The hidden jewel of Lake Como
On the shores of that “branch of Lake Como” lies Lecco, one of Lombardy’s most picturesque locations.
You can explore the city and its surrounding territory by following the footsteps of the characters in Alessandro Manzoni’s novel The Betrothed. Ponte Azzone Visconti offers the best views of Pescarenico, the oldest district of the city, which is described in the novel. Be sure to visit the Rocca di Vercurago castle, also known as Castello dell’Innominato, and Villa Manzoni, which belonged to the author’s family. The Basilica of San Nicolò, Palazzo Belgiojoso and Piazza Era are worth visiting.
The lake shores offer enchanting villages, like Lierna, a popular tourist destination all year round thanks to its Riva Bianca beach and late-medieval castle. To discover a real-life ghost town, head to Consonno, the “Las Vegas of Brianza”.
For visitors who love high-altitude hiking, around Lecco you can enjoy scenic treks to the peaks of Monte Resegone or the Grigne group. You can follow the Viandante hiking trail around the entire lake, from Lecco to Colico, finding beautiful villages along the way, including Mandello del Lario, Varenna and Bellano. Don’t miss the hill of Montevecchia, with its sanctuary immersed in the park and criss-crossed by paths you can travel on foot, by horse or by mountain bike.