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The Clock Tower and the Guinigi Tower

Karina Mamalygo
The walls of Lucca are unique in all Italy since they are the only city walls to survive completely intact in whole peninsular. However visitors to the city are also attracted by two mediaeval…
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Piazza del Giglio and il Teatro del Giglio

Karina Mamalygo
Piazza del Giglio is located nearby Piazza Napoleone. It is the home of the Teatro del Giglio- the Giglio Theatre, an important centre of culture in Lucca. It takes its name from the three…
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Palazzo Pfanner

Karina Mamalygo
Of the many 17th-century buildings in the town, one of the most beautiful must be Palazzo Pfanner. It was commissioned by a noble family, the Moriconi in 1660. Over the centuries the Palace has…
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Piazza Napoleone and Palazzo Ducale

Karina Mamalygo
The largest square of Lucca is dedicated to Napoleon. It is also called “Piazza Grande” and has a long history. When Castruccio Castracani ruled the city he built an enormous fortress- the Fortezza Augusta.…
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Basilica of San Frediano

Karina Mamalygo
The starting point for the processions which take place in Lucca twice a year is the Basilica of San Frediano. During the night between the 13th and 14th of September a candlelit procession, the…
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Duomo San Martino 3 rid

Duomo di San Martino- The Cathedral

Karina Mamalygo
    According to legend the first church dedicated to St Martin of Tour was founded by the Archbishop of Lucca, Saint Frediano, who was born in Ireland. We know St Martin was admired…
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The Basilica of “Saint Michael’s in the Forum”

Karina Mamalygo
    Apart from the old amphitheatre another area where the townsfolk liked to meet is the square in front of the church of San Michele, the site of the Roman Forum. Piazza San Michele is…
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The Amphitheatre Square

Karina Mamalygo
It is still possible to see the remains of Roman theatres and arenas in many European cities. Often when barbarian invaders seized cities and they would occupy new areas on the outskirts of the…
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