A tour of Villa Manzoni and the "places" of The Betrothed, or the sites that form the background for the episodes of the famous novel, often ascribed this role by local legend.
[Manzoni itineraries in Lecco] In 1827, immediately after reading The Betrothed, Goethe noted that “one of the main factors that makes this book extraordinary [¿] is precisely the fact that the story takes place in a very beautiful place like the region of Lake Como, and that those places are closely linked to the author himself, who spent his youth there”.
The first part of the guide contains a historical essay reconstructing the complex connections between Lecco and Manzoni, his family and ancestors.
The volume then proposes an itinerary divided into two sections: the first is on the villa at Caleotto, belonging to the writer’s family, now known as Villa Manzoni, in Lecco, where a museum has been created on Manzoni; the second covers the “places” described in The Betrothed, or the sites that form the background for the episodes of the famous novel, often ascribed this role by local legend. A map of the city of Lecco makes it easy to find the exact locations of the sites.