Tuesday, May 3, 2011

ITALY - LOMBARDIA: COMO LAKE AND BELLAGIO

After travelling to Rome last year, I have come back to Italy to visit two nice areas of northern Italy: Tuscany and Lombardia. There are really lovely villages in these two provinces of Italy, as well as the beautiful city of Florence.

- Tuscany

- Lombardia

In this post I would like o show you some pictures of the day I spent in Como Lake and Bellagio.


The most beautiful of the Italian lakes have water turquoise and sapphire. Its three arms caress the snowcapped peaks of the Alps. For centuries Como Lake has attracted wealthy visitors, who have filled their shores of beautiful villas and gardens.

Attracted by the fame, I wanted to discover the beauty of this lake and some of their villages, such as Bellagio.

I arrived at Como from Milano by train with Lenord railway company (http://www.trenord.it). I catched de train in Piazza Cadorna station (near the Castello Sforzesco) and got off the train in Como Nord Lago after one-hour journey. This stations is near the point where the boat grabs.

To travel by boat on the lake, which is what we did, you can purchase tickets for each ride or purchase a single ticket for several journeys to various villages. More information in:

Some of the most interesting places you can visit near Como Lake are:
  • El Duomo di Como
  • Funicular de Brunate, Como (fantastic views)
  • Villa Balbianello, Lenno
  • Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio
  • Villa Melzi, Bellagio
  • Villa Carlotta, Tremezzo

Bellagio is a popular and lovely village of Como Lake which has the Villas Serbelloni and Melzi, a Romanesque church, a harbor filled with cafes and a beautiful maze of medieval streets.

Next you can see some pictures I took during the day I spent in Como Lake and Bellagio. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't nice and it was cloudy.


Lago di Como

A mysterious and romantic view of Como Lake surrounded by the Alps

Arriving at Bellagio, a lovely village next to Como Lake

Grand Hotel Tremezzo, located next to Como Lake

Villa Carlotta is one of the most sumptuous villas of the lake with exquisite gardens

View of Como Lake from Bellagio


Bellagio

One of the typical streets in Bergamo, which leads you from the harbour to the romanesque church

A lovely corner in Bellagio I liked a lot

In this pictures the nice fountain of the previous picture appears again

The  harbor of Bellagio is filled with cafes like the ones of the picture and they are a fantastic choice to admire the views of Como Lake

Typical colourful buildings of Bellagio along a steep stone street

From this point in Bellagio I saw the Como Lake behind somo typical colourful buildings


Flowers in the streets like these ones of the picture gives a colourful look to Bellagio


After an intense day in Como Lake and Bellagio, we came back to Milano. The following day we would visit the beautiful village of Bergamo, the last city we visited in our Tuscany and Lombardia trip.


Finally, you can see more pictures of the days I spent in Rome last year clicking on the next links:

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