The next morning we were on the move again, boarding the two hour ferry to Bellagio. As the ferry glided along the placid slate green water, we sailed past Tuscan colored cliffside villages and fellow ferry boats. The scenery of Lake Como is truly stunning! I can see why it fills the travel section of Pinterest. While passing the town of Laglio, we had our eyes peeled for a sighting of George Clooney sunbathing at his lakeside villa but were disappointed to find the shutters all closed and nobody home.
As we settled into a table on the lower deck, the friendly elder Italians at the next table came over with plastic cups of chilled white wine, sharing their picnic of salami and bread with us, along with a slightly confusing conversation in a mix of English, Italian, and polite head nodding about wine and California.
After checking into our hotel room (easily upgraded to a lake view by sticking your torso out the window and slightly craning your head around the corner), we quickly changed into shorts and sandals as the temperature was hovering above 80 degrees and the air was still thick with moisture after the rainfall of the past few days. We spent the better part of the afternoon wandering the hilly streets of Bellagio; charming colorful narrow cobblestoned alleyways brimming with boutique shops, gelaterias, trattorias, and the smell of jasmine. I will forever be transported back in time to summertime Italy whenever I smell jasmine. Do you have certain smells, sights, or experiences that take you down travel memory lane?
The best part about summer days in Bellagio? The daylight lasts well past 9pm so you can linger over a bottle of wine and a good meal late into the evening all while watching the sun dip below the mountains and tint the water a golden pink from your lakefront dining spot. Bellagio is truly beautiful don’t you agree?