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Lecco is about 55 km north of Milan. The city lies on the eastern branch of Lake Como set at the base of the Alps surrounded by nature. The nearest airports are Milano Malpensa, Milano Linate and Bergamo Orio al Serio. Read more: How to get to Lecco , Read more: Hotels in Lecco
While you are in Lecco, you can see and do lots of cultural and fun activities:
Percorso Manzoniano – Walking Manzoni’s Promessi Sposi
Thanks to Alessandro Manzoni’s epic romance I Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed), one of the most famous works of Italian literature, the local sights of Lecco have been imortalized. If you have read the book and are familiar with the characters and settings, it is most interesting to visit; Villa Manzoni, Piazza Manzoni, Torre Viscontea, A. Visconti bridge, Pescarenico and the Pescarenico church, the small fishing village at the end of Via dell’Isola where Fra Cristoforo’s convent and the church of Santi Materno and Lucia is found. .In the area of Olate is Lucia’s presumed birthplace, and the church of Don Abbondio (Santi Vitale e Valeria) where Lucia and Renzo are married, and not far is the Palace of Don Rodrigo. Click here for a map (Italian)
Castello dell’Innominato (Vercurago)
(Photo above) To visit the Castello dell’Innominato (the Unnamed the vilan character form I Promessi Sposi -The Betrothed) you need to go 5km to Vercurago (by bus 1 to Chiusa and 15 min walk to Vercurago). Go to the Santuario San Girolamo Emiliani and walk up the pathway to the top, there is a stone staircase that brings you up further to the top where you will see a spectacular view of Lecco and the surrounding area. (Not reccomended if you don’t like light hiking.)
“La Passagiata” is an important part of Italian culture in every city. It is the early evening or after dinner stroll in the center of town. Families and friends meet in the main square (Piazza XX Settembre or Piazza Garibaldi) to take an easy stroll while chatting about the day, window shopping and occasionaly pausing to say hello to old friends. It is a pleasant routine especially in the warm summer months.
Lecco is full of shops! The central shopping district starts at Piazza Manzoni and runs up along Via Roma where you will find designer boutiques such as Max & Co., Luisa Spangoli, Penny Black, Nadine, Big Bag, Ferri, Chicco. Via Cairoli, Via Mascari and Via Cattaneo are also full of shops. See our shopping directory here
Museums in Lecco preserving the history and culture of the city are The Villa Manzoni, the Natural History and Archeological museum. You can find contempoary art in the galleries at the historical Torre Viscontea and vintage motorcyles in Mandello’s Mottoguzzi museum. Click here for information about museums in Lecco
Hiking Piani d’Erna
Piani d’Erna is part of the Ressegone range.
There is the Funivia (a cable car) going up to Piani D’Erna from Lecco.
Little by little I am trying to make my rounds of the restaurants around town and the lake area!
Visit our Food & Wine section to discover some of our favorite places to eat.
This food tour provides a unique food tasting experience allowing you to get to know Lecco and its people in an authentic manner.
More than a simple ‘walk and eat’ tour, the professional English-speaking guides will give you the local insider’s view of the history, culture and architecture, which makes up this fascinating city.
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Do a Cooking Lesson
While you’re visiting the beautiful area of Lecco and Lake Como, you should really consider spending the day cooking with Viviana Musumeci . A one-day adventure of food shopping, cooking and eating.
Above Varenna is an ancient Ligurian-Celtic castle built in the late 11th to early 12th century . From below it looks as if it is only ruins, but it has been preserved and tourists are invited to visit the grounds, garden, and the tower. Read more