|We had nothing planned for today, so we just wandered around the stairs and streets of Bellagio, avoiding some overpriced tourist gear but also the overpriced jewellery and clothes stores. Bellagio seems to have a lot of designer/couture (think Armani) stores in it, outnumbered only by its restaurants. Daryl thinks that if you tripped and fell over here, you'd probably land in a restaurant – they're everywhere and they all smell divine!
We walked along the waterfront of lovely Lake Como to discover just how pristine the lake really is – you can see right down to the river stones on the bottom, perhaps 5 metres, as clear as if it were a window. There seemed to be plenty of fish in it, as well as ducks and swans enjoying a dip. Our destination was the gardens of Villa Melzi – now earmarked as an Itlaian National Monument.
Villa Melzi was named for its original owner, Francesco Melzi, who was the Duke of Lodi, Vice President of the Italian Republic under Napoleon and Grand Chancellor of the Italian Republic... Not a bad resume I suppose. The villa and its gardens were built around 1808 and exhibit plant species from all over the world. We were also lucky enough to have a squirrel scamper across in front of us – quite a cute little thing.
Lake Como is in the shape of a Y, with Bellagio at the fork of the two reaches. We wandered around the north side of the town – right on the fork, to discover two Brits swimming in the water, which we estimate to have been around 10 degrees! We know this, because we dipped our toes in earlier while we sat and ate gelati and that was as far as we went! Only Brits could think water that cold was perfect for swimming - right Daniel?! We congratulated them on their bravery and discussed that we Aussies prefer our water a good 15 degrees warmer!
We had dinner at a nice restaurant, where I had some seriously good risotto & veal osso bucco.
Still no sign of George Clooney.... Alas, looks like I'll have to stay with Daryl for a bit longer!