Things to see and do in Bellagio: villas, museums and places of worshipApril 12, 2013
Few places are more romantic than Como Lake and most beautiful than Bellagio, the town also known as the "Pearl of the Lake". The city offers its visitors ancient and picturesque houses, built between mysterious alleys and characteristic stairways, plus several paths to discover the historical and natural beauties of the town. Visit Bellagio is absolutely one of the things to do if you spend a period of residence on Como Lake.
Among the places to absolutely visit in Bellagio, stands the Museum of Navigation Tools, a duly set up old house, where you can admire more than two hundred precious objects that have allowed humans to orient themselves and navigate at sea in past centuries.
You must visit the beautiful places of worship of Bellagio made in the Romanesque style, such as the Basilica of St. James, built between 1075 and 1125, or the Church of St. George, where you can admire the statue of the "Madonna of the Girdle" that is carried in a traditional procession in September.
For lovers of Baroque style, instead, there is the Church of St. John the Baptist, a building with a single nave with a wooden altar of the seventeenth century. Inside, you will find the "Madonna delle Grazie", a fresco of the Lombard school, and the statue of "Immaculate" of Bernini school in Carrara marble.
You cannot say that you saw Bellagio without visiting at least one of its beautiful villas. The choice can only fall back on Villa Melzi d'Eril, with its strict neoclassical lines and surrounded by a beautiful park, which is the first example of English garden on Como Lake, or on Villa Serbelloni, building that has hosted an amazing number of important people over the years, from Leonardo da Vinci to Bianca Maria Sforza, to the President of the United States John F. Kennedy.
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