Lecco

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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 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 45.93 km2 (17.73 sq mi)
Elevation 214 m (702 ft)
Population (December 31, 2010)
 • Total 48,114
 • Density 1,000/km2 (2,700/sq mi)
Demonym 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

Lecco About this sound listen  (Lombard: Lecch [ˈlɛk]) is a city of c. 47,760 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.

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 is also Alpine Town of the Year 2013.[1]

History[edit]

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, quenching the 964 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.

During World War II it was an important centre of the partisan war against the German occupation.

Sport[edit]

The town’s football team Calcio Lecco 1912 currently play in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione. 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.

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

Notable people[edit]

Cultural references[edit]

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 relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Lecco is twinned with:

Ethnic groups[edit]

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:[2]

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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