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 (13361338), 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.
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.
Minor Basilica of San Nicol
Santa Marta, Lecco
San Giovanni Battista
Santi Materno e Lucia
San Francesco d'Assisi
Santi Gervasio e Protasio
Chiesa di Castello
Madonna della Rovinata
Santuario di Nostra Signora della Vittoria
Santa Maria Gloriosa
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 20092010 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.
Alessandro Manzoni (17851873), poet and novelist, author of I promessi sposi, belonged to an old family of Lecco.
Antonio Stoppani (18241891), geologist and palaeontologist.
Antonio Ghislanzoni (18241893), journalist, poet, and novelist; he wrote many librettos for Verdi, including La forza del destino and Aida.
Carlo Mauri (19301982), climber and explorer.
Roberto Castelli (born 1946), Senator, former Minister of Justice during the government of Silvio Berlusconi 20012006.
Roberto Formigoni (born 1947), a Catholic conservative politician; President of Lombardy since 1995.
Antonio Rossi (born 1968), a canoeist and five-time Olympic medalist in kayak flatwater canoeing.
Sandro Salsano (born 1979), a businessman and philanthropist, chairman and president of Salsano Group.