Italy: We Heart Bellagio

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Ciao Bellagio, where you can board boats for other Lake Como district hot spots and try to spot George Clooney as he leaves Villa Oleandra.

We recently spent four nights here at the Hotel Centrale, a family-run place that offers its guests quiet clean rooms with free Wi-fi and breakfast.

Hotel Centrale’s proprietor, Giacomo Borelli, shares much in common with Roberto Benigni. At one point during our stay he remarked that we should stay at his hotel for years to come and make “lotsa Italian babies”. He continued, “This is the best answer.” The offer was–and is still–very tempting.

Another fun fact? The hotel dates back to 1922, when Giacomo’s family first opened its doors. Today, it’s been through a

Now, if only our bambini could turn out just like Giacomo’s son, who is the spitting image of a young Al Pacino and the morning barista.

About the author

Meredith Franco Meyers

About the author: Meredith earned an MFA in fiction writing at The New School in New York City. Her feature stories and articles have appeared in Ladies' Home Journal, American Baby, Self, Bridal Guide, Time Out New York, Fitness and more. She joined EuroCheapo in summer 2007.

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