Alessandro Manzoni (Milan, 7 March 1785 – Milan 22 May 1873) was one of the most important cultural personalities of the city in all centuries. Grandson of Cesare Beccaria, enlightened spirit of the Habsburg Milan, the young Alessandro had a very rich and versatile formation that soon led him to develop creativity, inventiveness and critical sense.
The city of Milan is still today imbued with the poetics of Manzoni, not only for the places linked to the life of the man of letters, but also for those he narrated and immortalized in his most famous novel: the Promessi Sposi.
The guided tour will retrace the most salient and suggestive places of Manzoni’s existence and art and the characters of the novel, in an itinerary that, back in time, will lead us back to Renzo and Lucia’s Milan, accompanying us with their words and their emotions. Starting from the area where the Lazzaretto stood, of which a short stretch of walls remain and the church of San Carlo, we will retrace their footsteps and, lulled by the words of the Manzoni novel, we will reach Piazza San Babila and Piazza San Fedele.
Manzoni died of meningitis caused by a trauma that he got by banging his head on one of the steps of the San Fedele church in Milan: the highest authorities of the state attended the funeral. On the anniversary of his death, the following year Giuseppe Verdi composed a Requiem for Manzoni, who he personally directed in the church of San Marco in Milan.
The body of Manzoni was transferred to the Monumental Cemetery of Milan, going to inaugurate the solemnity of the Famedio, city temple of the illustrious Milanese.
N.B. The itinerary does not include a visit to Casa Manzoni, the subject of another guided tour.
- guided tour conducted by a guide with regular professional licence.
- microphone system * for better use of the visit
* The miking system is guaranteed to reach the 15 participants.
What’s not included
- Transportation to reach the meeting point
- Food and drink unless otherwise specified
- Tips (optional)
- Personal extras
15 minuti prima Via San Gregorio 3