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Shopping Bellagio on Lake Como, Italy: What Souvenirs to Bring Home

Shopping Bellagio on Lake Como, Italy: What Souvenirs to Bring Home

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I had this romanticized idea of the Italian Lake district for years– narrow stone lanes framed by blooming flowers, grand terraces along the water, and of course, the home of George Clooney. With expectations sky high, I wouldn’t have been surprised if the reality was a let-down. But after an all-too-brief visit, I can happily confirm that Lake Como is all that. Even in the drizzly rain, I couldn’t stop snapping photos. Every adorable bar beckoned me to stop for a glass of wine. The shops were mostly independently run, filled with cute things and fairly priced.

My Lake Como experience was limited– as I was day tripping from Milan, I only had time to see one village, and I couldn’t help but choose storybook Bellagio.

Bellagio is small enough that you can easily wander all its lanes on a day trip, making plenty of stops for shopping, cocktails and gelato. Since my visit was so brief, and most of my time was spent meandering its streets, I can’t write a comprehensive post on all the shops and souvenirs on offer– but I can offer you a glimpse of what’s out there.

My Photo Tour: Shopping Bellagio on Lake Como


The ferry ride to Bellagio isn’t just transportation– it’s a great way to enjoy the views of the tiny villages along the lake.

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We headed up the stone stairwell right off the ferry and walked past this adorable spot, Ristoro Forma & Gusto. I just had to stop.

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Can’t go wrong with bruschetta and a crisp local white.


A typical picture perfect alleyway in Bellagio, lined with shops, restaurants and bars.

Arte e Moda

Arte e Moda’s window display caught my eye– it was filled with unique, gorgeous designs imprinted on silk and leather items. I popped in and learned the shop is entirely the creation of master artisan Pierangelo Masciardi (he is often in the shop, I was able to meet him when I was there).  While Masciardi is best known for his silk ties (worn by both celebrities and certain US presidents), he also creates plenty of female-friendly items like pouchettes, caftans and scarves. I spent a lot of time in this shop debating what to buy (so many options!) and ended up with the dragonfly bag below.


Local Bellagio Cheese

Like most regions of Italy, the Lake District has its own delicious local cheeses. I found a deli on the main road on the very top of the village that seemed to have a wide selection of regional cheeses.

DSC05130Local cheeses that aren’t widely exported make great souvenirs.

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Every stone pathway presented yet another photo opp.

Local Silk from the Italian Lake District

The Lake District (in particular Lake Como) is well-known for its silk production. A souvenir made from local silk (scarves, dresses, ties) is easy to find in the local Bellagio shops. Prices range from ridiculously affordable to stratospheric, depending on quality and design.

Pasticceria Bar Dal 1919

A pasticceria is an Italian pastry shop, serving pastries along with coffee and other beverages.


This pasticceria is over a hundred years old.

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I loved these vintage look Lake Como and Bellagio candy tins

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The charming owner proudly shared a photo of his grandfather with me.



I’m not sure if all the leather I saw was locally made, but when I spot checked it seemed like most is from Italy, with a range of styles and prices.


Other Independent Shops in Bellagio

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Just one example of local paintings. I loved the easily packable and affordable handpainted bookmarks– a great souvenir.


I’m a sucker for anything vintage or even vintage inspired– loved these t-shirts.


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In case you wondered if Bellagio has any good gelato.

Have you been to the Italian Lake district? Share your favorite spots!

Disclosure: I visited Milan as part of the Blogville program sponsored by Lombardy tourism.

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Rosemary V Turner

Saturday 18th of September 2021

Please send more pictures of Bellagio, Italy!!! We had wonderful trips there and other parts of Italy!!! I can not get enough!!!

Kristin Francis

Sunday 3rd of July 2022

It's amazing how truly storybook and photogenic every corner and alley is there!

Rosemary V. Turner

Tuesday 5th of January 2021

My husband and I have been to Bellagio several times and have enjoyed our visits very much. We bought several water color prints and had them framed. I really love Bellagio and hope to return soon!!!

Kristin Francis

Thursday 15th of April 2021

Hi Rosemary, thanks for sharing your lovely memory! I wish I had longer there, we were there on a rushed press trip running around the region. Such a beautiful place :)

Monday 6th of August 2018

Kristin please can you remember the name of the watercolour shop as like you I bought a bookmark (well 2 back to back) and have lost them and wish to replace. Hoping in advance Iain

Kristin Francis

Thursday 25th of October 2018

Hi there! I looked at my photos and didn't see the outside of the shop, sorry I can't help!


Wednesday 11th of July 2018

Hi Kristin, Would you mind telling me the price range of the beautiful silk bags you saw at Arte E Moda, including the one with the dragonfly? thanks Daphne

Kristin Francis

Thursday 25th of October 2018

Hi Daphne, I try not to list prices as they change and I don't want anyone to complain of inaccuracy :) I can't quite recall what the silk bags were going for-- they were definitely cheaper than the leather ones (my small bag I think was just under 300 US, no idea what the exchange rate was then).


Sunday 11th of February 2018

Request to Silk Scarf Retailers Como Lake - A dear friend brought ,a beautiful silk scarf as a gift from Como lake -Unfortunately I lost the scarf while traveling in windy conditions and only realized it was gone when it was to late to find. I have a picture that my friend took in the shop with the scarf in the sales assistants hand.... I am trying to locate the shop that are selling these scarves as I desperately need to replace this precious gift...Hope to find the shop and order this special light blue with white dots size +-45 cm" ... Please reply if you want the picture. Sandra / South Africa

Kristin Francis

Monday 26th of February 2018

There are sooo many shops selling silk scarves in Como with so many patterns that probably change, it might be tricky to replace! But I totally understand I also become very attached to my souvenirs.