Holidays in Bellagio

An impossibly picturesque old town with hideaway wine bars and hilly hikes – it’s easy to see why Bellagio is called the Pearl of Lake Como

With its spot on a panoramic peninsula hugged by the two arms of Lake Como, Bellagio is one of the prettiest towns on Lake Como – and everyone knows it. Celtics, Romans, Greeks, Lombards and Saxons have all wrestled over its enviable position. Even Virgil waxed lyrical about Bellagio back in the day, along with a host of Romantic artists who made the villas and gardens here their summer retreats. Walking holidays in Bellagio follow in the footsteps of the Romantics, taking the time to soak up sublime views, stories and scenic paths both in town and the surrounding villages.

From popular palazzos to Borgo’s backstreets

Bellagio sits on the Lario peninsula, balancing churches, eateries, shops and winding cobbled streets between the water’s edge and the hills behind. Boats arrive at Piazza Mazzini, spilling day-trippers into the waterfront square and streets. When it gets busy, dive into the old town of Borgo, following the backstreets to San Giacomo’s petite piazza. The parks and gardens are also breath of fresh air. Villa Melzi lays out avenues of trees and rhododendron displays in its waterfront gardens, while Villa Serbelloni’s park – owned by the Rockefeller Foundation – paints a swathe of the peninsula with forest paths.

Walking at great heights and views of Lake Como

Even a stroll in Bellagio usually involves some climbing, with staircases – or “salite” – leading past houses with balconies overflowing with flowers and ivy. Plenty of nature trails wind their way through the Lario Peninsula, threading together pine forests, meadows and farmhouses. If you fancy a bike ride with a spectacular lake view, pedal up (and up) to the sanctuary and museum dedicated to Madonna del Ghisallo, the patron saint of cyclists… who, of course, are blessed with free entry.  

Dining off the beaten track

It’s very tempting to follow the crowds to the waterfront restaurants in Bellagio. However, the best food is found in the backstreets, where tiny cantinas and courtyard enotecas serve traditional dishes and excellent house wines. It’s rare to see tóc on the menu these days, but if you do then grab the chance to try this Bellagio special of cheesy polenta – usually shared between families on feast days. Salami, stuffed chicken and lake fish (salted missoltino is the Lake Como favourite) more commonly pop up on menus.

Visit Varenna and other lakeside villages

With the long and winding roads of Lake Como, it’s best to ditch the car and stick to ferries – both an easy and enjoyable way to travel, thanks to Bellagio’s seat in the middle of Lake Como. Visit Varenna, on the eastern shore, to admire the fishing village’s sunset-hued houses and waterside restaurants, gelato shops and market stalls. A hike up to Castello di Vezio offers views across the lake. Alternatively, take the ferry to Como Town, Tremezzo or Menaggio, or putter all the way north to the age-old village of Domaso.

Why book a summer holiday in Bellagio with Inghams?

At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time in your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of Bellagio's best activities at your own pace.

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to Bellagio include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team in resort can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.

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This classic Italian style hotel, located right on the promenade in Bellagio offers authentic Italian food and a relaxing pool to cool off in.

Travel and Transportation

All our holidays include return travel to resort either by flight or train and then the transfer between the airport or railway station and Bellagio. 

We offer departures on a Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with stays for 3, 4, 7, 10, 11 and 14 nights. 


Travel By Air

Flights to Milan are available from Manchester, London Gatwick, Edinburgh and Bristol.  

Transfer times: 

  • Milan airport: approx. 2 hour by coach

Private transfers and self drive options are available.

Travel By Train

We offer holidays by train to Bellagio, which depart on a Wednesday and Friday. The journey takes around 14 hours. 

The provisional outbound timings are: 

Wednesdays & Fridays



London St Pancras



Paris Nord



Change at Paris Lyon


Milano Porta Garibaldi



Como St Giovanni



On arrival, your will transfer to Bellagio by taxi/coach and ferry which will take around 1 hour. 

The provisional inbound timings are:

Wednesdays & Fridays



Como St Giovanni



Milano Porta Garibaldi



 Paris Lyon



Change at Paris Nord


10.07 (following morning)

London St Pancras

11.30 (following morning)


Book your excursions in resort with your Inghams representative

Milan from £70 per person (full day)

An expert guide will show you Milan’s highlights starting with Sforzesco Castle. Once you reach La Scala, Milan’s famous opera house, you’ll continue on foot through the historic centre to see the Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele – the world’s first shopping mall! The afternoon is at leisure exploring Milan at your own pace.

Departs: Tuesday

Lake Maggiore from £75 per person (full day)

Hop on a bus to the second biggest lake in Italy, Lake Maggiore where you'll get to experience a private boat trip which will take you across the lake to the Borromean Islands where you can visit the botanical gardens of Isola Bella and the Borromeo Palace. Next, you'll stop off at the traditional fishing island, Isola dei Pescatori with it's narrow lanes, little boutiques and wonderful fresh fish. You'll finish the day in Stresa where you'll have some free time before returning to Lake Como by bus.

Departs: Fridays. Entrance fee to Isola Bella is payable locally.

Villa Balbianello from £70 per person (half day)

No visit to Lake Como would be complete without seeing its most beautiful villas and spectacular gardens. Built at the end of the 18th century, the villa now belongs to the FIA, Italy’s version of the National Trust. Wander through the villa and admire exquisitely-furnished interiors and a vast art collection. The manicured gardens are a delight to walk through – there’s lots of spots where you can admire the stunning lake views.

Departs: Sunday- discounted tickets for National Trust members are also available. 

Como & Lake Lugano from £66 per person (full day)

You'll start the day by heading to Gandria a little lakeside village on the border of Italy and Switzerland. From here you'll take a 45 minute boat trip over to Lugano where you'll have some time to explore this beautiful town and the markets, shops and architecture it has to offer. Lugano is often called the Rio de Janeiro of Switzerland due to it's friendly and lively atmosphere and is home to the famous Franciscan church of Santa Maria degli Angeli - definitely worth a visit! After lunch you'll transfer to Lake Como where you'll have some more free time to enjoy the fantastic artwork, churches, gardens, parks and palaces. You'll then head back to your hotel by bus at around 5pm.

Departs: Friday. A passport may be required for this excursion as you will be crossing country borders.

Please note that guests staying in Bellagio will need to make their own way to Cadenabbia to begin these excursions and ferry tickets are payable locally. 

We act at all times as a selling agent for our suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book in low season but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. See terms & conditions.

Things to do in Bellagio

A summer holiday in Bellagio lets you discover the charm and glamour of the delightful Villa Melzi and Villa Serbelloni. Regular lake ferries and hydrofoils call here, so it's easy to visit the many other interesting and attractions and villages dotted around Lake Como's scenic shores - for instance, Villa Carlotta, just across the lake in Cadenabbia, gives you a glimpse into an elegant past.

  • Use the ferries to explore the lake
  • 18 hole golf course at Menaggio
  • Hiking around Monte Grona (above Menaggio)
  • Trips to well-known Villas of Balbianello (Lenno), Carlotta (Tremezzo) and Monastero (Varenna)
  • Como Town - 30 minutes away by hydrofoil

In Bellagio, Villas Melzi and Serbelloni can be visited; entrance is around €8.50 (reductions for over 65’s). Even today, these villas retain their glamour.

The Hamlets and Eastern Side of Bellagio | Moderate | Approx 3 hrs

This itinerary will enable you see more of some of Bellagio’s little hamlets scattered on the eastern side of the promontory before climbing the hill about a mile away from ‘Borgo’, the town centre of Bellagio. The walk passes Santa Maria Annunciata in Breno Church and continues to San Vito, the church of San Martino and San Carlo Borromeo, passing some historical and interesting sites on the way.


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Explore two of Italy's most popular lakes on this multi-centre holiday. Starting in Lake Como where you can experience some of the most famously photographed towns in the world and then head to Lake Maggiore to explore the lakeside towns and visit the beautiful Borromean Islands.

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Experience Italy as it's most glam on this multi-centre holiday. Start in the fashion capital of the world where you can shop designer boutiques and visit stunning museums and galleries. After a few days in Milan, chill out on Lake Como where you can take scenic boat trips, explore grand villas and hike mountain trails.

Good to know

Walking Trails: 425km of walking trails around Lake Como

Terrain: Wooded trails, asphalt surfaces, dirt tracks, lakeside paths, ascents and descents

Best time to go: May-June & September-October are cooler for walking, but if you love the heat, head out in high summer and spend your days sipping an Aperol spritz by the lakeside

Best for: All walking abilities, sightseeing, activities

Arrive into: Milan Malpensa (approx. 2 hours) or Como St Giovanni train station (approx. 14 hours from London St. Pancras)

Travel from: London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Manchester, Bristol, Edinburgh and London St Pancras

Transfer Time: approx. 1 hour 30 mins from Milan Airport or approx. 1 hour from Como St Giovanni train station

24/7 Support and advice: In person or over the phone from our local resort team based in Lake Como

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