2011: 150th Anniversary of Italian Unity.
The territory “Distretto Turistico dei Laghi, Monti e Valli” celebrates two protagonists of that historical period of Italy, who played an important role from a political and cultural point of view and had glorious days on Lake Maggiore: philosopher-priest Antonio Rosmini from Rovereto (Tn) and writer Alessandro Manzoni from Milan.
„Villa Ducale” in Stresa (Vb) was Rosmini’s dwelling since 1848 (Corso Umberto I, 15; Tel. +39 0323 30091; www.rosmini.it).
There he was used to meet Marquis Gustavo from Cavour, San Giovanni Bosco, Cardinals Newman and Wiseman, Ruggero Bonghi as well as Alessandro Manzoni.
Inside now one can see the original bedroom where he died in 1855, the historical archive and the library.
In Lesa (No) there is „Villa Stampa“ where Alessandro Manzoni spent holidays with his wife Teresa Borri Stampa.
A museum dedicated to the famous author of “I promessi sposi“ is nowadays open to the public there. In one of the halls of the Villa Manzoni’s piano, desk, pen and several books as well as his friend Giulio Carcano’s personal objects and working tools can be admired.
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