This town, once upon a time a village, has been the source of inspiration for the drafting of the one of the world’s best known novels: The Betrothed, the tormented love story between the young Renzo and Lucia, set in the districts of Lecco and surrounding areas in the seventeenth century, when Lecco was under Spanish domination.
Manzoni used to spend his summer vacation at Villa Manzoni in Lecco and the time spent in Lecco allowed him to appreciate and be impressed by the beautiful natural resources of the area and with excellent mastery and style painted them in the novel. The reader becomes the protagonist of the story, as if he was really present in the places where the events occurred.
From imagination to reality, experience the love story visiting the places Manzoni described. Take a step back in time and be carried away by feelings, to be protagonists in today’s Lecco of the timeless novel.
A spectacular photography of Lecco taken by Manzoni with abundance of information.
Pescarenico: fishing hamlet which has kept intact its charm over time.
Summer residence and inspiration source for Manzoni to write The Betrothed. Villa Manzoni now is a house museum.
Lecco in the seventeenth century was a fortified village with its own castle.This is the scene in which The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni takes place.
Lecco: fortified village with its castle and town walls. From the Visconti family rule to the Spanish domination it was a strategic fort.
Don Abbondio and Bravi: a meeting that determines the beginning of the love story of The Betrothed.
The priest Don Abbondio crowns Renzo and Lucia love in his church.
Acquate and Olate are the districts in which Lucia’s traditional and alleged house is.
The palace of Don Rodrigo, dominating the whole town of Lecco, is located on the Zucco in Olate.
In the district of Pescarenico is the convent of Fra Cristoforo, crucial figure of The Betrothed.
Protagonista naturale dei Promessi Sposi è l’Adda.
On the rock of Somasca in Vercurago here you are the castle of the Unnamed (castello dell’Innominato) where Lucia was prisoner.
The church of Beato Serafino in Chiuso Lecco is cited by Manzoni in the first edition called Fermo and Lucia.
The tailor hosted Lucia at his home in the district of Chiuso in Lecco after the Unnamed’s conversion.
Original furnishings, object and manuscripts of Alessandro Manzoni. The Quarantana, the leading edition of The Betrothed.