We spent our w.e. with some friends in their home in Bellagio, a small village on the Lake of Como, famous worldwide for the fantastic panorama, the excellent weather and the top level hotels and restaurants.
Bellaggio is a tourist destination from more than 5 century, when the richest families of Milan built enormous villas on that small corner of the Lake.
Then Bellagio became an important step of the Grand Tour in Europe, and still today the city centre is full of foreigners from all the world, from the backpackers to the tycoons and is full of people of Milan that spent here the w.e.
Bellagio is 60 km north of Milan, at less than 60 minutes by car or 1 hour and 30' by train and ferry via Como.
One of the most beautiful way to go there is on the road of the Passo del Ghisallo, a small pass on the mounts between the 2 arms of the lake (Como and Lecco).
From the top of the Ghisallo there is a wonderful view over Bellagio and on the Lecco arm. Also the way along the lake is fantastic, from both the side, via Como or Via Lecco.
Saturday and yesterday there was a wonderful weather, with all the pubs and restaurants full of people on the open air tables. Sun, good temperature and low humidity.
For the ones that are thinking to buy a small house there, you must know before that the price is around 7-8.000 euros for square meters for a small house in a condos without lake-view.
For the ones with a lake-view it go over the 9.000, 10.000 euros.
For the villas with park we talk about 12-15.000 euros sq/m.
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nwoehnl (122) 2007-02-19 4:10
Ciao Paolo. A nice and vividly colorful impression from your weekend by the lake. I like the framing with some shoreline details at the right, and the red/white pole at the left. The flying birds bring a vivid and dynamic aspect. I would perhaps crop a little at the bottom to remove the half-a-bird there. Have a nice day.
etlerl (601) 2007-02-19 4:12
Winderful landscape and beautiful colours. Thank you for the note as well. The seagulls make the picture lively.
bostankorkulugu (41930) 2007-02-19 4:17
buon giorno paolo... a good view to start a week... full of life... the colours are beautiful also... ciao...
besnard (52189) 2007-02-19 4:18
Joli cliché de ces mouettes qui font des tâches blanches au-dessus de l'immensité bleue. Une belle luminosité met en valeur les belles couleurs des maisons. Celà doit être agréable de faire un petit tour sur les berges.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
ben4321 (9875) 2007-02-19 4:20
I like how the warm colour of the sunlit buildings on the waterfront contrasts with the cold blue that dominates elsewhere in the image, and the wheeling seagulls really seem to "lift" it somehow.
Good one Paolo.
barrufeto_77 (28876) 2007-02-19 4:25
The seagulls are impressive. The best in the picture from my POV.
Excellent depth too.
anesugur (18789) 2007-02-19 4:31
Very beautiful view.
Good composition with superb colors and atmosphere.
Very well seen and done. Uğur
papagolf21 (83432) 2007-02-19 4:54
Bonjour, mon ami Paolo,
Ce ballet de mouettes sur fond merveilleux de montagnes embrumées, ces immeubles aux façades gorgées de soleil, cette lumière latérale, ces couleurs subtiles font de cette composition un véritable régal pour les yeux.
Budapestman (82620) 2007-02-19 5:20
Beautiful photo. I like the gorgeous atmosphere and the fine blue tints. Attractive composition and spectacular details. Excellent quality and informative note. Superb work, again. Thank you, nice days
PixelTerror (0) 2007-02-19 5:26
See you've been enjoying the sun down in the valley, a nive view of the city by the lake in gut contrast against the blues and a frame richly loaded with lakegulls.
anducina (8407) 2007-02-19 5:39
Excellent compo and POV, superb colors. I like the blue sky, the sea-gulls and the foggy light.
Muse (34938) 2007-02-19 5:55
Très jolie vue du Lac de Come.
De belles couleurs qui contrastent bien sur le bleu.
Les oiseaux donnent de la vie à cette compo.
vinicio (23415) 2007-02-19 6:19
POsto magnifico Paolo, i tuoi amici abitano in uno spicchio di paradiso, la foto è bella e ben equilibrata, se non lo dicevi comunque mi fa pensare ad un giorno di vacanza, complimenti e buona settimana
Gerrit (44685) 2007-02-19 7:25
great view and picture. The light and colours are realy excellent.
The prices are a little overdone (and I thought houses in Amsterdam were expensive)
snunney (79973) 2007-02-19 7:31
Very nice composition looking along the lake through the V shape of the two headlands. Beautiful colours and lighting. The flock of birds are the icing on the cake. Very good clarity.
rbcy1974 (20758) 2007-02-19 7:36
Very beautiful image,
the birds add a nice touch of dynamism here, the colours are rich and strong.
PS I am a real state fanatic, but those prices are too rich for my budget, I think Ill stick to buying an apartment in Peru for 600 USD a square meter.
sam224 (6215) 2007-02-19 7:57
Bello scatto Paolo: l'aver incluso i gabbiani in volo aggiunge un tocco magico ad una composizione che gode già di un'ottima luce. Il paese sulle rive del lago è incantevole.
chrisnet (21088) 2007-02-19 11:24
Amazing view with this beautiful lake, I like much the fly of the gulls, very good light and colors, wonderful landscape, well photographied, congratulations!
ALIRIZA (16423) 2007-02-19 12:41
Excellent landscape and beautiful colours. The composition is lovely with seagulls. Well done my friend...
All the best...
tcht (7565) 2007-02-19 12:54
Lovely postcard from this beautiful place. THe birds make a nice composition and I like the misty background contrasting with the solid and colorful structures. But imho, the striped pole on the left is not that necessary, the frame is already well balanced by the birds. I'd like to 'focus' more on the buildings and the background...please see workshop. great shot anyhow ;)
Silvio1953 (116763) 2007-02-19 13:32
Bella composizione del lago di Como, arricchita dal volo degli uccelli, belli anche i colori e la luce, gran bel panorama, Paolo, bravo, ciao Silvio
Dragonheart (8414) 2007-02-19 15:09
Excellent composition, I love the colours here and the birds flying all over the frame.
Thanks for sharing
maximage (15535) 2007-02-19 18:18
Très belle image avec ces oiseaux, c'est vraiment très bien vu.
Dommage, le poteau à gauche et l'oiseau à moitié coupé en dessous ne sont pas les bienvenus.
Cricri (101805) 2007-02-20 4:09
Jolie image de ces mouettes qui dance sous cet univers bleu, belle lumiére qui n'éclaire que les bâtiments, jolies couleurs
JCG (35129) 2007-02-20 12:10
A fantastic area of Italy which I do not know and this sublime photograph gives really desire for going on a journey there. Framing is successful I find, the sight on the lake of these houses must be marvellous. This flight of gulls is more beautiful effect. A good managment of colours and lights. Good work and thank you for note. Unfortunately I will not be able to buy in the area, not fortunate enough !!!
With my all friendships,
Jean-Charles (Thank you for the sympathetic comment on my 200th photograph)
bantonbuju (51771) 2007-02-21 2:26
this is what many would dream as...a perfect landscape photo...border between the lake level and the surrounding banks on the left hand is so delicate...it creates a great mood of a distance...while on the right hand, nicely lit - the luxury hotels overlook the scenery...
Rosa_d_MonteLua (1506) 2007-02-21 8:14
Interesting perspective of this birds, and a well chose POV over the lake.
It's a beautiful view, in fact.
Wonderful colours and good clarity.
Have a nice week,
john_c (24662) 2007-02-21 10:48
The many variations of bluish hue here really give the shot a dreamy, warm feel, despite the winter season. The birds look like they are celebrating spring and the buildings dockside are bathed in fine golden light. A fascinating spot. Thanks for the fine note. Cheers.
AiresSantos (56155) 2007-02-22 3:05
I like your POV in this beautiful composition. Lovely seagulls, great colours and light.
Very well captured
Have a nice day
jmcl (14535) 2007-03-10 13:16
I love this image of the village on the edge of infinite blue ...
The birds create a wonderful sense of intimacy ..
great image .. happy anniversary.
- Copyright: Paolo Motta (Paolo) (41222)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-02-18
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon D Ixus 5.0
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Your favorites II°, Seagulls [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-02-19 4:05