Piazza Anfiteatro, Lucca

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Located in the historic heart of the city, Piazza Anfiteatro was constructed over an ancient Roman amphitheater. The onetime amphitheater, built as a vast entertainment complex just outside the Roman town, became a centrally located plaza during the medieval period. Today, the oval-shaped square is lined with houses, cafes, and restaurants. The square’s central sections were used for vegetable patches until the 19th century, when a local architect named Lorenzo Nottolini redesigned the space, demolishing some of the old structures and creating a new public area over the ancient foundations. Parts of the original amphitheater still rest below the paved surface, with a few ancient remains visible in the buildings enclosing the square. With our custom trip planner, Lucca attractions like Piazza Anfiteatro can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Area Amphitheater is located in the North of the old town, just 200 metres from the Basilica of San Frediano. From the street Via dell'Anfiteatro four gates lead to the square. In the 1st century a.d. on this place was built the Roman Amphitheater, which, judging from the largest square, had a very impressive size. In the middle ages, the building was used as a fortress, but during the time of barbarian invasions was destroyed, turned into a kind of quarry, where the townspeople took the stone and other building materials. Gradually and this place became built up with apartment houses, and the shape and dimensions of the amphitheatre. In the first half of the 19th century square upgrading started seriously: demolished buildings in the Center and a paved street Via dell'Anfiteatro. The area became a market. Now the first floors of different sized, but same-colored buildings placed under square, cafes and restaurants, while the upper floors are definitely living on the narrow balkonchikah-dried clothes. It convinced me that the place of living, and not merely a tourist. And although the amphitheatre ruins buried under three-metre layer of the Earth, but the walls of many buildings along Via dell'Anfiteatro (from the outside) are still visible traces of the upper tiers of the ancient structure.
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  • On the ruins of the ancient Roman amphitheatre, partially still visible on the exterior, we now have this beautiful square, to see.
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  • Beautiful square takes its name from its round shape. totally free from cars though is perhaps a little too touristy as the square face numerous restaurants. CMQ deserves to sit and breathe a bit of tranquility
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