John F. Kennedy at Lake Como
Among the many celebrities who visited Lake Como ranks also the probably most famous, most disputed and concurrently most popular statesman of the last century: John Fitzgerald Kennedy, President of the United States of America from 1961-1963.
Only 4 days after his historical visit in Germany he lands on 30.06.1963 with an US-Army helicopter in front of the Grandhotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, where he stayed at the presidential suite. He was so very impressed by the flight over the Lake of Como and by the breathtaking panorama that he said: “It is the most beautiful lake of the world”.
Of course Kennedy was jubilantly welcomed by the people of Bellagio. Many came by boat and tried to catch a view from the lakeside on the charismatic president. Kennedy, who successfully completed an exhausting Europe journey, insisted on going on a jaunt by car during this short break, to greet the residents of Bellagio.
JFK was after Franklin D. Roosevelt the second US-President visiting Bellagio, the Pearl of Lake Como. On 2.nd of July 1963 Kennedy traveled onward to Rome to meet Pope Paul VI. A few months after his visit at the Lago di Como, on 22.11.1963, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was killed in Dallas, Texas.