• Rowing: The Unione Sportiva Bellagina is a world-famous boating club located in Bellagio’s San Giovanni district. Even if you don’t row, you can visit the club and arrange to watch some of Italy’s best rowers make their way up and down Lake Como.
  • Swimming: The water is warm enough for swimming throughout the months of April to October, but it is especially nice in the hottest months of summer. Expect to encounter many Italian families out on the lake, or picnicking along the shore.
  • Hiking: There are a few walking paths in Bellagio itself, but for the best ones, you’ll want to take the ferry to Menaggio. Here you can climb up towards the hills and mountains that divide Italy from Switzerland, as well as get some fresh air and see the lake from above.
  • Boating: From Bellagio you can hire a passenger boat for the day, navigated by an experienced tour guide who will take you on a relaxing jaunt up and down the forks of the majestic Lake Como. Even if you hope to eventually reach some destination or other, you’ll usually find yourself just wanting to linger out on the water.
  • Sightseeing: Sprawling Italian villas, the centuries-old playgrounds for monarchs and aristocrats, overlook Lake Como in the most picturesque spots. You can see them from the lake itself, or you can get off the boat and arrange to take a tour of the gorgeous exterior gardens (the villa interiors, for the most part, are closed to tourists.)