Helen in Europe travel blog

typical view of Lecco mountains from my bedroom window

stunning view of the mountains of Lecco from my window

The famous literate Alessandro Manzoni mentions the mountain Resegone in its masterpiece The Betrothed “Resegone, from its long line of summits, which in truth give it the appearance of a saw”. And so appeared the striking mountains of Lecco which you can see from a great many angles once you are in the city. I will never tire of viewing these mountains. And speaking of Manzoni, I ventured out today to the museum Manzoni Villa; writing this retrospectively, I must have done this before Sarah and Joe arrived. It seems to be a pattern with the lesser known European museums: they're often hard to find. Once I did find Villa Manzoni I set upon the task of communicating to them that I had the ICOM pass. In Europe this actually seems to be well recognised, and fortunately I did not have to pay, especially as there was less than an hour until closing time. As customary with ICOM pass, I was asked where I was from. 'Ostrayleeyah' I said with typical Aussie accent. Not one of the four staff there could tell what I had said and they all chattered away in their multiply syllabled Italian. Eventually one said 'Ostrahhlya' and since then I know how to pronounce my country and be recognised. I wandered around the strange gallery and realised that I probably needed to swot up a little on Manzoni to gain appreciation of the museum which was described as one of Lecco's places to visit. The place resembled a run down old mansion with peeling wallpaper and old works on paper which would make any Australian curator or conservator gasp in horror at the lack of archival conditions in which they were displayed. I took my chance and opened a door - no alarm sounded so I kept going, found myself in a courtyard and found that there were more art spaces to explore, full of local art. Well it wasn't the Kunsthistoriches Museum or The Leopold, but it was a part of Lecco's history.

Now that I have done further research, here is a bit more about Manzoni:

Manzoni used to spend his summer vacation at Villa Manzoni in Lecco and the time spent in Lecco allowed him to appreciate and be impressed by the beautiful natural resources of the area and with excellent mastery and style painted them in the novel. The reader becomes the protagonist of the story, as if he was really present in the places where the events occurred. You can also walk around town and find sites of interest that were actual places in the book. Maybe I need to read 'The Betrothed' to gain further insight. In the meantime, here is a great website with the sites, all very close to the house: https://www.eccolecco.it/en/manzonian-places-lecco/

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