Villa Manzoni: Description
The rooms at the ground floor are the ones dedicated to the celebrated novelist, where relics and documents belonging to the writer can be found, along with furniture and objects of the time of his stay in Lecco. Accompanying the residential rooms is a chapel and the cellars.
On the first floor there is the municipal art gallery, where are exhibited works from the sixteenth to the twentieth century artists Lecco or who have worked in the territory.
The exhibition center of Villa Manzoni hosts the Manzoni Museum, the City Art Gallery, the Archive (including the Fondo Manoscritti with precious manuscripts by Manzoni), the specialized library (20,000 volumes, including the Antique Fund and the Fund Manzoni) and photo library (with materials on the territory of Lecco. The museum had been the mansion of the Manzoni family for two centuries. It was sold by the writer in 1818 to the Scola’s, who maintained it unchanged until the 1960s, when it was given to the Municipality of Lecco. Alessandro Manzoni spent his childhood and adolescence in this house. Today the building hosts the Manzonian Museum, which exhibits in 10 rooms first editions, manuscripts and memorabilia of the life and works of Alessandro Manzoni. In the first floor rooms you can still see the original furnishings belonged to the writer.