Italy is a fabulous country, one I love dearly.
After months of planning, we embarked on a two week trip of a lifetime. We flew into Milan Bergamo airport, hired a car and drove straight to Lake Como.
We stayed in Malgrate which is on the south east corner of Lake Como. The town is a lot smaller than others around the lake but this reflects in the price. If you have a car however this town is a perfect location as it’s easy to access all the other towns around the local area.
The view from our hotel was unreal, over the lake, we overlooked the town of Lecco.
About 45 minutes from our hotel is Bellagio. We stopped off just prior to reaching Bellagio for breakfast at Ne Ne deli. With local foods this place is a fab little spot in a very quaint area.
From there, we tried to find a parking spot in Bellagio itself which proved incredibly difficult. Whether this was because we went on a sunny Sunday morning or whether this was standard for everyday I’m not sure. By chance we eventually found a spot to dump the car.
If you are wanting to visit Bellagio and if you have an option to take public transport I would definitely recommend taking the public transport option purely from a parking perspective .
First visit in Bellagio was the Giardini Di Villa Melzi. For a small entrance fee you gain access to the beautiful gardens and views. Inside the gardens is a large mansion, outbuildings and a japanese garden with caves.
This place is so peaceful and relaxing it was a very nice morning spent.
After wandering through the gardens we continued into Bellagio town itself.
The town is made up of a maze of streets on the side of the hill. Although the town is very touristy it maintains its Italian essence well.
There are many boat trips offered from various jetties at the lake front to view the lake and other towns if you were to spend longer here than one day.
In the evening we headed back towards the hotel to the neighbouring town of Lecco. A very unsuspecting pizzeria located in a hillside suburb called Pizzeria Da Rida was choice for dinner. If I hadn’t researched then I would never have found this place and if it wasn’t for the outstanding reviews, I definitely wouldn’t be eating here based on the outside of this restaurant. But the pizza here was superb. Fantastic quality, and an incredibly cheap price. Perfect!
When we got back to our hotel, we admired the view which was as magical at night as in the morning.
The following morning we headed off into the hills to a wine hotel.