Lucca‘s main attractions refer to its ancient history. The shape of the Piazza dell‘Anfiteatro reminds us the Roman amphitheater from the II. Century A.D. Archeological remains of a church from the 12th century and palaces from the following centuries. Legends, ghost stories, anecdotes, traditions make the town worth the discovery. The birthplace of Puccini hosts musical events throughout the whole year. It’s well conserved ancient wall system, which was never used in war, offers a perfect place for a nice walk with a gelato or a ride in bicycle.
Lucca can be considered the isle of peace. Not only today but even in the past centuries. A rich town could always afford strong mercenary troops to be defended and that was what happened exactly with Lucca. Even Lorenzo de Medici had to renounce the idea to conquer Lucca in the 15th century. Wealth, piece, art could develop without obstacles in town. The choice of Napoleon‘s sister to live in town and govern Tuscany from Lucca had advantages even if she could never transformed it a French town.
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Things to See
Lucca‘s hidden ghost stories, legends about famous aristocratic families still enchant the visitors, just like the heritage an important Roman town left in the 1st century B.C and D.C. The only thing needs to be done is exploring them.
Things to Do
In Lucca you can visit the Cathedral or the church of San Michele, which is the only church in town with the square around it. The Amphitheater square talks about glorious days of the Roman empire in ancient times. The wall invites for a nice walk or ride around the town and let‘s not forget about the gastronomy as Lucca offers liqueur and cake tastings, which are always the highlights of a tour.
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