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Lucca

Located on the left of the river Serchio, the province of Lucca is bordered by the provinces of Pisa, Florence, Pistoia and Massa, and, along with the latter, occupies the northernmost part of the region of Tuscany.
The city of Lucca has a medieval layout, although it originated in Roman times, as witnessed by the beautiful amphitheater constructed in the second century A.D. and the traces of the Roman walls. The city enjoyed its maximum grandeur during the middle ages thanks to its silk industry and bankers, despite its continually alternating fortunes due to the fighting between the Guelfs and Ghibellines and the wars between Pisa and Florence.
Lucca is one of Italy's principal "cities of art", and is famous above all for the large wall that surrounds it, built between the 15th and 17th centuries. Still intact and well preserved, particularly because it was never used for defense purposes, this wall has been transformed into a pleasant promenade that extends all around the historic city center. Also the monumental city center has conserved its original features with numerous buildings of architectural importance. The many suggestive urban spaces include the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, the narrow, medieval street Via Fillungo, along which one finds the city's principal shops, Piazza San Michele and Piazza San Martino, which is

the center of the city's religious life insofar as this is the site of the famous Duomo di San Martino. The presence of so many medieval churches with their remarkable architecture, has led to Lucca's nickname "city of the 100 churches", including the abovementioned Cathedral di San Martino, the Basilica di San Frediano, the church of San Michele in Foro, and the Certosa di Farneta.
The city surroundings present a marvelous natural landscape, with luxurious country villas built mostly in the 17th and 18th centuries.
The city's many important cultural events include Lucca Comics, Italy's most important comics fair (late October to mid-November), the Lucca Digital Photo Fest, a large journalistic-photographic exhibit (end November to mid-December), and Summerfestival, a musical event held in Piazza Napoleone in July.
A tradition that has been maintained over the centuries is the production of local gastronomic specialties: visitors are encouraged to try the buccellato - a typical ring shaped sweet of Lucca that dates back to the Roman era, castagnaccio - a sort of cake made with chestnut flour, and necci - rustic forerunners of crepes, but made with chestnut flour.
Lucca is also famous as the birthplace of famous musicians, such as Giacomo Puccini, Luigi Boccherini and Alfredo Catalani.

Sightseeing

The city at the spiritual and geographical heart of the Italian renaissance:
Florence

The beautiful wine district, famous throughout the world for its picturesque hills, vineyards and olive groves:
Chianti

The northern tuscany coast offers history, sandy beaches and entertainment:
Versilia

The ancient city of Lucca, with its original walls still intact:
> Lucca

Siena, the home of the world-famous medieval bareback horse race:
Siena

The city that is home to the most famous leaning tower in the world:
Pisa

A day out in ...

COLOGNORA

Well worth a visit, this magnificently preserved 16th century town with its stone houses is located in the commune of Pescaglia in the Garfagnana area. The town was the principal setting of Spike Lee's latest film "Miracle at St.Anna".

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