Bellagio is a lovely little romantic waterfront town by the famous Lake Como and its azure blue waters, surrounded by wooded hills and graceful old villas. Whether the Italian master, Alessandro Manzoni’s 19th-century masterpiece, I Promessi Sposi, the 1970s classic Al Pacino-starrer, Bobby Deerfield, the more recent Ocean’s Twelve or the Serbian author Srđjan Valjarević’s novel, Lake Como (set in Bellagio), the region has inspired countless artists down the ages. Soak in its charm as you laze by the lakeside or walk on Loppia Beach. Wander along the winding cobbled streets, climbing up and down old stone stairs and immerse yourself in the old-world ambiance of villas with dark groves and gardens. The Villa Serbelloni Park, an old terraced garden with a view of the lake, is worth a visit, as is the San Giacomo Church, the old town center and the Museum of Navigational Instruments with its bounty of ancient compasses and sundials.