The Art of Travel in Italy
Italy, with its rich culture, its enviable way of life and its world-changing history, has fascinated world travelers for millennia. Dreams of strolling through the rolling hills, admiring the antiquities and indulging in the Epicurean delights of the Bel Paese are almost universal, as is our sincere hope – truth be told – that we might return home a bit more “Italian” than when we came.
HISTORY at a
In 1999, Andrea Grisdale founded Italian Connection Bellagio, using her experience in the travel industry to create tailor-made Italian experiences for discerning clients. Now, after more than fifteen years in the business, IC Bellagio has become Italy’s premiere destination management company, winning award after award from such prestigious organizations as Conde Nast, Wendy Perrin and Travel + Leisure.
Why CHOOSE IC Bellagio?
At IC Bellagio, “It’s all about the people!” We know that success comes from cultivating relationships, whether it is our close-knit team of specialists, our partnerships with suppliers across Italy or our commitment to each traveler’s individual needs. Our relationship with the community is equally important: in addition to supporting non-profits, we are committed to investing in the future of travel through the IC Bellagio Academy and internship programs.
No one knows Italy like we do…
At IC Bellagio, we live, breathe and sleep Italy. Whether our travelers are first-time visitors or been-there-done-that veterans, we provide unparalleled access to the people, places and things that make this destination come alive. From our offices in Bellagio, we send our team up and down the ‘boot’ every year, sourcing and test-driving properties, experiences and suppliers to make sure they live up to the hype.
Live the Dream in our Exclusive Lake Como Villas
The beguiling landscape of the Lake Como, sculpted by the glaciers of yesteryear, has been the playground of pleasure-seekers from near and far for centuries. Our handpicked selection of central lake villas gives guests a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make this unique landscape their home, if for only a brief spell, and our white-glove service guarantees comfort, convenience and care for the duration of your visit.
Villa dei Sogni, Bellagio
Sleeps up to 8 • 2 double and 2 twin rooms • Hilltop setting • Panoramic views • Outdoor pool Furnished terrace and gazebo • Games room, gym and sauna • Private wine cellar
Lake Como – that shock of blue piercing the lush green pre-alpine hills of Northern Italy – is a dream landscape like no other. And our luxury four-bedroom Villa dei Sogni was custom designed to make all your Lake Como dreams come true.
Villa Bellavista, Civenna
Sleeps up to 6 • 2 doubles and 1 twin room • Hilltop setting Panoramic views • Infinity pool • Furnished terrace • Landscaped park • Outdoor dining area
From its lofty perch on the Triangolo Lariano, Villa Bellavista gives guests a bird’s eye view of this unparalleled landscape. And although you may fancy yourself worlds away from civilization, charming Civenna is right outside the gates and the area’s best-loved sights within easy reach.
Villa Bianca, Vassena
Sleeps up to 14 • 3 twin and 4 double rooms • Lakefront setting • Outdoor pool • Furnished terraces High-speed internet • Billiards and pingpong table • Public dock nearby
Villa Bianca is an elegant lakeside villa that spoils guests for choice with its Lake Como charms – lounge by the panoramic pool, dine al fresco on the vine-covered terrace, challenge the kids to a game of ping-pong or sit in quiet contemplation on an antique stone bench.
Villa Sissi, Bellagio
Sleeps up to 10 • 3 king and 2 twin rooms • Hilltop setting • Panoramic views Outdoor pool • Jacuzzi • Furnished terrace • Satellite TV • High-speed Internet
Let your gaze soar over the lovely Lario landscape from this swish, stone-clad lair at the tip of the Bellagio Peninsula. No detail has been spared or creature comfort overlooked in the design of spectacular Villa Sissi, from the panoramic pool and Jacuzzi to the state-of-the-art kitchen and family-friendly layout.
Villa Chicca, Lezzeno
Sleeps up to 8 • 2 queens, 1 twin, 1 queen sofa bed rooms • Lakefront setting • Furnished terrace Pebble beach • Landscaped garden • Village within walking distance • Complimentary kayaks and bicycles
Villa Chicca sits right at the water’s edge, oozing quintessential Lake Como charm with its bright yellow façade and stone balustrade topped with friendly flower pots.
Villa Il Gelso, Lezzeno
Sleeps up to 8 (+1) • 2 king and 2 twin rooms • Lakefront setting • Furnished terrace Outdoor pool • Pebble beach • Outdoor dining area
Villa Il Gelso offers guests the best of both worlds: a classic early 20th century palace with a recent sleek, state-of-the-art upgrade, a serene village setting with all the must-see sights close by and family-friendly spaces to congregate with plenty of quiet corners to contemplate. Stay in Villa Il Gelso and find out what it’s like to have Lake Como literally at your feet.
Villa del Sole, Bellagio
Sleeps up to 7 • 2 doubles and 1 twin bedroom • Hilltop setting Panoramic views • Outdoor pool • Furnished terrace • Gym
Villa Del Sole is that rare gem that combines convenience with quietude. Its privileged location on a hilltop at the tip of the Bellagio peninsula affords guests a serene retreat away from the town’s hustle and bustle, yet puts all of its elegant shops, bars and gelato stalls within easy reach.