Situated on the Lake Como, Bellagio is a commune in the Province of Como in Lombardy, Italy. The population of this small city is around 3000.
About 26 sq.km in area, this ‘pearl of lake como’ was well known from the Roman era, with human presence dating back to the Palaeolithic age. After Lombard occupied North of Italy, Bellagio was fortified and was settled by King Liutprand in 774. It was already a free commune by 1100. During the 13th century it was involved in a number of wars and was mingled into Duchy of Milan. Trade and transport flourished in this area in the 16th century.
When Carlo Sfondrati died in 1788, Bellagio fell into the hands of the Serbelloni family. It also attained military importance during the Napoleonic age. In 1838, it received numerous honours from Emperor Ferdinand I and later, tourism was gradually developed. It has now become the most important source of revenue for the city. Bellagio, and its enchanting beauty inspired the Hotel Bellagio in Las Vegas. The city embodies the best of tourism in Italy and packs quite a punch to visitors.
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