Franz Liszt was a composer, pianist, orchestra leader and Hungarian organist. He studied and played at Vienna and Paris and traveled throughout Europe giving concerts everywhere. It was one of the great piano virtuosos of the nineteenth century, revolutionized piano technique and the relationship between audience and performer.
Liszt stayed in Bellagio with Marie d’Agoult in 1837 and 1838.
There could not be more suggestive place to inspire great works of art (as testified by the continuous flow of painters who immortalized the beautiful landscapes of Bellagio) and neither more romantic place for the birth of a love.
Liszt has combined both leaving the immortal imprint of its passage.
Franz Liszt spent also in Bellagio a long and enchanted honeymoon with Catherine Marie de Flavigny, Comtesse d’Agoult.
It is said still today, in remembering this romantic love story, that nothing brings more luck to a marriage than to spend the honeymoon in Bellagio.
In memory of the period that Liszt spent in Bellagio there is a memorial plaque with the following sentence: “From August to December of 1987 he spent in Bellagio with Madame d’Agoult one of the most fervent moments of passion and of musical creation of all his stormy romantic life”.