Have you stayed or visited the famously posh Bellagio hotel in Vegas? When we were younger we previously walked through the Bellagio hotel while we were staying in a cheaper hotel on Las Vegas Boulevard. While the Bellagio is Italian themed, we didn’t pay attention to where Bellagio actually was in Italy. Particularly in the US- Venice, Rome, Florence, Naples, Milan, Tuscany and Sicily are all more famous Italian towns and regions compared to Bellagio. So on our final trip as residents of Europe, when we were scouring cheap Ryanair tickets from Dublin to Italy and realized we could fly to the medieval town of Bergamo very cheaply and be central to Milan and the Italian Alps, we jumped at booking the tickets. As we began researching more, we read about famously beautiful Lake Como and discovered where the real Bellagio is located!
During our week long trip in the Lombardy province of Italy, we spent 2 nights in Bergamo, 2 nights in Milan and 2 nights in Lecco. In Lecco we had a beautiful room with a balcony overlooking Lake Como and the Italian Alps, for half the price we would have paid for the equivalent in Bellagio. The beauty of Lake Como lies mostly in the awe inspiring natural beauty of the snow capped mountains that mingle with many picturesque Italian villages on the lake. So it doesn’t matter which lakeside town you stay in, especially since the towns are well connected by trains and ferries.
Bellagio is a lovely town, but the downside is that it’s very touristy and there’s no shortage of Americans (though some might find this comforting). When walking the narrow streets of Bellagio expect that for every Italian conversation you hear, you’ll experience an equal amount of American ones. So if you want to avoid is, definitely do not stay in Bellagio, especially since it’s expensive. But Bellagio is absolutely worth swinging by for at least a few hours, as we did, as it’s very well connected and extremely pretty.
Lake Como is one of the most stunning areas we’ve ever visited and we highly recommend it if you haven’t been. If you access Lake Como via Bergamo airport, we also highly vouch for that town. Bergamo’s old town is fantastic and we enjoyed the best overall food of our trip there as it’s not touristy enough to warrant many touristy restaurants serving overpriced and mediocre food. In Bergamo you can eat wonderful meals in the beautiful piazzas and have vistas overlooking the town and surrounding mountains for good prices!