Piazza dell’ Anfiteatro

Piazza dell’Anfiteatro is a square at north-east quadrant of the walled heart of Lucca, an area of Tuscany, Italy. The ring of buildings enclosing the sq follows the elliptical form of the prior 2nd century Ancient Rome Amphitheater of Lucca. The sq could be reached through four gateways located in the four vertices of the ellipse. A crossover is carved to the central tile of the sq with arms pointing to the four doors of the square. The Piazza dell’Anfiteatro in Lucca is today a lively place where tourists can enjoy their food and beverages, but several hundreds of years ago, it is in this very place that gladiators fought for supremacy in front of rapt audiences.

The base of the prior amphitheater is now some 3 meters beneath the center. At its summit, about 18 rows of amphitheater seats held some 10, 000 spectators. Now an urban sq, encompassed by private residences built utilizing the remaining structures of the amphitheater and inhabited by several outdoor cafes, made in 1830 by the architect Lorenzo Nottolini who razed a number of the buildings within the oval. It had been initially refurbished to be a market.

Step back in time and discover what’s behind the oldest square of Lucca.

Piazza dell' Anfiteatro

Piazza dell’ Anfiteatro Photography by Flickr user: Deborah Guber

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How to get there

  • By Train: The nearest station is the Lucca Train Station located 1.1 km away, around 14 minutes walk, you can get to the Lucca station from Florence, in just 1 hour.
  • By Bus: The nearest bus service that runs to Piazza dell’ Anfiteatro is ‘LAM VERDE’.
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Information

  • Province: Province of Lucca.
  • Oldest Square in Lucca.
  • Construction began in the 1st century during the rule of Emperor Claudius.
  • The Square is always open, however, shops around the square have different opening hours.

Location

Address: Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, 55100 Lucca LU, Italy

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