Not a lot of room for driving a car through the streets
Local wildlife on the streets of Bellagio, Italy
More wildlife on the pier
I’m sure there is plenty to do and see around Lake Como, but at this point in the trip, the kids were most interested in going swimming. So that’s what we did. It turns out that swimming at Lake Como is not all that popular, and with good reason. The Lido, the beach closest to Bellagio was closed for renovation, so we drove to the other public beach near San Giovanni. Beach is a loose term here, because it was really just pebbles and pretty small. But the kids had a good time swimming in the cool water, finding various types of rocks, skipping stones, etc.
Looking for the free beach access
Sign to the free beach
Rocky public beach near San Giovanni in Lake Como, Italy
Maddie's collection of rocks from the beach
On our way back to the apartment after swimming, we took a wrong turn but it turned out to be a good thing because it sent us up some roads high above Bellagio and gave us some spectacular views. Afterward we had a late lunch by the lake, then we went back to our apartment (it was a small studio) and set the kids up with a movie so we could go do laundry. I have to say it is so convenient that Maddie is now old enough to babysit McIntyre. I wasn’t entirely comfortable leaving them in the apartment by themselves in a foreign country, but we were just a couple of blocks away and checked on them several times. Doing laundry was expensive but reasonably simple and we met a nice older couple from Chapel Hill in the laundromat. This also gave us a little time to dosome souvenir shopping.
View from the hills above Bellagio, Italy
After completing the laundry we went for a walk on the promenade at sunset. This has some lovely plants including an unusual type of tree that I really liked (still don’t know what kind it was) and some gorgeous views of Bellagio, Lake Como and the surrounding mountains. It truly is a beautiful area, even if George Clooney forgot to invite us to stay in his villa.
View from pier
Tracy loves this tree, but what is it called?