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Bellagio

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Brad and I were up at 7, we had breakfast, coffee, and some internet time to secure the shipping of the laptop! We took the 10:25 ferry to Bellagio, and we split off from Fiona and Steve to do some shopping until lunch time. I bought some gifts, and my beautiful silk and leather handbag.

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Bellagio's streets are steep and narrow. There are many shops selling silk, jewelry, art, linens, and clothing. Brad and I stopped for coffee and a break.

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Next we walked to the end of town to show Brad the Villa Serbelloni Hotel. I actually stayed here on my very first trip to Italy in 1987 with my ex-husband. It is grand, but very formal and stuffy. We were supposed to be there for 4 nights, but it was the end of season, the weather was bad, the place was deserted, and it seemed like we saw no guests, just staff trying to busy themselves. We stayed one night, and after an early breakfast, we took off and spent three lovely days in Venice instead!

Here is their beach/pool area:

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We ran into Fiona and Steve, and decided we were all ready for lunch. I knew there was a charming wine bar in town, so we headed to Cava Turacciolo.

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It was a "no driving" day for Brad, so he was happy he could indulge with the rest of us.

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We introduced Fiona and Steve to a nice Arneis to prepare them for great white as well as red wine in Piemonte. For lunch we shared a board of mixed formaggio and salumi, with bread and local honey.

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How cute are these plates?

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We had a great time!

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