Getting around Lake Como by ferry was really easy.
After purchasing our tickets in Varenna (costs 9.20 Euros for two people) we were on our way to Bellagio. It is a very short ride to Bellagio, where we were dropped off. The TI (tourist information) office is to the left as you leave the ferry (see picture below). Most passengers stopped off for a walking map of Bellagio before leaving the dock.
Bellagio is a much larger town compared to Varenna. If you do not feel like walking up the many steps, there are plenty of shops and places to eat near the ferry dock but, you’ll miss too much of the town.
We walked to the left from the ferry dock and started our tour. First stop was the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni. The views of the lake were stunning, even with the clouds.
Making our way up the hill from the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni.
We finally arrived at the main road that circles the town.
The sun was trying to come out, which brought more people out.
As you walk this street, you will notice there are multiple stairways to get back to the waterfront. We got our exercise walking up and down the many stairs as there were shops and restaurants along the way.
Our feet were getting tired and we were hungry. We decided to try to order a sandwich at a grocery store, which Rick Steve recommended. It was a very quaint grocery store with plenty of fresh food, but no one understood English and we ended up leaving and going across the street for a pizza (7 Euros). This was the only place during our entire trip we ran into a language problem. We took the pizza and sat on a bench in front of Parrocchia Basillica S. Giacomo to enjoy our food and people-watch. After we finished our pizza we spent some time inside the beautiful church.
After our visit to the church, we purchased gelato before going back to the waterfront.
Taking the steps to the waterfront.
The sun finally came out and it was turning into a pretty day. We went to see if there were any excursions available to spend the afternoon on Lake Como. I had read about Bellagio Water Taxi tours before I had arrived and wanted to see if they were offering outings today.
We had stopped by the booth earlier and no one was around. When we returned, we were in luck, as someone was there taking reservations. They only accept cash (100 Euros for two people) for the tour. We do not carry that kind of money around so she told us where an ATM was located which was close by. After retrieving the money, we went back to pay for the last two spots on their 1:30 tour. The tour included a ride in a custom-made Italian boat, viewing fabulous homes along the lake and visiting Villa del Balbianello, where Casino Royale was filmed.
After booking the excursion, we asked about the best way to return to Como after we were done. She told us to buy the 5:00 p.m. fast boat ferry tickets (£29.60 for 2 tickets) now in case they sell out as Italians were on holiday and it was very busy. We had about 45 minutes before the tour started, so off we went to purchase those tickets and walked around the water front. The sun was out and it was getting hot. It was going to be a nice afternoon on the water.