The Betrothed, I Promessi Sposi – Il Corteo Manzoniano

(A special event, but not every year)
One of the most famous works of Italian literature comes to life in the streets of Lecco. Manzoni’s tragic, romantic story of Renzo and Lucia is resurrected in front of the dramatic backdrop of the Lecco branch of Lake Como and it’s surrounding mountain sides and spectacular nature.

Only 45 minutes from Milan, one of the most famous works of Italian literature comes to life in the streets of Lecco.  Manzoni’s tragic, romantic story of Renzo and Lucia is resurrected in front of the dramatic backdrop of Lake Como and it’s surrounding mountain sides and spectacular nature.

Only 45 minutes from Milan,one of the most famous works of Italian literature comes  to life in the streets of Lecco. Manzoni’s tragic, romantic story of Renzo and Lucia, is resurrected in front  of the dramatic backdrop of Lake Como, it’s mountain sides and spectacular natural surroundings.

Several groups of actors in costumes recreated from historically documented images  and writings, parade through the cobble-stoned streets of Lecco stopping at various  stage areas set up around the city to perform their act.

 (The event is not held every year, please check the city website for information)
There are six stages set up for spectators. Spectators choose a stage location  and watch the various acts of the play as the performers arrive. The main stage  at Piazza Cermenati is equipped with seating and provides the most spectacular view of the lake  and the natural backdrop.
The actors parade winds through the streets of Lecco following this route:

Via Amendola, Corso Martiri della Liberazione, Piazza Manzoni, Viale della Costituzione,  Piazza Garibaldi, Lungolario Isonzo, Largo Europa, Piazza Cermenati, Piazza XX  Settembre, Via Roma, Via Cavour, Via F.lli Cairoli, Via Ghislanzoni. Click here to see the map.

 

Some of the main streets are closed for the event, so please be sure to arrive  early. See the map of parking facilities.
I Promessi Sposi know in English as The Bethrothed by Alessandro Manzoni, tells the story of how the faith of two lovers Renzo and Lucia, overcomes all  obstacles to their union despite the efforts of Don Rodrigo who has evil designs  upon Lucia . I Promessi Sposi is not only known as a great literary work, but  is studied and celebrated for it’s vivid descriptions recounting the spread of  the plague which devastated Milan throughout the seventeenth-century.
Alessandro Manzoni was born in Milan in 1785. I Promessi Sposi, his greatest masterpiece, was written between 1821 and 1825 and was rewritten  in 1840.
Alessandro Manzoni died on 22 May 1873 at the age of 88. Newspaper accounts of  the day report that on the morning of 6 January 1873, on his way to Mass in the  Milanese church of San Fedele, he fell and hit his head on the church steps. It  appears that this apparently banal accident was actually fatal.
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Celia Abernethy

Celia lives both on Lake Como and in Milan, Italy. She shares her discoveries of her travels and experiences in Italy and beyond, giving readers an insider’s view of what to do, where to go and how to do it in style. Contact: www.travelpostrepeat.com