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Bellagio, The Tribute

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Built by Las Vegas entrepreneur Steve Wynn, ‘Bellagio Las Vegas’ opened in 1998 and was inspired by Mr Wynn’s visit to it’s namesake village, Bellagio in Lake Como. It stands on the site once occupied by the legendary Dunes Hotel, and it had a construction budget of $1.6 billion. It is acknowledged to have raised the level of luxury and sophistication in Vegas resorts. Dale Chihuly was commissioned to create an installation for the lobby ceiling. Fiori di Como comprises over 2,000 hand-blown glass flowers, covers 2,000 sq ft (190 m2). It also features the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, once home to Mr Wynn’s personal collection, and it remains home to Cirque du Soleil’s ‘O’ production.  In a commendable tribute to it’s namesake, Bellagio Las Vegas is positioned beside a 8 acre (3.2 ha) lake. In the desert, and fronting one of the busiest streets in the world, is a lake! It is home to the resort’s most recognizable feature: the Fountains of Bellagio. Upwards of 1000 fountains ‘dance’ to music ranging from Pavarotti to Sinatra. The fountains have specific choreography for each piece of music and they are constantly ‘learning’ new routines. The Dancing Fountains shows are free and 16 years after their first performance, they remain one of the city’s most popular attractions. Location: Las Vegas Blvd, USA

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