Five Day-Trips near Bellagio

>Five Day-Trips near Bellagio

We think there is nothing nicer than whiling away the hours at the Palazzo – either lounging on the Sun Terrace as the boats cruise by, relaxing with a cocktail or a meal in the Cortile as the sun sets across the lake or sleeping late under the ornate ceiling frescoes of our La Vista Junior Suite. Of course, it would be rare enough for someone to travel to the Palazzo del Vice Re and not want to explore the beautiful surroundings just a little bit…

Whether you are looking for a chic city getaway or an art-filled excursion, a culinary tasting or a scenic countryside trip, we have put together a nice selection of daytrips from the Palazzo to suit everyone’s bucket list!

Bernina Express

Switzerland’s most scenic railway through the Alps, the Bernina Express, offers a fun daytrip for fans of dramatic landscapes and amazing engineering. Visitors should note in advance that this is a long day trip, although we promise you the scenery makes it totally worth it! The earlier you start from Lezzeno, the more time you have at leisure to explore St. Moritz. We recommend leaving around 7, giving you plenty of time to make the 10 o’clock train departing from Tirano on the Italian-Swiss border. If you have time, Tirano is also worth a quick browse with its imposing 16th-century Santuario della Madonna di Tirano. We can arrange for a driver to take you to Tirano or provide straightforward directions and information on where to park your rental car.

The train has beautiful panoramic windows and comfortable seats, with a bit more space in the First Class car. Reservations are required for passengers in the summer (and probably a good idea no matter when you travel!). After setting off from Tirano station at 1400 feet above sea level, the first highlight is the circular viaduct at Brusio, a real feat of engineering, and the lovely Lago di Poschiavo. From here you climb slowly but surely to over 7,000 feet above sea level at Ospizio Bernina. On your way down to St. Moritz, enjoy views of the White Lake (frozen all year round!), the Bernina Massif and the Morteratsch Glacier.

You arrive in St. Moritz at around 12:30 and have about four hours until your return train departs. Spend the day exploring the chic boutiques, the fondue restaurants and maybe the Segantini museum with the artist’s amazing mountain scenes. You could also rent bikes and cruise around the lakes or take the cable car up to the top of one of the local mountains for even more panoramas. The return train has you back in Tirano around 7, with the 2½ hour drive to Lezzeno still before you! It’s a long day, but it’s an unforgettable one!

Bernina Express

A day of Shopping in Milan

Milan is known as the world’s fashion capital; its celebrated sartorial scene has a dizzying array of big-named brands and fashion-forward boutiques that are perfect for a chic daytrip. You can avail of our expert drivers, catch the train from Como station or drive to one of the big parking garages on the periphery of town and walk or taxi into town (don’t drive in the city if you don’t have to!). We can arrange for a personal shopper to help you find the shops to suit your style. It’s great to have someone by your side who knows the brands, boutiques and best buys in Milan, whether it’s the flagship retailers on Corso Buenos Aires, the boutiques and vintage shops of the Brera district or high-fashion brands in the Quadrilatero della Moda. We also have a range of Altagamma Italian Experiences that offer behind-the-scenes tours of the flagship stores of iconic Italian brands like Versace, Zegna, Vhernier or Rene Caovilla.

If you prefer to explore alone, let the Palazzo staff give you some tips on where to find the best fashion, food and culture – like the Brera district with off-the-beaten-track boutiques, bars and botanical gardens or the renowned 10 Corso Como with fashion-forward brands and a cute café. No trip to Milan would be complete with climbing to the top of the Duomo for the bird’s eye view or a traditional aperitivo – that treasured Milan tradition between the hours of 6 and 9, where the bars offer a smorgasbord of complimentary finger food to accompany your Spritz Aperol cocktail.

A day of Shopping in Milan

A day of art and culture in Bergamo

Spend the day in one of Northern Italy’s hidden gems, exploring Bergamo’s historic highlights and sampling the best of Bergamo’s delicacies. We can arrange for a driver to take you or you can drive your own car for the approximately two-hour journey, which is almost as picturesque as the destination! Enjoy the lake views as you drive along the Lecco branch and the verdant plains of Lombardy between the lake and Bergamo, with the towering Bergamasque Alps providing a scenic backdrop. Your first glimpse of Bergamo is the more modern Città Bassa, or lower town, before winding your way up to the Città Alta, or upper town. This cluster of attractive medieval and Renaissance buildings are crowded on a quaint hilltop, criss-crossed with meandering cobbled lanes.

Bergamo owes most of its artistic and architectural beauty to the Venetians who ruled here from the 15th to the late 18th century. Architectural highlights include the lively Piazza Vecchia with the Torre Civica, the Biblioteca and the attractive 12th century Palazzo della Ragione – keep your eye out for a statue of the lion of Venice. The Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica is a beautiful building with a rigorous Romanesque exterior and an ornate baroque interior, while the Colleoni Chapel is an authentic Italian Renaissance masterpiece. Opera fans will want to visit the Donizetti Museum for insight into the maestro’s life and works and art connoisseurs will love the Accademia Carrara museum, which has once again opened its impressive collections of Renaissance art to the public after an 8-year, multimillion-dollar renovation. When hunger strikes, make sure and sample local delicacies like polenta taragna, a cornmeal and buckwheat treat, or stuffed pasta called casoncelli before indulging in a creamy gelato!

A day of art and culture in Bergamo

Say Aaaaaaah at San Pellegrino Terme

Everybody recognizes the iconic green bottles with a red star, which feature on stylish dining tables across the world. San Pellegrino mineral water hails from the small town north of Bergamo with the same name where a natural source burbles with this mineral-rich water. Let the Palazzo staff arrange for a driver to take you to San Pellegrino Terme or drive there in your own car in about two hours.

The village straddles the Brembo River and is home to art deco gems on both banks that were built in the town’s heyday in the early 1900s, when people came from around Europe to “take the waters”. The Casino opened in 1907 and dominates the town with its two prominent towers and ornate iron and stone decorations. Today, the Casino is used as an event space for weddings and conferences. The Grand Hotel is a seven-story colossus with a beautiful Art Nouveau design that was way ahead of its time when it opened in 1905, offering aristocratic guests and industrial magnates elevators as well as electric light, telephones and drinking water in all 300 rooms. It is currently under construction and due to reopen in 2019.

After extensive renovations, the Terme baths themselves, which originally opened in 1901, are just as glorious as they were in their prime. Have the Palazzo staff call ahead and reserve a package with indulgent treatments for your spa visit. Guests can also enjoy healthy meals in the restaurant and over 30 “spa practices” from sensorial tubs to Kneipp paths, saunas to steam baths and outdoor hot tubs to deck chairs overlooking the Bergamasco Alps. You’ll be so relaxed and refreshed, you’ll hardly notice the return trip!

Say Aaaaaaah at San Pellegrino Terme

The Food and Wine of the Valtellina

One of the thrills of traveling in Italy is the chance to taste traditional food and wine right where it is produced and meet some of the people carrying on the centuries-old enogastronomic traditions of their forefathers. The Palazzo team would be delighted to arrange for an expert guide and driver to accompany you on this culinary adventure, or strike out on your own equipped with our best insider insight on what to do and where to go. A drive of about one hour and a half takes you first across the lake to Varenna with the ferry, then along Lake Como’s northern branch and along the Adda river into the Valtellina region.

This area has been renowned for its wine production for more than 2,000 years – in his Codex Atlanticus in the late 1400s, Leonardo da Vinci wrote admiringly of Valtellina’s “tall and fearsome mountains” where they drank “heady and strong wine”. Things have not changed much here over the centuries – it is still one of Italy’s most dramatic wine landscapes, where tending vines on the steep terraced hills is a back-breaking, manually-intensive process. Visit wineries like the La Gatta estate housed in a 16th-century Dominican convent or Nino Negri, one of the first estates in the area to produce the traditional Sfurzat wines. Sfurzat is the local dialect for sforzato, or forced. Chiavennasca grapes (the local name for Nebbiola!) are picked extra ripe and then forced, i.e. withered and dried, before vinification – this intensifies the flavor and raises the alcohol content. Unlike Passito dessert wines, which undergo a similar process, Sfurzat della Valtellina is an intense – but also very dry – red wine.

Besides its prolific wine production, the Valtellina is known for its excellent cheese. Valtellina Casera is one of the best and has an interesting history that dates back to the heady days of the 16th century, when dairy farmers started to work together as cooperatives, transporting their milk to a central processing plant and sharing the profits among the farmers. The name “casera” comes from the word for the stone caves where the cheese was aged. It is served as Sciatt (fried cheese balls) or with Pizzoccherri (buckwheat pasta served with cabbage, potato and cheese).

The Food and Wine of the Valtellina

We think there is nothing nicer than whiling away the hours at the Palazzo – either lounging on the Sun Terrace as the boats cruise by, relaxing with a cocktail or a meal in the Cortile as the sun sets across the lake or sleeping late under the ornate ceiling frescoes of our La Vista Junior Suite. Of course, it would be rare enough for someone to travel to the Palazzo del Vice Re and not want to explore the beautiful surroundings just a little bit…

Whether you are looking for a chic city getaway or an art-filled excursion, a culinary tasting or a scenic countryside trip, we have put together a nice selection of daytrips from the Palazzo to suit everyone’s bucket list!

Bernina Express

Switzerland’s most scenic railway through the Alps, the Bernina Express, offers a fun daytrip for fans of dramatic landscapes and amazing engineering. Visitors should note in advance that this is a long day trip, although we promise you the scenery makes it totally worth it! The earlier you start from Lezzeno, the more time you have at leisure to explore St. Moritz. We recommend leaving around 7, giving you plenty of time to make the 10 o’clock train departing from Tirano on the Italian-Swiss border. If you have time, Tirano is also worth a quick browse with its imposing 16th-century Santuario della Madonna di Tirano. We can arrange for a driver to take you to Tirano or provide straightforward directions and information on where to park your rental car.

The train has beautiful panoramic windows and comfortable seats, with a bit more space in the First Class car. Reservations are required for passengers in the summer (and probably a good idea no matter when you travel!). After setting off from Tirano station at 1400 feet above sea level, the first highlight is the circular viaduct at Brusio, a real feat of engineering, and the lovely Lago di Poschiavo. From here you climb slowly but surely to over 7,000 feet above sea level at Ospizio Bernina. On your way down to St. Moritz, enjoy views of the White Lake (frozen all year round!), the Bernina Massif and the Morteratsch Glacier.

You arrive in St. Moritz at around 12:30 and have about four hours until your return train departs. Spend the day exploring the chic boutiques, the fondue restaurants and maybe the Segantini museum with the artist’s amazing mountain scenes. You could also rent bikes and cruise around the lakes or take the cable car up to the top of one of the local mountains for even more panoramas. The return train has you back in Tirano around 7, with the 2½ hour drive to Lezzeno still before you! It’s a long day, but it’s an unforgettable one!

A day of Shopping in Milan

Milan is known as the world’s fashion capital; its celebrated sartorial scene has a dizzying array of big-named brands and fashion-forward boutiques that are perfect for a chic daytrip. You can avail of our expert drivers, catch the train from Como station or drive to one of the big parking garages on the periphery of town and walk or taxi into town (don’t drive in the city if you don’t have to!). We can arrange for a personal shopper to help you find the shops to suit your style. It’s great to have someone by your side who knows the brands, boutiques and best buys in Milan, whether it’s the flagship retailers on Corso Buenos Aires, the boutiques and vintage shops of the Brera district or high-fashion brands in the Quadrilatero della Moda. We also have a range of Altagamma Italian Experiences that offer behind-the-scenes tours of the flagship stores of iconic Italian brands like Versace, Zegna, Vhernier or Rene Caovilla.

If you prefer to explore alone, let the Palazzo staff give you some tips on where to find the best fashion, food and culture – like the Brera district with off-the-beaten-track boutiques, bars and botanical gardens or the renowned 10 Corso Como with fashion-forward brands and a cute café. No trip to Milan would be complete with climbing to the top of the Duomo for the bird’s eye view or a traditional aperitivo – that treasured Milan tradition between the hours of 6 and 9, where the bars offer a smorgasbord of complimentary finger food to accompany your Spritz Aperol cocktail.

A day of art and culture in Bergamo

Spend the day in one of Northern Italy’s hidden gems, exploring Bergamo’s historic highlights and sampling the best of Bergamo’s delicacies. We can arrange for a driver to take you or you can drive your own car for the approximately two-hour journey, which is almost as picturesque as the destination! Enjoy the lake views as you drive along the Lecco branch and the verdant plains of Lombardy between the lake and Bergamo, with the towering Bergamasque Alps providing a scenic backdrop. Your first glimpse of Bergamo is the more modern Città Bassa, or lower town, before winding your way up to the Città Alta, or upper town. This cluster of attractive medieval and Renaissance buildings are crowded on a quaint hilltop, criss-crossed with meandering cobbled lanes.

Bergamo owes most of its artistic and architectural beauty to the Venetians who ruled here from the 15th to the late 18th century. Architectural highlights include the lively Piazza Vecchia with the Torre Civica, the Biblioteca and the attractive 12th century Palazzo della Ragione – keep your eye out for a statue of the lion of Venice. The Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica is a beautiful building with a rigorous Romanesque exterior and an ornate baroque interior, while the Colleoni Chapel is an authentic Italian Renaissance masterpiece. Opera fans will want to visit the Donizetti Museum for insight into the maestro’s life and works and art connoisseurs will love the Accademia Carrara museum, which has once again opened its impressive collections of Renaissance art to the public after an 8-year, multimillion-dollar renovation. When hunger strikes, make sure and sample local delicacies like polenta taragna, a cornmeal and buckwheat treat, or stuffed pasta called casoncelli before indulging in a creamy gelato!

Say Aaaaaaah at San Pellegrino Terme

Everybody recognizes the iconic green bottles with a red star, which feature on stylish dining tables across the world. San Pellegrino mineral water hails from the small town north of Bergamo with the same name where a natural source burbles with this mineral-rich water. Let the Palazzo staff arrange for a driver to take you to San Pellegrino Terme or drive there in your own car in about two hours.

The village straddles the Brembo River and is home to art deco gems on both banks that were built in the town’s heyday in the early 1900s, when people came from around Europe to “take the waters”. The Casino opened in 1907 and dominates the town with its two prominent towers and ornate iron and stone decorations. Today, the Casino is used as an event space for weddings and conferences. The Grand Hotel is a seven-story colossus with a beautiful Art Nouveau design that was way ahead of its time when it opened in 1905, offering aristocratic guests and industrial magnates elevators as well as electric light, telephones and drinking water in all 300 rooms. It is currently under construction and due to reopen in 2019.

After extensive renovations, the Terme baths themselves, which originally opened in 1901, are just as glorious as they were in their prime. Have the Palazzo staff call ahead and reserve a package with indulgent treatments for your spa visit. Guests can also enjoy healthy meals in the restaurant and over 30 “spa practices” from sensorial tubs to Kneipp paths, saunas to steam baths and outdoor hot tubs to deck chairs overlooking the Bergamasco Alps. You’ll be so relaxed and refreshed, you’ll hardly notice the return trip!

The Food and Wine of the Valtellina

One of the thrills of traveling in Italy is the chance to taste traditional food and wine right where it is produced and meet some of the people carrying on the centuries-old enogastronomic traditions of their forefathers. The Palazzo team would be delighted to arrange for an expert guide and driver to accompany you on this culinary adventure, or strike out on your own equipped with our best insider insight on what to do and where to go. A drive of about one hour and a half takes you first across the lake to Varenna with the ferry, then along Lake Como’s northern branch and along the Adda river into the Valtellina region.

This area has been renowned for its wine production for more than 2,000 years – in his Codex Atlanticus in the late 1400s, Leonardo da Vinci wrote admiringly of Valtellina’s “tall and fearsome mountains” where they drank “heady and strong wine”. Things have not changed much here over the centuries – it is still one of Italy’s most dramatic wine landscapes, where tending vines on the steep terraced hills is a back-breaking, manually-intensive process. Visit wineries like the La Gatta estate housed in a 16th-century Dominican convent or Nino Negri, one of the first estates in the area to produce the traditional Sfurzat wines. Sfurzat is the local dialect for sforzato, or forced. Chiavennasca grapes (the local name for Nebbiola!) are picked extra ripe and then forced, i.e. withered and dried, before vinification – this intensifies the flavor and raises the alcohol content. Unlike Passito dessert wines, which undergo a similar process, Sfurzat della Valtellina is an intense – but also very dry – red wine.

Besides its prolific wine production, the Valtellina is known for its excellent cheese. Valtellina Casera is one of the best and has an interesting history that dates back to the heady days of the 16th century, when dairy farmers started to work together as cooperatives, transporting their milk to a central processing plant and sharing the profits among the farmers. The name “casera” comes from the word for the stone caves where the cheese was aged. It is served as Sciatt (fried cheese balls) or with Pizzoccherri (buckwheat pasta served with cabbage, potato and cheese).

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