The Bellagio in Las Vegas is a AAA Five Diamond Award hotel and casino on the Strip. Opened in 1998 and conceived by Steve Wynn, it is inspired by the Lake Como resort in Bellagio, Italy. Known for its elegance and sophistication, it is an art appreciators dream. You could easily spend a whole day here enjoying many arts and cultural inspirations and events.
Before entering the Bellagio one is met with fountains set in a 9 acre man made lake. The synchronized water features are choreographed along with a musical symphony and over 4,500 lights to create a mesmerizing show. This free performance takes place every 30 minutes from afternoon to early evening and every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. to midnight. Music ranges from classical, broadway tunes and classics such as Elvis Presley’s ‘Viva Las Vegas’ and Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’. During holidays, relevant music is played such as Johnny Mathis’ ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ and Whitney Houston’s ‘Star Spangled Banner’ for the fourth of July. This performance is sure to amuse all ages and is an exciting preview of what the Bellagio delivers in the name of entertainment and amazement.
Stepping into the hotel’s grand lobby it would be impossible to miss Dale Chihuly’s sculpture, Fiori di Como, which is made up of over 2,000 exquisite hand-blown glass flowers, covering over 2,100 square feet and most of the lobby ceiling. Tourists and art appreciators alike flock to see this amazing display. Through out the casino there are several other Chihuly sculptures. They can be found at the Bellagio Baccarat Lounge where a centerpiece titled ‘Clusters Persians’ can be enjoyed while sipping on a cocktail as well as his Blue Spears which are on permanent display in the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
The Bellagio has four amazing themed displays in the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens open year round, 24 hours a day and free to the general public. Beginning with the Chinese New Year in January and changing through spring, summer, fall and winter the Botanical Gardens features thousands of natural flowers, plants, trees as well as theatrically arranged gazebos, bridges, ponds, and water features unique to each season. With a staff of over 140 expert horticulturists this show brings rare natural finds from around the world and displays them to spotlight their unique splendor with an attention to detail that only a city known for its brilliant theatrical flare could choreograph. All of the exhibits feature moving parts and fantastic characters often made entirely of live flowers.
The Bellagio hosts a permanent Cirque de Soleil show ‘O’, a water themed stage production. ‘O’, whose name is pronounced the same way as eau, the French word for “water” is preformed Wednesday through Sunday at 7:30 PM and 10:00 PM. The show takes place in, around and above, a 1.5- million gallon pool of water. Common to Cirque de Soleil shows, it features amazing acrobatic feats as well as synchronized water, aerial and ground acts. The O theatre inspired by a 14th century European opera house seats 1,800 people. Click to see the official ‘O’ website and ticket information
The Bellagio’s biggest artistic masterpieces can be found at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. The gallery features a changing display of world-class art drawn from internationally known museums and private collections. From contemporary works to classical masterpieces, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art showcases paintings, sculptures, photographs, and mixed media work. Past exhibitions have included Monet masterworks, Andy Warhol’s celebrity portraits, Faberge treasures from the Kremlin, Ansel Adams photography and Alexander Calder mobiles. Showing now through January 2012 is “A Sense of Place: Landscapes from Monet to Hockney” showcasing over 30 works of art also including Marc Chagall, Helen Frankenthaler, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Robert Rauschenberg, Christo, Vik Muniz as well as others. The gallery is open from Sunday to Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Free docent tours are available Wednesday through Sunday at 2:00 p.m.The cost of admission is $15 for visitors 13 and older; $12 for Nevada residents and seniors 65 and older; $10 for military, teachers and college students; Children 12 years old and younger are free. Audio tour of the gallery is included in the price of the exhibit.
All this artistic stimulation might require some nourishment and The Picasso restaurant inside the Bellagio not only offers gourmet cuisine, but also surrounds diners with an extensive collection of original Picasso artwork.