From 1840 to date The Betrothed are a timeless novel that brought Lecco in the world.
Alessandro Manzoni introduces The Betrothed saying he found an anonymous manuscript of the seventeenth century telling a story full of tragic events, but also of virtuous actions and then to have rewritten it in a more understandable Italian.
The first draft of the novel was titled Fermo and Lucia, published in a first version in 1827 (called Ventisettana edition), later revised by the writer becoming the novel that the whole world knows as the definitive edition published in 1840 (Quarantana edition) preserved at the Museo Manzoniano, at Villa Manzoni, in Lecco: The Bethroted.
Set between 1628 and 1630 in the town of Lecco and neighboring areas, when the fortified village was under Spanish domination, The Betrothed tells the story of the troubled love between the young Renzo and Lucia, intertwined with really occurred historical facts and characters of the seventeenth century.
The main protagonist is the landscape scenario of “that branch of the lake of Lecco” with all its natural beauties: lake Como, the Adda river and the mountains.
Visit Lecco like if you were a protagonist of The Betrothed: the Manzonian places are waiting for you!
The masterpiece by Alessandro Manzoni