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Lecco (Italian pronunciation: [ˈlekko],[1][2] locally [ˈlɛkko];[1] Lombard: Lecch [lɛk]) is a city of 48,131 inhabitants in Lombardy, northern Italy, 50 kilometres (31 mi) north of Milan, the capital of the province of Lecco. It lies at the end of the south-eastern branch of Lake Como (the branch named Lake of Lecco / Lago di Lecco). The Bergamo Alps rise to the north and east, cut through by the Valsassina of which Lecco marks the southern end.

Lecco
Comune
Città di Lecco
Piazza XX Settembre, in the centre of the town, and the San Martino mountain.
Piazza XX Settembre, in the centre of the town, and the San Martino mountain.
Lecco is located in Italy
Lecco
Lecco
Location of Lecco in Italy
Coordinates: 45°51′N 09°24′E / 45.850°N 9.400°E / 45.850; 9.400Coordinates: 45°51′N 09°24′E / 45.850°N 9.400°E / 45.850; 9.400
Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Province / Metropolitan city Lecco (LC)
Frazioni Acquate, Belledo, Bonacina, Castello, Chiuso, Germanedo, Laorca, Lecco, Maggianico, Malavedo, Olate, Pescarenico, Rancio, San Giovanni, Santo Stefano
Government
 • Mayor Virginio Brivio (PD)
Area
 • Total 45.14 km2 (17.43 sq mi)
Elevation 214 m (702 ft)
Population (December 31, 2013)
 • Total 48,131
 • Density 1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Lecchesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 23900
Dialing code 0341
Patron saint San Nicolò
Saint day December 6
Website Official website

The lake narrows to form the river Adda, so bridges were built to improve road communications with Como and Milan. There are four bridges crossing the river Adda in Lecco: the Azzone Visconti Bridge (1336–1338), the Kennedy Bridge (1956) and the Alessandro Manzoni Bridge (1985) and a railroad bridge.

Its economy used to be based on industry (iron manufacturers), but now it is mainly tertiary.

Lecco was also Alpine Town of the Year 2013.[3]

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HistoryEdit

Archaeological finds demonstrate the presence of Celtic settlement in the area before the arrival of the Romans. The latter built a castrum here and made it an important road hub. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the Lombards captured the town in the 6th century; they were followed by the Franks, who made Lecco the seat of a countship and, later, of a frontier Mark.

Emperor Otto I spent a long time in Lecco, crushing the 964 AD revolt against the Holy Roman Empire led by Lecco's Count Attone. Later it became a possession of the Milanese monastery of St. Ambrose. Conrad II also stayed in Lecco, in the attempt to free it from the church, but as the result of the ensuing wars the city was subjected by Milan. It subsequently followed the history of the Duchy of Milan and of Lombardy. In the early 16th century it was briefly ruled by the condottiere Gian Giacomo Medici.

ArchitectureEdit

Religious architectureEdit

Secular architectureEdit

  • Palazzo delle Paure
  • Ponte Azzone Visconti (noto semplicemente come Ponte Vecchio)
  • Villa Manzoni
  • Memoriale ai Caduti
  • Statua del Manzoni
  • Monuments to Mario Cermenati and to Giuseppe Garibaldi

SportEdit

The town's football team Calcio Lecco 1912 currently play in Serie D . Their traditional rivalry with the team of the city of Como is marked by the so-called Derby del Lario which last took place in the 2009–2010 season when both teams were competing in Lega Pro Prima Divisione.

The main sports facility of the city is the Rigamonti-Ceppi Stadium, where the soccer team trains and plays. It was built in 1922 in honor of the football player Mario Rigamonti and the ex president of the team Mario Ceppi. It can contain almost 5000 people.

Lecco is the finish of the Giro di Lombardia cycling classic which includes the famous Madonna del Ghisallo hill.

Notable peopleEdit

Cultural referencesEdit

Alessandro Manzoni set the events in the first half of The Betrothed in Lecco, a town he knew deeply since he had spent part of his childhood there.

We voyaged by steamer down the Lago di Lecco, through wild mountain scenery, and by hamlets and villas, and disembarked at the town of Lecco. They said it was two hours, by carriage to the ancient city of Bergamo, and that we would arrive there in good season for the railway train. We got an open barouche and a wild, boisterous driver, and set out. It was delightful. We had a fast team and a perfectly smooth road. There were towering cliffs on our left, and the pretty Lago di Lecco on our right, and every now and then it rained on us

Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad, chapter 21.

International relationsEdit

Twin towns – Sister citiesEdit

Lecco is twinned with:

Ethnic groupsEdit

The main ethnic group in Lecco is the Italian one, but there are also many other groups from Europe, Asia, South Asia, Northern America, South America and Africa. In total, ethnic groups in Lecco represent 97 countries. The following demographic counting is made by ISTAT and it is from December 2009:[4]

Country of birth Population (as of 2009)
  Albania 418
  Morocco 281
  Romania 272
  Serbia 257
  Ivory Coast 233
  Senegal 229
  Moldova 209
  Peru 165
  Ukraine 139
  China 119
  Tunisia 104
  Burkina Faso 97
  Sri Lanka 91
  Ecuador 89
  Poland 66
  Egypt 66
  Nigeria 54
  Ethiopia 53
  Dominican Republic 52
  Ghana 45
  Philippines 45
  Kosovo 43
  Benin 41
  Eritrea 41
  Russia 40
  Algeria 40
  Turkey 39
  India 39
  France 37
  Montenegro 36

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Migliorini, Bruno; Tagliavini, Carlo; Fiorelli, Piero. Tommaso Francesco Borri, ed. "Dizionario italiano multimediale e multilingue d'ortografia e di pronunzia". dizionario.rai.it. Rai Eri. Retrieved February 12, 2016. 
  2. ^ Canepari, Luciano. "Dizionario di pronuncia italiana online". dipionline.it. Retrieved February 12, 2016. 
  3. ^ http://www.alpenstaedte.org/de/aktuell/news/4633
  4. ^ "Cittadini Stranieri. Popolazione Residente per Sesso e Cittadinanza al 31 Dicembre 2009 e Bilancio Demografico Anno 2009" (in Italian). ISTAT. 

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