ferry dock until you get to the beautiful promenade by the lake with its magnificent Oleanders that takes you to the English-style gardens at the Villa Melzi.

After the visit of Villa Melzi you can exit in Loppia hamlet, pass the dock area where you can still admire one rare example of Larian (from Lake Como) Gondolas, sailing craft which were used up to the end of the XIX century for carrying goods and animals.

On you left take the flight of stairs that leads to the Vialone (the grassy stretch) where at the end you can see the awesome (private) Villa Giulia.

You can stop and relax in one of the benches you will find on the way to the romantic, characteristic hamlet of Pescallo.

From there in 10 minutes walking you get back again to the centre of Bellagio.

Following Via Garibaldi, the main road with shops, you get into the Church square (Piazza San Giacomo).

Here the most important feature is, of course, St.James’ Basilica, one of the best examples of the Lombard-Romanesque style architecture in this whole region.

If you are interested in art you can enter the main tower in the corner of the square, “Torre delle arti”, a cultural center open to different cultural and artistic experiences where sometimes there are some interesting expositions.

We recommend also to take a walk along the road to the right which leads us to the tip of the promontory called the “Punta Spartivento” which, literally translated, means the point where the wind divides. The views from here are exceptional and undoubtedly the best on Lake Como.

This is the point where the lake splits itself into three branches: to the right, the Lecco branch (south-eastern branch); to the left, the Como branch (south-western branch); and straight ahead of us, to the north, the Colico branch.

This is just an easy itinerary that you can enjoy collecting information from the free App: Villa Melzi opening time, information on Loppia, Pescallo, the shops in Via Garibaldi and all you need to know about the churches you will while walking around.

Enjoy your time in Bellagio 🙂

 

Things to visit in Bellagio Lake Como

Blog – Bellagio Agency App

Lake Como Bellagio
14/08/2018

Blog – Bellagio Agency App

ENGLISH (italiano in fondo)
Bellagio is a renowned (probably the most renowned) Italian tourist resort on Lake Como that has counted about 250,000 overnight stays in 2017 with a sharp growth in tourist demand in recent years. Being a small country and not having a capacity to accommodate the demand that the tourist market offers in the entire area, many tourists stay in its surroundings not giving up to reach it for one or more daily visits. This last detail is not insignificant considering that, in 2017, about 3,270,000 tourists were registered who spent at least one night in the Como area. These numbers are also growing in recent years and it is interesting to note that about 80% of these presences refer to foreign users coming from all over the world but especially from the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada and then also from New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Japan, China, Europe, Russia, etc.

Lake Como is an area of ​​fabulous Northern Italy, which is unique for its extraordinary landscapes that literally leave people breathless to admire them not only for the first time. This factor, however, makes the logistics of most of the area (including Bellagio) sometimes problematic, leaving literally “to chance” problems concerning the reaching of places and services: find for example a transport, have a free wi-fi connection and running, get services at night, etc …

The aim of our project is to solve this great problem for tourists who frequent Lake Como and, at the same time, to help operating activities on site to generate greater profits by exploiting the most modern systems made available by technology. We are aware of the fact that today, being in step with the times, is essential for anyone’s business and, living on site, we have found that on Lake Como, and in particular in most small towns including Bellagio, technology he just popped: the business is still focused on word of mouth, on the “call” of the friend or the hotel concierge, on the passage. This is clearly a flaw in a global system now optimized for technology and it is unthinkable “to keep watching with your hands” not becoming aware that the world changes very quickly.

The goal of our project is to make sure that anyone who decides to visit the area, has “ALL” the information and the necessary means to better enjoy their experience in Bellagio. Solving this problem, the tourist will have easy access to any type of information, tourist or not, about the whole area: general info, monuments, museums, parking, experiences, how to move, where to eat and drink, sports, wellness, events, rentals, etc … etc … all concentrated in an APP installed in their smartphone. Nonetheless, merchants and service providers in the area would benefit from it, managing to reach their potential customers, even if they did not physically pass in front of their shops. It is undoubted that these subjects probably already have a website, but the search that tourists should make to find them, would not be targeted and would take a long time, making it likely to lose interest.

Bellagio Agency App, taking up the idea of ​​other similar successful products in other areas of the entire globe, is the most innovative solution to this problem. Unique, light, nice, catchy, elegant and above all … complete! Also useful for those who live on site all year round, including a database of information ranging from public services to private ones.

Bellagio Agency App is first of all information but above all it wants to be INTERACTIVITY. It holds a special place for an industry in a place that deserves an urgent modernization in order not to risk losing its world-wide tourist appeal due to a simple negligence on the part of those who still remain passive by the giant steps made daily by the technology.

 

 

ITALIANO
Bellagio è una rinomata (probabilmente la più rinomata) località turistica italiana sul Lago di Como che ha contato circa 250.000 pernottamenti nel 2017 con una domanda turistica in netta crescita negli ultimi anni. Essendo un piccolo paese e non avendo una capacità ospitativa all’altezza della richiesta che il mercato turistico offre nell’intera area, molti turisti pernottano nei suoi dintorni non rinunciando a raggiungerla per una o più visite giornaliere. Questo ultimo dettaglio non è da poco conto visto che, nel 2017, sono state registrate circa 3.270.000 presenze di turisti che hanno trascorso almeno una notte nel comasco. Anche questi numeri sono in netta crescita negli ultimi anni ed è interessante notare che, circa l’80% di queste presenze, si riferiscono ad un’utenza straniera proveniente da ogni parte del mondo ma sopratutto da Stati Uniti, Australia, Regno Unito, Canada e poi anche da Nuova Zelanda, Emirati Arabi, Giappone, Cina, Europa, Russia, ecc.

Il Lago di Como è un’area del Nord Italia favolosa, che si rende unica per i suoi straordinari paesaggi che puntualmente lasciano letteralmente senza fiato chi li ammira non solo per la prima volta. Questo fattore però rende a volte problematica la logistica della maggior parte dell’area (tra cui Bellagio), lasciando letteralmente “al caso” problematiche riguardanti il raggiungimento di luoghi e di servizi: trovare per esempio un trasporto, avere una connessione wi-fi libera e funzionante, ottenere servizi di notte, ecc…

Lo scopo del nostro progetto è quello di risolvere questo grande problema ai turisti che frequentano il Lago di Como ed, allo stesso tempo, aiutare le attività operative sul luogo a generare degli utili maggiori sfruttando i più moderni sistemi messi a disposizione dalla tecnologia. Siamo consapevoli del fatto che oggi, essere al passo con i tempi, è fondamentale per il business di chiunque e, vivendo sul posto, abbiamo appurato che sul Lago di Como, ed in particolare modo nella maggior parte dei piccoli paesi (compreso Bellagio), la tecnologia ha fatto appena capolino: il business è ancora incentrato sul passaparola, sulla “chiamata” dell’amico o del concierge d’albergo, sul passaggio. Questa è chiaramente una falla in un sistema globale ormai ottimizzato per la tecnologia ed è impensabile “restare a guardare con le mani in mano” non rendendosi consapevoli che il mondo cambia molto velocemente.

L’obiettivo del nostro progetto è quello di fare in modo che chiunque decida di visitare l’area, abbia a disposizione “TUTTE” le informazioni ed i mezzi necessari per poter vivere al meglio la propria esperienza a Bellagio. Risolvendo questo problema, il turista avrà facile accesso ad ogni tipo di informazione, turistica e non, riguardo l’intera area: info generali, monumenti, musei, parcheggi, esperienze, come muoversi, dove mangiare e bere, sport, benessere, eventi, noleggi, ecc… ecc… il tutto concentrato in un’APP installata nel loro smartphone. Non di meno, i commercianti e fornitori di servizi dell’area ne trarrebbero un grosso giovamento, riuscendo a raggiungere i loro potenziali clienti, anche se questi non dovessero passare fisicamente davanti ai loro esercizi commerciali. E’ indubbio che probabilmente questi soggetti abbiano già un sito internet ma, la ricerca che i turisti dovrebbero effettuare per trovarli, non sarebbe mirata e richiederebbe molto tempo, facendogli perdere così probabilmente l’interesse.

Bellagio Agency App, riprendendo l’idea di altri prodotti simili già di successo in altre aree dell’intero globo, si pone come la soluzione più innovativa a questo problema. Unica, leggera, simpatica, accattivante, elegante e sopratutto… completa! Utile anche per chi vive sul luogo tutto l’anno, comprendendo una banca dati di informazioni che spaziano dai servizi pubblici a quelli privati.

Bellagio Agency App è prima di tutto informazione ma vuole sopratutto essere INTERATTIVITA’. Pretende un posto di riguardo per un settore in un luogo che merita una modernizzazione urgente al fine di non rischiare di perdere il suo appeal turistico di livello mondiale per colpa di una semplice negligenza da parte di chi resta ancora passivo ai passi da gigante fatti giornalmente dalla tecnologia.

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