Bellagio, Province of Como, Lombardy
- Altitude: 229 m a.s.l
- Population: about 3,000 inhabitants
- Zip/postal code: 22021
- Phone Area Code: 031
- Patron Saint: St. Stephen, celebrated on 26th December
- Frazioni & Localities: Aureggio, Borgo, Brogno, Cagnanica, Casate, Cascine Gallasco, Cernobbio, Chevrio, Guello, Guggiate, Loppia, Mulini del Perlo, Nèèr, Oliverio, Pescallo, Prada, Pra' Filippo, Regatola, Rovenza, San Giovanni, San Vito, San Vittore, Scegola, Suira, Taronico, Vergonese, Visgnola
- How to reach it: by road, or also by ferryboat from the other ports around Lake Como.
Provinces of Lombardy
History - Antiquity
History - the Middle Ages
History - Modern Times
Under the Napoleonic domination, Francesco Melzi, Duke of Lodi bought a magnificent villa along the western coast of Bellagio, which became a fashionable meeting place for the Lombard aristocracy, visited also by emperors as Ferdinand I in 1838, minister Metternich, Duke Ranieri of Monaco, who came to Bellagio on the Lario, the first steamship on the lake. Among the most famous guests of Bellagio were Italian writers Silvio Pellico and Ippolito Nievo, and musician Franz Liszt who spent here his honeymoon with M.me de Flavigny. Meanwhile, the ancient palaces were changed into refined hotels and residences for an elite tourism.
What to see
- Villa Serbelloni, occupying a large part of the promontory top, with a wide park and astonishing lake view;
- Neo-classical Villa Melzi, built in Napoleonic times, with a large park on the lake;
- On top of the town, the 12th-century church of San Giacomo, in the Romanesque-Lombard style, with an ancient pulpit, a painting representing the Deposition of Christ of the Perugino school and a tryptich made in 1432.