Probably the most well known town on the Lake and with a unique position on the promontory, it is very quaint with cobbled streets up the hills and some great shops. There are plenty of clothes shops, jewellery shops and items made from Murano glass. Although - goods sold here are nto cheap. You even notice that drinks are a bit more expensive here than elsewhere around the lake.
There are plenty of restuarnats and cafes overlooking the lake and there are hotels such as Hotel du Lac and the Hotel Serbelloni (which is more expensive).
A 5 minutes walk from the centre is Villa Melzi (dating from the start of the 19th century) which has spacious beautiful gardens. It costs 6Euros entry. The house is not open but the setting is beautifully landscaped and gives great views across to the other side of the lake.
Villa Serbelloni was built at the start of the seventeenth century and is is set in 50 acres. there are limited tours available - check with the tourist office.
There is a car ferry about every half hour to cadenabbia on the other side of the lake. It takes about 10minutes and costs 7 Euros for a return ticket. Bellagio also has boat connections to Varenna and Mennaggio (pick up a timetbale from the ferry ports when you are there).
There is a tourist train which takes you round the suburbs and gives you a view from the other side of the headland and goes as far as San Giovanni. It costs 4 Euros for a round-trip and is a good way to get an over-view.
There is a lido on the end of the headland.
Definitely worth a visit, but I preferred to stay on the west coast of the lake.
Further Ratings (Average 4.1 of 5):
- Booking.com: 8.40 of 10
- Hotels.com: 8.20 of 10
- Tripadvisor: 4.00 of 5