on November 25, 2009
This is an attraction I have actually reviewed before on my first ever visit to Las Vegas, and though I almost never re-review something unless it has undergone some change or improvement to warrant doing so - in this case I couldn't justify writing an 'Italian Experience' in Las Vegas journal with out giving kudos to the fountain show. It's also worth mentioning here that maybe an even better reason for my reviewing it once more here is that in all the changes that I have seen Las Vegas undergo since my first visit - and very few of them for the better in my opinion - this is one that still keeps it's awe and integrity and should be commended for doing so. The fountain show at the Bellagio represented or me everything that was amazing about Las Vegas. Whenever I told the story about my crazy, penniless week spent in Sin City - I always finished the story with a reminiscent smile about the wonders of the fountains of Bellagio. It's really hard to describe why there are so wonderful - when you get down to it it is just dancing water fountains to music. But there is something grander about them than that - something beautiful and peaceful and thrilling all at the same time. I've seen adults moved more than I have ever seen watching them, and when I remembered Las Vegas - everything that was good about it could be summed up in the dusky desert evenings I stood watching the fountains. It was something we ended up doing on quite a few occasions the first time, and after 6 years we found ourselves enjoying it over and over again this time round, too. When we realized just how much Las Vegas and the atmosphere there had changed, I think we were both hesitant to watch the fountains again. It was such a profound and wonderful memory for us both that I think we were afraid it might be tarnished if it left us cold. But we weren't the least disappointed - and if anything as we stood watching the first set of fountain shows in the lowering light of the evening, we realized gratefully that some bits of the Las Vegas magic were still alive. If you have never seen the fountains at the Bellagio - then I can not recommend highly enough that you do so. Get there a little bit before each show if you can to get a good spot to watch - but it doesn't really matter anyway. There are plenty of places to stop and watch along the walk way on the strip - and even if you didn't plan to view it - if you are passing by and it's on, it's always worth the few minutes to stop and enjoy it. And if you have seen it before and remember it fondly - well rest assured that it remains just as wonderful as it was, and is there to be seen again when next you visit. You can see the fountains from any area around the Bellagio hotel, but the best places are the little round viewing areas cut into the pathways. The shows run every 1/2 hour from 3 pm - 8 pm on Monday - Friday, and they start at noon on holidays and weekends. Best viewing is at dusk or after dark.It's a very, very impressive display of music, dancing water, and lights and it's something that should not be missed on a trip to Las Vegas. And best of all - it's still free.
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