Clarion Collection Hotel Griso Lecco
Strada Provinciale 51
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Arts & Museums
The Moto Guzzi Museum of Mandello del Lario houses a wide variety of exhibits belonging to the Italian motorcycle manufacturer. Over 150 display items including vintage motorcycles, engines, sports bikes and prototypes are on display here. A small exhibition dedicated to motorcycle racing can also be seen here. Short films featuring the history of the Motor Guzzi corporation are screened for visitors during the tour. Entry to the museum is free, however it is only open for an hour during weekdays. Museum is closed in the month of August.
Museo di Scienze Naturali Enrico Caffi is a popular museum devoted to natural history, and is situated in the very heart of the city of Bergamo in Italy. The museum consists of a huge entrance hall, which leads to the exhibitions on the first floor. These exhibits cover a wide spectrum of themes, from biodiversity to the preservation of the environment. The highlight of this place is the 'Cabinet of Wonders' and the reconstruction of a giant mammoth which greets the visitors at the entrance.
For every avid fan of Gaetano Donizetti, a visit to the Donizetti Museum is a must. This tiny treasure house stores a plethora of personal memorabilia of this celebrated opera composer. A stroll through the museum will let you have a glimpse of the musician's music sheets, notation books and his piano as well. You also get to see the deathbed where Donizetti breathed his last. Call for further details.
Museo Matris Domini is a museum housed in Monastero Matris Domini, a Dominican convent, in the city of Bergamo in Italy. The site is managed by the nuns who are a part of the monastery. It is noted for its impressive collection of frescoes dating back to 13th Century. These frescoes are anecdotal in nature, and illustrate a number of prime events which define Christianity, which includes The Last Judgment, Jesus entering the historic city of Jerusalem and The Visitation. The museum also features several 14th-century stained glass windows.
The Pinacoteca gallery, located within the Palazzo dell'Accademia, was founded in 1795 by Count Giacomo Carrara, a merchant collector, who at his death bequeathed his collection to the city of Bergamo. This collection has grown thanks to more acquisitions and private donations. Today the Pinacoteca holds around 1800 works from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries, originating from the Lombard and venetian schools of painting, as well as from Tuscan and Flemish artists. In addition to this collection there is also a large series of prints, bronzes, sculptures, porcelain and furniture. There are rooms dedicated to the Lombard painters, like the seventeenth century painter G.B. Moroni or Lorenzo Lotto. There are also gallery rooms dedicated to the fifteenth century Florentine painters, such as Botticelli, Signorelli, Donatello, Beato Angelico. You can also find examples of Venetian art. The Gallery of Modern Art, next to the Accademia Carrara, has a further collection of prestigious modern works and temporary exhibitions. Check website for more details.
The largest private collection of documents and artefacts about the evolution of the Larian boat is kept in Erba's 18th-century spinning mill, at Pianello, not far from the Church of St. Martin - a 16th-century reconstruction of a medieval oratory, with frescoes by Antonio Caracciolo inside. Inside the mill, there are over 130 sail boats, ranging from transport vehicles to military vessels (including a splendid gondola from the 18th Century), together with implements and accessories which document the local nautical tradition.
The wonderful Swiss Customs Museum, or Museo doganale svizzero as it is locally known, is a museum in the Swiss canton of Ticino on the southern shore of Lake of Lugano. The museum focuses on the interesting history of the rampant smuggling that went on in the valleys of Ticino during the 19th and 20th centuries and all the precautionary measures that the Swiss Federal Customs Administration and the Swiss Border Guard took to prevent it. the adjacent Italian border, beautiful lake and impressive mountains all provide a picturesque setting for the fascinating and unique “smuggler’s museum.” The most distinguishing feature of the quaint museum is that it is only accessible by boats and has no road access. Boats at the Società Navigazione del Lago di Lugano (SNL) can be used to cross the Lugano to reach the museum.
The museum of the service station was founded in 1966 by Guido Fisogni at the start of his work in the building and maintenance of service stations. The collection, one of a kind, has over 7000 pieces which put together the evolution of these industrial products. Inside the museum there are 200 period petrol pumps as well as several oil cans, lubricators, number plates and designs linked to the industry. Admission is free.
This museum is dedicated to Wilhelm Schmid, one of the most important proponents of the New Objectivity art movement. The museum is located in the house where the artist lived until his death in 1971. Please note: from Thursday to Sunday, entrance is free.
Located in a restored 17th Century hospice, this museum presents different exhibits on religious art objects, speleology and geology. The entrance is included with the funicular ticket price.
This museum is particularly interesting because it offers a chance to learn about Swiss natural history through fossils. There are many reproductions of past and present natural environments.
This museum is a tribute to the Swiss sculptor Mario Bernasconi who disappeared in 1963; the museum also honors his wife's paintings. You can admire their works of art and understand their history.