Lucca, city of art
Lucca is one of the most important artistic cities in Italy, being well known even abroad for its historical and architectural monuments. Even if we are unsure of who really founded, some say the Ligurians, others suggest the Etrusceans, it became a Roman City in late II° Century B.C and maintained its authonomy through the middle Ages and the Renaissance Period until the Italian Unification.
It’s one of only four Italian cities to have complete and well preserved city walls that date back to the Renaissance period and which surrounds a pretty and intact inner city full of many places of interests.
Even if many monuments and historical villas spot the sight, Lucca has been also known as the ”100 churches city” which can still be found in the old city center, most of them still open for tourists even if not consecrated anymore.
Particularly amazing is the cathedral known as Duomo di San Martino, built around the eleventh century and that went through many different styles refurbishments giving an overwhelming yet somehow harmonious look.
Apart from the churches, Lucca has many other interesting places to offer to who decides to spend some time wandering through it. Starting from the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, built upon the ruins of the roman amphitheatre by Lorenzo Nottolini, you could proceed visiting Piazza del Giglio, where you will find the famous traditional theatre Teatro del Giglio.
Lucca has been the home town of the famous Italian composer Giacomo Puccini and in the house where he was born has been created an historical museum dedicated to the author of some of the most famous operas such as Tosca or Madama Butterfly.
Even if there are so many historical places to see, Lucca has entered the modern age by giving birth to many events concerning more contemporary arts. We can find the Lucca Film Festival, a celebration of the whole concept of cinema, from a more mainstream style to experimental and independent types.
We have the Summer Festival, a musical event with the participation of many artists from all over the world and last but not least, during the Halloween period, Lucca is home of one of the most important festivals concerning videogames and comics. Lucca comics & Games is well known abroad as one of the most important of these kind of festivals.
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