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Lecco
Travel Guide

Lecco featuring mountains, a bay or harbour and a coastal town

Historic architecture, stunning natural beauty, fascinating museums and alpine sports make this one of Lake Como’s liveliest destinations. 

The busy lakeside city of Lecco blends centuries-old villas and pretty squares with mountain sports and scenic landscapes. Lecco sits at the southernmost point of the eastern arm of Lake Como, framed by attractive countryside and rugged mountains. The city dates back to the Roman era, grew rapidly during the 18th century and has long been a favored destination of artists and poets.

Lecco’s historic heart spreads along the eastern banks of the River Adda. Walk or cycle along its waterfront promenade while enjoying uninterrupted lake and mountain views. Go to Piazza Mario Cermenati and admire the traditional Italianate buildings. Visit Basilica di San Nicolò, the city’s cathedral. Step inside to see its lavish gilded décor and frescos.

A short walk from the cathedral is Piazza XX Settembre, a large square dominated by the medieval La Torre di Viscontea (Viscontea Tower). Today, the tower houses the Museum of the Mountain and Alpinism. Discover more local history at the Museo di Storia Naturale (Museum of Natural History), set in the impressive Palazzo Belgiojoso. Learn about the life of Alessandro Manzoni at Museo Manzoni, once the childhood home of the acclaimed writer and poet.

Typical of Italian and Lake Como towns, Lecco boasts a wealth of cafés, pizzerias and trattorias. Try tasty focaccia breads topped with locally produced semi-soft cheese such as taleggio.

Don’t miss the chance to explore the surrounding landscapes. Ride the cable car to Piani d’Erna, a plateau on Mount Resegone. Marvel at the sweeping views, follow hiking trails or enjoy winter activities, including downhill skiing and snowboarding. Go to Adda Nord Park for its wildlife, archeological sites and castle ruins.

Lecco is a 1-hour drive from Milan and about a 40-minute drive from Como. Buses and ferries connect the city with the lake’s other towns and villages. Many visit Lecco on daytrips before moving onto other Lake Como destinations such as Bellagio and Varenna. However, with historical and natural attractions, a vibrant café culture and a range of accommodations, it is worth lingering a while amid the city’s captivating charms.

Foresteria Solosonno
Foresteria Solosonno
Via Lazzaretto, 14, Lecco, Lombardy
The price is £54 per night from 17 Apr to 18 Apr

Situated in Lecco, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Branch of Lecco, Ponte Azzone Visconti and Palace of Fears. Palace Bovara and Monte Barro Regional ...

4.4/5Excellent! (36 reviews)

"The only drawback is the parking situation. There was a lack of refreshment facilities."…"

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2019

Foresteria Solosonno
NH Lecco Pontevecchio
NH Lecco Pontevecchio
4 out of 5
Via Azzone Visconti, 84, Lecco, LC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £83 per night from 16 Apr to 17 Apr

Located in the heart of Lecco, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Ponte Azzone Visconti and 13.7 mi (22 km) from Monte Due Mani. Lecco Station is 13 minutes ...

4.3/5Excellent! (610 reviews)
Amazing

"It was amazing:)"…"

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2020

NH Lecco Pontevecchio
Hotel Alberi
Hotel Alberi
3 out of 5
Lungo Lario Isonzo 4, Piazza Affari, Lecco, LC
The price is £89 per night from 21 Apr to 22 Apr

Located in the heart of Lecco, this golf hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Branch of Lecco and Palace of Fears. Palace Bovara and Monte Barro Regional Park ...

4.4/5Excellent! (151 reviews)

"Very friendly and helpful staff!"…"

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2019

Hotel Alberi
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LUNGOLAGO HOLIDAY HOME
LUNGOLAGO HOLIDAY HOME
Lungolario Isonzo 13, Lecco

Situated in Lecco, this property is steps away from Branch of Lecco and Palace of Fears. Palace Bovara and Stadio Rigamonti-Ceppi are also within 15 minutes. ...

LUNGOLAGO HOLIDAY HOME
Remo
Remo
Via Roma 41, Lecco
The price is £112 per night from 12 May to 13 May

Situated in Lecco, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Palace of Fears, Branch of Lecco and Palace Bovara. Ponte Azzone Visconti and Villa Manzoni ...

Remo
GALLERIA ROMA STUDIO
GALLERIA ROMA STUDIO
Piazza Mazzini, 8, Lecco, Lombardy
The price is £123 per night from 30 Apr to 1 May

Situated in Lecco, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Palace of Fears, Branch of Lecco and Palace Bovara. Ponte Azzone Visconti and Villa ...

4/5Very Good! (2 reviews)

"Appartemento carino e spazioso in pieno centro, ma la pulizia inesistente. Ho dovuto totalmente pulire il bagno, dai sanitari alle mattonelle pieni di peli e polvere e bon parliamo del pavimento. Un po' di manutenzione non guasterebbe: tavoletta del gabinetto rotta e pulsante dello sciacquone ..."…"

Reviewed on 29 May 2019

GALLERIA ROMA STUDIO
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Anne

29 Oct 2019

A lovely city with a lovely shopping area. Very pretty walks along the water .

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28 Jun 2019

Lovely town, nice place, spectacular scenery surrounded by the mini alps. Train station is good. Seems to be a lack of buses.

4/5 - Good

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5 May 2019

Lecco is small but is well situated for exploring lake Como. Note however that lake ferries to the central area around Bellagio etc only operate 7 days a week in high season.

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