The Viscontea Tower
The Visconti Tower is the only part of the fortifications of Visconti origin that has survived intact from the demolitions decreed at the end of the 18th century. The fortified village, triangular in shape, was completely surrounded by defensive walls since the time of Azzone Visconti.
The actual castle in the seventeenth century housed the Spanish garrison mentioned by Alessandro Manzoni in I Promessi Sposi and occupied an area of about 1,200 square meters.
In 1782, as part of the reforms desired by Emperor Joseph II, the military stronghold of Lecco was abolished, allowing the urban development of the center and the castle was sold to private individuals. Today only the fourteenth-century tower remains of the Visconti castle following the urban and industrial development of the city. On the ground floor are still visible the lodgings of the guardhouse and some stone cannonballs. The first floor has been renovated and used as a space for temporary exhibitions, created by Si.M.U.L in collaboration with local authorities and associations.