I was fascinated by this shop.
It's actually a butcher's shop, but clearly does a roaring trade in mushrooms (dried and pickled) as well.
The dried mushrooms, I noticed, were mainly from Bulgaria rather than Italy, but I thought the advice about how to keep them was very useful indeed. And I did like the beautiful pickled-whole-mushrooms-in-huge-jars. Very pretty.
I took a photo of the opening times in case you are tempted when you're in Lecco; the shop was closed when I visited.
There are some rather impressive castle walls still remaining, along with a filled-in and grassed moat, but you'll have to seek them out.
From the railway station walk to the right, up Via Montello. Hopefully, you'll be able to spot the walls.
They date from the 1300s, I think, perhaps earlier. The castle was abandoned by 1782.
I did find some little alleyways around Piazza Roma which gave me a taste of what Medieval Lecco might have been like.
Some stepped, some cobbled, some leading to unexpected small squares (one still with its own well). Worth a wander round to see what you can see. You never know what you'll find....I found a local policeman having a crafty cigarette whilst chatting on his mobile phone. :-)
It won't be particularly easy, and you won't be able to get inside.
Look to the far north-west of Piazza Roma...you'll see part of a Medieval tower. Wander along the lakeside wand seek out its other sides...you'll find just a tiny part exposed.
All the rest of the tower is hidden by much later buildings.
But I was pleased to find it, simply because it is proof that Lecco has a much, much longer history than first appearances might suggest (personally, I think a little of its streetplan still follows the original Roman grid).
To be fair, Lecco has created quite a pleasant lakeside promenade space, with tree and playgrounds and superb views across and along Lake Como.
My day was grey and grim and overcast but in bright sunshine I'm sure the views would have been even more stunning.
Worth a wander (and there's a branch of Grom, if you fancy a gelato or three). :-)
This Basilica is dedicated to the Saint Patron of sailors, and has undergone different renovations since it was founded in the VIIth century. The Campanile (Bell Tower) is 96 m. high, and it's the symbol of Lecco.
- Main and second: Piazza Zermenati
- Third and fourth: Piazza XX Settembre
- Fifth: Piazza Garibaldi
Fiume Adda (Adda River) goes from Lago/Lake Lecco to Lago/lake di Garlate, and the town of Lecco is on the north bank.
This Ponte (Bridge) was built by Azzone Visconti between 1.336 and 1.338, and it's also called "Big Bridge".
In the middle of the square, a monument dedicated to the famous italian writer Alessandro Manzoni made by Francesco Confalonieri.