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Lucca Round Trip Experience from Florence
"Passengers will have the opportunity to discover the city of Lucca and its treasures in comfort and relaxation traveling in a private Mercedes with a professional driver. Lucca is famous for its Renaissance-era city walls that have remained intact. Extraordinarily as the city grew and modernized the walls that surrounded the old town were maintained. As the walls lost their military importance the top of the walls became a pedestrian promenade today one of Lucca's main attractions. The area around the walls is well taken care of with green grass and trees everywhere along the walls. They have in essence become a park that surrounds the city and blocks out more modern life. Here you can have a stroll tasting a gelato or simply a period of rest from sightseeing on one of the many
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Lucca Round Trip Experience from Florence
"Passengers will have the opportunity to discover the city of Lucca and its treasures in comfort and relaxation traveling in a private Mercedes with a professional driver. Lucca is famous for its Renaissance-era city walls that have remained intact. Extraordinarily as the city grew and modernized the walls that surrounded the old town were maintained. As the walls lost their military importance the top of the walls became a pedestrian promenade today one of Lucca's main attractions. The area around the walls is well taken care of with green grass and trees everywhere along the walls. They have in essence become a park that surrounds the city and blocks out more modern life. Here you can have a stroll tasting a gelato or simply a period of rest from sightseeing on one of the many
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Pisa and Lucca Day Trip from Livorno
"The Pisa Miracles' Square is the most important artistic and tourist centre of the city. In the Square it is possible to admire some monuments creating the centre of religious life of the city the so-called MIRACLES (an expression coined by Gabriele D'Annunzio) for their beauty and originality which synthesize the astonishment and admiration that has captured for centuries all those who crossing the walls embrace its whiteness over the glistening grass. The most important monument is the Leaning Tower when thinking to Pisa there is an immediate link to the famous leaning tower.The monument assumed importance over the centuries thanks to its pronounced slope that made worry and at the same time caught the attention of numerous visitors. Other wonderful monuments tha
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Piazza dell'Anfiteatro

I wasn't especially impressed nor enchanted by Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, in Italy there are so many squares which are far much attractive. The very idea that the town square is formed on the ruins of an ancient Roman amphitheater is praise worthy pursuit. Of the amphitheater, however, nothing was preserved except for traces of its walls on the exterior facade of buildings that make up the circuit.
The square alone is dotted with too many tables in front of numerous cafes and touristy kind of restaurants that offer bad and expensive food. Those who like to show up on such squares, with plate of something called food, came to the right place. Those who like good and inexpensive food should avoid such places.
Not even the forest is nice if trees are densely standing side by side!

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croisbeauty
Sep 06, 2016

Piazza Anfiteatro

The oval Piazza Anfiteatro used to be a Roman amphitheater. During medieval times, houses were built on the Roman remains; later from 1830 the area was used as a marketplace. Nowadays it is a nice meeting point with cafes and restaurants for both locals and tourists.

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The Piazza Anfiteatro is located near the northern end of the main shopping street Via Fillungo.

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HORSCHECK
Oct 22, 2011

A gift from the past

Back when Lucca was a Roman colony, an amphitheatre capable of welcoming 10,000 spectators stood where this elliptical piazza now stands. In the Middle Ages, the city sort of grew around the Amphitheatre so that now that it's gone, we are left with a series of houses that have almost perfectly preserved its shape. It makes for a very unique piazza - in fact, there are four doors through which you can reach the piazza, and these are the same doors that once allowed gladiators to walk into the amphitheatre! The Piazza Anfiteatro is now mostly home to souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants, and there always seems to be a lively atmosphere as visitors eventually converge towards the piazza after a nice day of sightseeing. Its sunny terraces are practically impossible to resist!

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Jefie
Jul 21, 2010

Piazza dell'Anfiteatro

On this spot there was a Roman amphitheater, built in the 2nd century AD, used for spectacles for four centuries, until the 6th century. Then the building began to alter, ending as building material for other houses. The terrain was raised and houses had been built leaving an interior oval of the shape of the old amphitheater. Along the northwest perimeter you can still see a small part of the amphitheater. Today, in the plazza you can have a rest and eat - not the best food though - and I was suprised when I ordered ollio piccante for my pizza and found that they have only regular olive oil, which I had to content with.

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Sep 20, 2009
 
 
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The circular amphiteater -A place to rest

This is a real neat area to relax and enjoy the confines of the buildings. There are vendors in the shops on street level, but not overbearing. The merchandise they sell is of higher quality than in other areas. I liked the open feeling and the trattories to be able eat at. What is no longer here is the real amphitheater, when the square was actually used for events by the Romans. It declined and the buildings were eventually constructed around it, leaving a circular shape that exists today. The amphitheater was torn down in time.

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BruceDunning
Aug 08, 2009

An extraordinary Oval shape "piazza"

The Piazza dell´Anfiteatro is also known as Piazza del Mercato and is one of the most famous places in Lucca. This "piazza" (square) keeps its old oval shape typical of the amphitheaters in the Roman times.

The piazza deserves a visit not only inside the place itself but also outside and around it. The differences between the buildings make this place to be so beautiful in discovering the traces of the old structures and materials.

Inside the Piazza there are located some restaurants (and terraces) and some local shops. Also the piazza is used to open markets as for example happened to us when we were there to celebrate the local festivity of S. Zita and its Flower market.

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tzuki
Jun 11, 2009

an elliptical square?

Piazza Anfiteatro is really a wonder, born on the ruins of the old Romans' anphitheater. After a partial destruction during barbaric invasions, the anphiteather became useless until 1830, when, thanks to the idea of the architect Lorenzo Nottolini, it turned to the present square came. I think is really unique in the world.

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PALLINA
Apr 17, 2009

Piazza

Former a Roman anphitheater, now Piazza dell'Anfiteatro (or del Mercato) it's one of the most famous place in Lucca.

There are a couple of neat shops within the pizza if you are looking for wine or ceramics. I was told it was hard to find local Lucca wine, but I saw it many places.

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Apr 03, 2008
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"Lucca - a Gem of a City"
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Anfiteatro Romano

Roman Lucca was founded in 180 BC, and stones from the ancient Roman amphitheatre have been ransacked over the centuries to build churches and palaces, leaving only a handful of original fragments studded into today's arena-shaped Piazza del Mercato. Slum housing clogged the piazza until 1830, when it was cleared on the orders of Marie Louise, the city's Bourbon ruler at that time. It was then that the amphitheatre's original shape was revealed. Low archways at the piazza's cardinal points mark the gates through which beasts and gladiators would once have entered the arena.

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Jul 08, 2005

Piazza dell'Anfiteatro

Former a Roman anphitheater, now Piazza dell'Anfiteatro (or del Mercato) it's one of the most famous place in Lucca.
This "piazza" mantains its old oval shape typical of the anphitheaters in roman's age, because the houses that have been built lay on the ancient basement.
Walking on the external ring of the anphitheater it is possible to see some trace of the oldest structure.
During the Middle Ages the anphitheater has been pillaged of its marbles and the interior has been filled with low wodden houses.
In 19th centrury a famous architect of Lucca, Lorenzo Nottolini, created the "piazza" as you can see in present days allocating it to one of the city markets (in fact it is also called Piazza del Mercato).
Now it has function of market only in the month of December, the rest of the year it's a very beautiful round with a lot of nice shops and cafes with tables outside. In July it is possible to find some concert in.
In spring it's wonderful to see the all houses around adorned with florid plants of red geranium.

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illudiumqh36
Jan 26, 2005

Piazza dell’ Anfiteatro

The Piazza dell’ Anfiteatro is an oval-shaped piazza that occupies the site of a former Roman amphitheater. The surrounding buildings were built on the theater's foundations. You have to actually go through an archway under the residences in order to reach the piazza. Today the piazza is full of shops and outdoor cafes as it acts as a central gathering place.

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Blatherwick
Dec 30, 2004

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This piazza is built on the site of the old Roman ampitheatre, which originally lay outside the Roman walls. Over the centuries, the ampitheatre was pillaged for stone and marble, and eventually the site was built over. The houses used the Roman basements and foundations, and so the elliptical shape survived. In 1830, the architect Lorenzo Nottolini created the current piazza by clearing all the buildings inside the arena and completing the circle with an uninterrupted line of houses.

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Nov 27, 2004

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Palazzo Mansi

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Palazzo Pfanner

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Guinigi Tower - Torre Guinigi

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