Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Vegas Wonder of the Fountains of Bellagio

If there was a list of wonders of the Las Vegas strip, the fountains at the Bellagio hotel would be one of them. Going through some photos of Vegas from a 2008 visit, I came across the two pics above of the hotel's lake and fountain. I've learned that the inspiration for the Bellagio's theme is a municipality in Italy of the same name located along on Lake Como.

The Bellagio of Italy is called the "The Pearl of the Lake" and located along the country's northern border with views of the Alps. Lake Como is one of the largest lakes in Italy and one of the deepest in Europe. Long regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in the country, it is a popular tourist attraction with villas and palaces dotted along it perimeter.

Very few do not pause to view the free show of the choreographed fountain shows set to light and music at the Bellagio hotel which opened in 1998. As soon as the fountain nozzles break the surface the lights illuminating the hotel change color as signs another show is set to begin. The fountains are set in a 9-acre manmade lake that fronts the resort. The $40 million fountains is made of a network of 1,200 nozzles and more than 4,500 lights. The music accompanying the fountain display includes a list of thirty songs. The best to capture the theme of the hotel is "Con Te Partiro (Time to Say Goodbye)" performed by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman. The exprerience is a complimentary diversion full of awe and fascination.

Read the next post about the Bellagio hotel in the movies.

Lake Como and the municipality of Bellagio
(above three image credits: The London Plan, Traveljournals.netVillas Holiday Rentals)
More info at Showtimes Mon-Fri 3pm-8pm every half hour; 8pm-12am every fifteen minutes. Sat, Sun & Holidays 12pm-8pm every half hour and 8pm-12am every 15 minutes. Schedules can vary and shows subject to cancellation due to high winds. For more info about the fountain designers and their other creations, visit the WET Design website.


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