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Lecco: the largest of these villages

Where
Lecco, Pasturo

Alessandro Manzoni, after taking a nature photography of the territory painting the lake Como, the mountains and the Adda river, continues with a description of Lecco, “the largest of these villages”, describing it a village who sets out to become a city.

In the seventeenth century, historic period when The Betrothed is set, Lecco was a fortified village under Spanish domination and had a castle, built in the fourteenth century by the Visconti family of Milan, by the will of Azzone Visconti. Of the mighty castle and fortified village today remains visible only the Viscontea Tower (Torre Viscontea in Piazza XX Settembre) and part of the walls with the town walls (vallo delle mura near Via Bovara), where the Palace of the Spanish governors was built (now Lecco’s Public Library), and near the Basilica of St. Nicholas (Basilica di San Nicolò) where you can see the round bastion on which the high bell tower was erected, known as “matitone” (“big pencil”).

The writer then painted us Lecco’s surrounding territory with roads and paths, with small towns placed on the banks of Adda river, always embedded in the spectacular natural environment Lecco offers embraced by mountains and mirrored in the lake.

Cover image: illustration darft for the edition of The Betrothed dated 1840 Library Braidense

Take me here: Lecco: the largest of these villages

Places

Pian delle Betulle

Pian delle Betulle in Valsassina offers many ski slopes and great excursions enjoying the magic snow atmosphere.
  • Mountains
Pian delle Betulle
0 mt

From the city to the Mountains

The Snow Bus and the Mountain Bus to connect Milan to Valsassina
  • Active & Green
From the city to the Mountains
1.57 km

Troggia Waterfalls

Troggia is a torrent that flows out ofLake Sasso
  • Active & Green
Cascata della Troggia
3.1 km

Trekking around Piani di Bobbio

Discover Valsassina and Lake Como Mountains: itineraries for families, in 10 minutes from Lecco and in less than an hour from Milan
  • Active & Green
Trekking around Piani di Bobbio
3.84 km

Parco Minerario dei Piani Resinelli

  • Active & Green
Piani Resinelli
6.63 km

Northern Grigna Regional Park

The Northern Grigna Regional Park between Lake Como and Valsassina means nature, art and culture.
  • Parks
Northern Grigna Regional Park
7.34 km

The free access beaches on the Eastern Branches on Lake Como

  • Lakes
spiaggia ramo lecco lago como
9.81 km

Alpe Cainallo

  • Mountains
Alpe Cainallo
9.97 km

Lucia’s House

Acquate and Olate are the districts in which Lucia’s traditional and alleged house is.
  • Art & Culture
Lucia’s House
10.21 km

Il monte Resegone

The mountain Resegone with its unforgettable profile as a saw is silhouetted against Lecco and all Brianza.
  • Mountains
Il monte Resegone
10.39 km

Moto guzzi museum

The Museum is located in Mandello del Lario in the historic factory that, in 1921, saw the birth of the myth of 'L'Aquila'
  • Lifestyle
Moto Guzzi Museum
10.41 km

Palazzo Belgiojoso

Natural sciences, archeology, history, astronomy. All in 4 museums, housed in the eighteenth-century Palazzo Belgiojoso of Lecco
  • Art & Culture
Palazzo Belgiojoso
10.72 km

Archaeological Museum

  • Art & Culture
Archaeological Museum
10.73 km

Cycling tourism on Lario

Three suggestions to wander around the lake
  • Active & Green
Cycling tourism on Lario
11.04 km

Villa Manzoni

Today villa Manzoni (Lecco) houses both a museum, where visitors can admire manuscripts belonging to the writer, and an art gallery.
  • Art & Culture
Esterno Villa Manzoni a Lecco
11.42 km

Lecco: that branch of the lake of Como

  • Lakes
Lecco: that branch of the lake of Como
11.5 km

Nostra Signora della Vittoria Sanctuary

  • Religious Tourism
Nostra Signora della Vittoria Sanctuary
11.77 km

Alpe Giumello

  • Parks
Alpe Giumello
12.27 km

Pescarenico district of Lecco

Manzoni mentioned the Pescarenico in his most famous work, The Betrothed, and thanks to the story this district has become famous
  • Art & Culture
Pescarenico district of Lecco
12.39 km

The Route of Olive Trees

A walk on the wild trails between Lecco and Bellagio
  • Active & Green
onno bellagio
12.66 km

Activities

Ski Classes

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Ski Classes
1.91 km

In the footsteps of Leonardo walking along Lake Como

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In the footsteps of Leonardo walking along Lake Como
10.45 km

Cook with us - Lake Como

  • Food & Wine
Cook with us - Lake Como
10.58 km

Food And Wine Tour on Lake Como

  • Food & Wine
Food And Wine Tour on Lake Como
11.35 km

Lecco Walking Tour

  • Art & Culture
Lecco Walking Tour
11.35 km

Hiking on Lecco Mountains

  • Active & Green
Hiking on Lecco Mountains
11.35 km

The jewels of Bergamo Upper Town

  • Art & Culture
The jewels of Bergamo Upper Town
11.35 km

Cooking class in an exclusive location

  • Food & Wine
Cooking class in an exclusive location
11.35 km

Cruise on the lake

  • Villages
Cruise on the lake
11.35 km

Lake Como Villas

  • Art & Culture
Lake Como Villas
11.35 km

Bernina Express Tour

  • Mountains
Bernina Express Tour
11.35 km

Dinner with a fisherman

  • Food & Wine
Dinner with a fisherman
11.36 km

SNOW MOBILE TOUR IN MADESIMO

  • Active & Green
SNOW MOBILE TOUR IN MADESIMO
11.36 km

The must-see places in Lake Como: Bellagio and Varenna

  • Art & Culture
The must-see places in Lake Como: Bellagio and Varenna
11.36 km

Motorhome & campervan: sustainable rural tourism

  • Active & Green
Motorhome & campervan: sustainable rural tourism
11.59 km

Let's taste Como Lake

  • Food & Wine
Let's taste Como Lake
12.73 km

Cruise & Dinner from Varenna

  • Lakes
Cruise & Dinner from Varenna
14.22 km

Villas and Flavors of Lake Como

  • Lakes
Villas and Flavors of Lake Como
14.35 km

Bellagio, the pearl of lake Como

  • Art & Culture
Bellagio, the pearl of lake Como
14.8 km

Bellagio Travel Guide: the complete guide

  • Art & Culture
Bellagio Travel Guide: the complete guide
14.82 km

Where to sleep

B&B HIBISCUS

Pasturo
B&B HIBISCUS
137 mt

ALBERGO GRIGNA

Pasturo
ALBERGO GRIGNA
238 mt

CASA ALPINA PIO XII

Pasturo
CASA ALPINA PIO XII
306 mt

B&B IL CASTAGNETO

Pasturo
B&B IL CASTAGNETO
890 mt

CAV FATA SMEMORINA

Pasturo
CAV FATA SMEMORINA
983 mt

B&B ROCCA DI BAJEDO

Pasturo
B&B ROCCA DI BAJEDO
983 mt

RIFUGIO CAZZANIGA MERLINI

Barzio
RIFUGIO CAZZANIGA MERLINI
1.6 km

RIFUGIO NICOLA

Barzio
RIFUGIO NICOLA
1.6 km

VITTORIA

Barzio
VITTORIA
1.9 km

CRISTALLO

Barzio
CRISTALLO
1.95 km

RIFUGIO STELLA

Barzio
RIFUGIO STELLA
2.18 km

RIFUGIO SORA CASARI

Barzio
RIFUGIO SORA CASARI
2.18 km

B&B IL VILLINO NEL BOSCO

Barzio
B&B IL VILLINO NEL BOSCO
2.19 km

B&B LA BETULLA

Introbio
B&B LA BETULLA
2.35 km

CAV COMO'S LAKE MOUNTAINS DI SILVANA GIBOLI

Cremeno
CAV COMO'S LAKE MOUNTAINS DI SILVANA GIBOLI
2.5 km

ALBERGO SALA

Introbio
ALBERGO SALA
2.56 km

MAGGIO

Cremeno
MAGGIO
2.83 km

AZIENDA AGRICOLA CASCINA CORNELLA

Cremeno
AZIENDA AGRICOLA CASCINA CORNELLA
2.99 km

CAV LE CIME DI LEONARDO DI IMMOBILIARE MAFALDA S.R.L.

Cassina Valsassina
CAV LE CIME DI LEONARDO DI IMMOBILIARE MAFALDA S.R.L.
3 km

LA POSSA S.A. DI GORETTI DANIELA

Barzio
LA POSSA S.A. DI GORETTI DANIELA
3.07 km