Wednesday June 15
This morning I took the ferry over to Bellagio. The views of Varenna from the water were wonderful, and as we approached Bellagio, I had a chance to capture some great landscape shots of the colorful town.
Bellagio is beautiful and much more commercialized than Varenna with numerous shops and restaurants at the waterfront and up and down the many narrow stone staircases.
It is very clean, like Varenna, and there is a sense of good taste with all the shops. None are tacky even though this is a tourist town. Some things are quite expensive however, as I walked into a pasticceria and the cookies were £25 per kg.
About ten minutes on foot away from the center, is a small fishing village called Pescallo. I walked down the hundred or so steps on vicolo Strecchetta to reach this place on the other side of Bellagio.
It is very quiet and a nice change of pace from the more crowded parts of Bellagio. I stopped in for a cup of cappuccino where there was free wifi and made a Skype call and a few other things while I had the chance to be connected.
I really liked Bellagio and after making a few small purchases, I had lunch at a lakeside outdoor cafe. I noticed that most of the tourists spoke English, and many of the shopowners were fluent in both Italian and English.
After walking around some more I took the ferry back to Varenna, and the views from the boat were great opportunities for me to take another 20 shots of Varenna.
I lucked out without any rain on the way home, and visited a cemetery on the other side of my hotel. Italian cemeteries are much different than any I have seen in the US, especially since they frequently include a photo of the deceased on the monument.
When I got back to the hotel I sat out on the terrace for hours and did some writing, totally enjoying the quiet and lack of any agenda.