A small village in the province of Lecco, also known as the Pearl of Valsassina because of its generous views over the valley and mountains, given its proximity to Milan, Parlasco makes the perfect inaugural stop on our tour.
It is a village of about 100 inhabitants, located almost 700 metres above sea level, nestling in the Parco Regionale della Grigna Settentrionale. Since 2007, the walls of the old stone houses in the shadow of the mountains have been the custodians of a collection of stunning frescoes by national and international artists. Created to bear witness to the history and legend of the place, these works help to keep the identity of the village alive.
Each with their own style and technique, they narrate the exploits of the legendary Lasco, or Sigifredo Falsanti, count of Marmoro (near Parlasco), benefactor of the needy by day and bandit of the valley by night: a character made famous by Antonio Balbiani in his historical novel of 1871. Created as part of the PARLARTI - Parlasco for the Arts project, Parlasco. A painted village now has 14 works depicting scenes from Lasco's life: each mural is accompanied by a plaque with the name and origin of the artist and some explanatory notes on the events that inspired it.