Bellagio is a strikingly beautiful town on Lake Como, but very expensive to stay as it’s very touristy. On our final trip as residents of Europe, we scoured 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. Here is how we planned our trip to experience Bellagio, Italy cheaper.
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 gorgeous town, but jam packed with American tourists (though some might find this comforting). When walking the narrow streets of Bellagio expect that for every Italian conversation, you’ll hear an equal number of American ones. So if you want to avoid this, 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.
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 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!