I found the best way to explore Bellagio was to wander up and down the small stairways and alleys. Every single narrow street was fun and full of character.
All roads in Bellagio lead up and at the top is the town’s landmark the Romanesque basilica of San Giacomo (St James). When I arrived at the church I was welcomed with ringing bells and
the Piazza Della Chiesa was filled with people at an outdoor art market. There were vendors selling their handcrafted works of art and the square was busy with all kinds of free games for families to play. It was fun watching children competing against their parents.
Every stairway was filled with charming shops and cafe. I did buy a scarf or two (actually four) at the shop Azalea and they are gorgeous. Did I mention that Lake Como is known for silk? Fun Fact: In 1400 Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan planted mulberry trees around Lake Como, they attracted silkworms. That was the beginning of Lake Como’s silk industry. In 1869 a “5-star” school for silk craftsmen was established and over time the silk production of Lake Como exceeded that of China and Japan.
I soon discovered Bellagio, wasn’t a place that required a list of ‘things to do’. There’s nothing you have to ‘do’ in Bellagio, and that’s the charm of this village.
It’s a photographer’s dream and just pure fun to wander around and take in the beauty of this charming village. I found these adorable girls enjoying their gelatos.