Lecco in 24 Hours
1 May 2016
The whole city of Lecco is the setting of the novel, with lake and mountains, the streams, its narrow streets and districts scattered at the foot of Mount Resegone or overlooking the water. But every corner of the city refers to the novel, even though, since Manzoni’s time, the once “sizable town” has now become a city. Tourists are advised to walk around these sites which tradition has destined as the theatrical setting for “I Promessi Sposi” (The Betrothed): the itinerary starts in Pescarenico, in the southern part of Lecco, where little remains to be seen of the convent of Fra’ Cristoforo, but where you can still visit the church of Santi Materno e Lucia with its rare plastic nativity scenes made of wax and papier mâché from the 17th century, then in Olate, thought to be the birthplace of Lucia and where the betrothed couple married. Visitors should not miss the chance to see the house that belonged to the Manzoni family and which, according to the author’s correspondence, they were very reluctant to sell; the building now houses the Manzoni Museum. The ten rooms contain manuscripts, first editions and other curious relating to the author’s life and works. Some of the original furnishings dating from the Manzoni epoch can still be seen on the ground floor. To complete the itinerary we suggest to reach the Rocca dell’Innominato in Somasca: leaving the city centre, by your own vehicle or by bus, you can visit the church of Beato Serafino in the Chiuso district then continue until Vercurago, five km from Lecco; on a sunny day from here you can have a pleasant half an hour walk up to the open area around the Castello dell’Innominato, 180 meters above the lake.
For those who search for a green experience we recommend to visit the city on a bicycle: a mixed (cycle path + dirt track + a short stretch along the road) trail of about 20 km starting from the city center going on a loop around Lake Garlate; the trail is almost entirely on the flat which makes it suited to inexperienced cyclists and families.
For those who, instead, wish to go uphill, behind the city a 5-minute cable car ride takes you to Piani d’Erna (1300 metres a.s.l.), a stunning viewpoint at the foot of the Resegone. The area offers a multitude of hiking trails, breathtaking views, mountains refuges and stops for food and drink. There is also an adventure park for tarzaning among the trees, Tibetan bridges, and fun climbing activities for all ages. During the winter season, the heavy snowfall provides ideal conditions for bobsledding and snowshoe hikes.