Helen in Europe travel blog

this was a 19th century factory where women and girls worked and...

yet another delightful church just around the corner and up the hill...

two men engaged in conversation for at least an hour at the...

a spot to relax and contemplate the displays at the local Natural...

19th century cabinets and animals at the Natural History Museum

yes, that's a hippopotamus head on the wall!

Carlo Vercelloni the taxidermist and original curator of the museum


Last day in Lecco and I knew I had to pay a visit to Museo di Storia Naturale di Lecco, which features original 19th century display cases and animals stuffed by taxidermist and eventual curator Carlo Vercelloni. It was like nothing had changed; the museum is housed in the old palace Palazzo Belgioioso with peeling frescoes on the ceilings. Once again I was the only visitor and the enthusiastic staff/ volunteers were great characters, very friendly, with physical disabilities and we had a lovely chat despite not having a word of each other's languages. Something was bugging me though and it returned to me when I retrospectively wrote the blog for 6 June, the first night Sarah, Joe and I went out to dinner. I was trying to work out which restaurant it was; looking on Google maps brought me no joy as it only brought up three restaurants nearby. Surely the one we went to wasn't La Corte di Lucia, the reputed original house occupied by Lucia, from 'The Betrothed'? I had walked past this interesting old building several times recently on my walks and photographed it but I didn't recognise it as the restaurant we went to. It all came together when I realised that yes, indeed we did go to that restaurant and the doors were open when we were there so we sat in a glass conservatory style room looking out into that 19th century courtyard. How satisfying to know that I did get to visit this historic and charming restaurant. Even though I feel I know this little neighbourhood well, just by walking uphill a different street I found more history, this time it was a building that was once an old factory that women and children worked at in the 19th century, causing them premature aging, according to the plaque. The church, like most buildings had an original history, this time dating back to 1642 but was modernised on the inside in the 1960s and 1980s. I loved the rusty colour against the blue 34 degrees sky.



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