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Orrido di Bellano is a striking natural gorge situated in the town of Bellano on the eastern shore of Lake Como in Northern Italy. The sights, sounds, and the raw power of nature on display here make it one of the most unique and fascinating destinations not just in Italy, but all of Europe.

History Formed over the course of millions of years due to the process of erosion by the Pioverna River, Orrido di Bellano offers an otherworldly glimpse into the geological past. The natural gorge has served as both a defensive bulwark for Bellano against ancient attacks and as an enchanting tourist spot since the 19th century.

How to Get There To get to Orrido di Bellano, you would first need to reach the peaceful town of Bellano. Travelers can easily reach Bellano by train from Milan in about an hour. Orrido di Bellano is a short 10-minute walk from Bellano’s train station.

List of Attractions

  1. The Gorge: The main attraction is the gorge itself, with its majestic waterfalls, whimsical rock formations, and narrow pathways.
  2. The Devil’s House: Inside the gorge is an eerie home carved into the rock, known as the “House of the Devil”. It’s an unexpected sight amidst the natural formations that adds an element of thrill to the excursion.
  3. Bellano Town: Once done exploring the Orrido, visitors should explore the charming fishing town of Bellano. The town’s quaint streets and breathtaking views of Lake Como are not to be missed!

Ticket Information Entry into Orrido di Bellano requires a nominal fee. Children under the age of 6 can enter free of charge. For up-to-date prices and opening times, check the Orrido di Bellano’s official website.

List of Tips for Visiting

  1. Wear Comfortable Shoes: A good pair of walking shoes is recommended as you’ll be walking on some uneven and possibly slick pathways.
  2. Camera: Bring a camera to capture the impressive sights of the waterfall and the dramatic rock formations.
  3. Time of Visit: Visit in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid crowds.
  4. Stay Cautious: Stick to the marked paths and follow all safety advisories.
  5. Combine it with a Lake Visit: A trip to Orrido di Bellano could be combined with a day at Lake Como.
  6. Lights: Parts of the gorge can be dark, so a flashlight or phone light could be handy.
  7. Warm Clothes: The temperature inside the Orrido can be cooler than outside, hence carrying a light jacket is a good idea.

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