Bellagio has a real other worldliness about it. The mountains surrouding the lake and the picture perfect villages clinging to it's shore make it unique. It's Italian but a little Swiss too and it's a seductive combination. In spring time, with the azeleas and wisteria in bloom, it is magical. Approaching the village by ferry when the lake is bathed in a gorgeous painterly light, you know you are in for a special experience.
Getting to Casa La Scalinata is pretty easy. Drive left through the centre of the village, past the other passenger ferry terminal and there is parking available facing the lake. You can park here for a short while to off load your luggage and checkin. Take the steps up the steep passage marked Salita Melita - past a cafe and souvenir shop. There are quite a few stairs, as the other reviewers mention, so be prepared. But it's not too arduous and you are met with a network of intriguing lane ways which you will just be itching to explore.
Being regular travellers with two children, we mostly do self-catering accommodation. It gives you options and space. We stayed in the top apartment even though we were offered the bottom apartment first. There are 3 floors and the caretaker lives in the middle (she is the mother of the owner and was as helpful as she could be considering she speaks no English and didn't understand my husband's Spanish). The bottom apartment is dark and parts of it appeared to be below street level. There is access to a terrace but this is surrounded by buildings and a courtyard. No view as such. The 3rd level apartment is what you want. It is light and spacious and has two large windows with partial views of the lake. It has most of the equipment you need and wi-fi in the main bedroom. The TV is not worth having. Only Italian channels - despite instructions to the contrary. There is no washing machine either. This is annoying when you are on a long holiday but quite common in European self catering accommodation we have come to realise. We like to pack light plus dirty clothes are much harder to repack. We used a laundromat further up the hill which did it for us....for a fee.
We didn't have a problem with noise. There is a bit of hubbub from the restaurant below but nothing too bad. Their pizza is pretty good. I must say that the ice cream in Bellagio is the best I've tasted. We couldn't get enough of the stuff. It's packed with real fruit and seems almost healthy. We never had a bad dining experience during our stay . Everywhere we ate was good, bearing in mind that the more you pay the better the food but, having said that, the less expensive cafes did simple pasta dishes well and made good coffee.
Everyone was courteous and welcoming in all the businesses we entered, even if we didn't buy. I'd like to make a special mention of the beautiful jewellers in Bellagio (I think it has a gold crown as it's logo) and the charming couple who own it. Rosamaria Vergottini is the lady's name. She was just so lovely to my family when we were there and I got some gorgeous Venetian glass earrings which are a lovely momento of a wonderful place.
Last but by no means a footnote - go for a walk and please visit the Garden at Villa Melzi. We all fell in love with this piece of heaven on earth.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "La scalinata" has 2 different apartments "Mansarda" on the thord floor and "Sopra i negozi" on the first floor. Both are situated on a characteristic stairway of the charming swinging old town, with its lakefront arcades and the Church square: lots of typical restaurants coffee, pastries, smoothie and ice-cream shops, wine bars, nightclubs, art galleries, souvenir shops, boutiques, and any kind of services. Boat, bus and taxi stops are within walking distance. In summer it is a limited traffic zone (ZTL) with access permitted to the guests prior authorization. Free parking at 300 meters and paying at 100 to 500 meters. Stylish self-catering apartments, open all year long.Custom craftworks furniture and all modern comforts: wooden floor, autonomous heating, air conditioning, wi-fi Internet, sat-TV, safe, refrigerator, oven and dishwasher. Cookware / dishes / utensils, kettle for tea and coffee, coffee maker, hair dryer. Bedding,bath and kitchen towels. Free access to an outdoor swimming pool in a local sports club (with tennis courts and restaurant) at 1 km. Services on request: baby-sitting, laundry, fax, copier and weekly cleaning. The reception is at our staff's care, always available for any need. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Scalinata Bellagio, Italy - Lake Como