Lecco between lake Como and mountains Orobie
This is Lecco: at first glance Lecco embodies the unique natural beauties of the world. Lecco is a cultural landmark. If at first glance Lecco is not revealing much to the visitor, its centuries-old history of great successes in industrial and commercial fields reveals more hidden features tied to its manufacturing heritage of the iron wire and silk thread, evoking sensations and feelings related to the famous love story of Renzo and Lucia we read in The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni.
Lecco is a treasure chest of history: from the Duchy of Milan with the Visconti family, to the Spanish and Austrian domination. Every age has brought with it construction and destruction today we can still admire in excellent condition the medieval tower in Piazza XX Settembre, known as the Torre Viscontea, and a stretch of the city walls, the so-called vallo delle mura.
Lecco’s historic center lies on the shore of the lake, with its nineteenth-century style architectures, such as the arches of Piazza XX Settembre also visible in some other buildings. Typical expression of the neoclassical style is the Teatro della Società (Theatre of Society) in Piazza Garibaldi, designed by the local architect Giuseppe Bovara. The center offers a unique shopping experience with many fashion shops. Overlooking the lake is Piazza Cermenati with the view of the Basilica dedicated to the Saint patron of Lecco, St. Nicholas (Basilica di San Nicolò). Another important square is dedicated to Alessandro Manzoni, the poet who has made Lecco well known in the world for the emotional suggestions of its masterpiece The Betrothed.
Discovering Lecco: the historical center and Lake Como
Local and International contemporary art at the Palace of Fears in Lecco, hosting a section of photography and graphics too.
Neoclassic style by Bovara for the basilica of Lecco, with its bell tower standing out against the town.
Visconti, Sforza, Spanish, French and Austrian dominations. Risorgimento and Italy’s unification.
Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of Lecco. We celebrate him on 6th December and on that day all children receive great red apples to celebrate him.
Visit the monument to Antonio Stoppani, father of the Italian Geology directly on Lecco waterfront, with Resegone on the background.
Piazza XX Settembre in the old town center of Lecco. Here you may visit the Viscontea Tower, Palazzo della Paure and see where Stoppani was born.
Enjoy the lakefront of Lecco and the great views of Lake Como. There’s a particular point to admire the sunset. On the way some sites of interests.
Monument to Mario Cermenati in Lecco. In the square overlooking the lake Lecco we see the marble statue of the cofounder of the Civic Museums of Lecco.
Discover more about the monument to Alessandro Manzoni in Lecco, the famous writer of the Italian literature masterpiece: The Betrothed.
Every evening at 7pm bell tower’s tolls to honour the fallen of First World War.
Lecco Mountaineering Observatory is a modern and interactive museum to discover the history and the men who made great Lecco mountaineering traditions.
The bell tower of Basilica San Nicolò in Lecco overlooks the city and lake Como thanks to its 96 meters and represents a symbol of Lecco.
Azzone Visconti bridge: Lecco’s outpost on the Adda River.
Viscontea Tower is one of the old rests of the fortified village and it is still visible in Lecco. Walk in Lecco downtown and discover it!
Lombardy Baroque in one of the most beautiful church in Lecco.
Visible traces of the fortified village of Lecco.