Tourist Attraction in Lecco: Palazzotto di don Rodrigo
The Don Rodrigo Mansion is a building located on the Zucco promontory in Lecco. The villa, rebuilt in 1938, is considered according to Manzoni topography scholars such as the residence of Don Rodrigo described in the novel I Promessi Sposi. Quotation of: Alessandro Manzoni, The Promised Spouses, Chapter VIII, 1840 Don Rodrigo's palace, with its flat tower, high above the casings clustered to the foothills of the promontory, seemed fierce that, in the darkness, in the midst of a company Fall asleep, watch over, meditating on a crime. The residence of Don Rodrigo rises like a small square fortress on a hill reflecting the character of the master considered not as a fearsome master but as a mediocre tyrannus that does not feel like his ancestors. In Manzoni's novel, he speaks a lot about Don Rodrigo's inferiority complex, returning often to the fact that this gentleman feels powerful only in his home, detaching the place where he exercised his dominion over the country of the two promises. The description of the palace takes place with the eyes of Fra Cristoforo and at first it gives a somewhat threatening atmosphere to the place but this first appearance will be diminished with the description of the castle of the Unnamed, a place that incites great terror. Don Rodrigo's Mansion was built during the sixteenth century in the locality of Olate on commission of the noble Arrigoni of Introbio, who were protagonists of a long faade against the Manzoni family, the ancestors of the writer (reason for which it motivated him as residence of the 'Antagonist of the novel). The property subsequently passed to a descending Spanish count of the Salazar family. Don Rodrigo's palace is present at the beginning of Chapter V when Fra Cristoforo decides to depart from the noble in the vain attempt to make him withdraw from his intentions on Lucia and his weddings. The interior of the building is never described in detail, except that it is the noble residence of a nobleman and it means that there are many halls and lounges: the dining room is shown directly where Don Rodrigo is at When he received the visit of Father Christopher (Chapter V), then another secluded room where the next cappuccino interview (Chapter VI) takes place, and which will be said later that on the walls Portraits of the Lord's ancestors (Chapter VII). The palace is still mentioned at the end of Chapter VIII, when Renzo, Agnese and Lucia leave the village on the boat and observe the landscape on which the lady's palace dominates from the top with a bold and left look. The place returns to the end of the story (chapter XXXVIII) when Don Rodrigo is now dead of plague, and in the country his marquis heir has arrived to take possession of his possessions: the gentleman, morally righteous and old-fashioned, decides to Help the two promises and receive them in the building, where Renzo and Lucia come accompanied by Fr Abbondio, Agnese and the Mercante.