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Piazza Anfiteatro

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Piazza Anfiteatro

5,168 Reviews
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The only authentic wine tour in Lucca.<br><br>Two wineries. Two different ways of making wines, different opinions, and different methods, but united by the same aim: producing the best wine of Lucca.<br>I will pick you up at your accommodation with my van, and I will drive you through the hills of Tuscany.<br>For every winery we will visit the cellar where you will discover all the secrets about Tuscan wine, thanks to the explanations and the life stories of the farmers. Than, you will taste 3 wines of the production.<br>Every wine will be matched with products from the garden and some specialties, like finocchiona or pecorino cheese, plus a final dessert... a dip in the Tuscan table culture!<br>You won't be hungry :)<br><br>"It's not just drinking wine: we want to make you know the real Tuscany and to tell you the story of our roots"<br><br>N.B.:<br>! The price includes the transportation and the guided tour, but not the cost of the tastings: you will pay 15€ per person at every winery, directly on the spot !
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Bandit-One wrote a review Jan 2021
Lucerne, Switzerland6094 contributions860 helpful votes
This spot is a must-see when in Lucca. It's actually an old roman amphitheatre and held up to 10'000 spectators back in its time. After the Roman downfall it wasn't used as such anymore and was falling apart partly. In the end being used just for salt storage. Luckily in the 19th Century it was being rebuilt to what it is today. The shape is still visible as are some parts of the old Amphitheatre. Now it's a lively spacious square with lots of restaurants and cafés and shops. Since 2006 together with the old town of Lucca part of the UNESCO world heritage. It's fun to have a walk around the Anfiteatro, sitting down and having a drink, watching the world go by. A beautiful spot.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Mile A wrote a review Nov 2020
Dieren, The Netherlands26 contributions24 helpful votes
One of the many nice places in the city of Lucca. Enjoyed walking around with my wife. Even between the corona periods...
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Date of experience: August 2020
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bruno l wrote a review Oct 2020
Singapore, Singapore747 contributions298 helpful votes
The place has kept the original round shape of a Roman amphitheater - impressive row of buildings around and a great place to enjoy your aperitivo at the end of the day :)
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Date of experience: August 2020
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MustTravel wrote a review Oct 2020
Cape Town Central, South Africa112 contributions57 helpful votes
If you are planning to visit Lucca dont skip Piazza Anfiteatro. The piazza boast a few curio shops and restaurants and I can recommend Pizzicheria La Grotta for lunch. Most of waiters speaks a bit of english. The Anfiteatro can be very busy but it is worth stopping and looking up and around to appreciate the beauty. During certain days you will be lucky to find little markets of local goods and flowers.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Asiyah Noemi K wrote a review Sep 2020
Pula, Croatia4419 contributions37764 helpful votes
This is a beautiful square with a great atmosphere. Today it is one of the favorite places for tourists in the historic center of Lucca, but Piazza Anfiteatro has an ancient and glorious past behind it. The name alone already says what its original function was. The amphitheater and the theater were built by the Romans in Lucca between the 1st-2nd century AD. As was the case for every city they founded, the theater, reserved for the wealthier classes, was built within the walls (in Lucca its remains are where the church of Sant'Agostino is located) while the amphitheater, due of the shows that took place there, such as the fights between gladiators in which even the lowest social classes could attend, were located outside the walls, both to facilitate the movement of spectators from outside the city and for the fear of popular revolts. Over the centuries, the amphitheater had various uses: from a quarry for the material, it became a deposit for salt, a powder keg and even a prison, until the arrival of the architect Lorenzo Nottolini appointed Royal Architect in 1818 by the Bourbons. At the time of Carlo Lodovico Nottolini he carried out his most important urban interventions in Lucca, including the complete restoration of the Piazza Anfiteatro which was to be completed in 1838. He eliminated all the buildings that were in the ancient arena, delimiting the elliptical perimeter of the area with the creation of the external road that runs along it (via dell'Anfiteatro) and leaving only the houses that traced the original amphitheater, he created new doors for access to the square that thus became four and in the new space the city food market was positioned, which was previously in San Michele. In 1972 the market was moved to the Carmine church and the square was finally free from any encumbrance.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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