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Lucca is one of Tuscany’s most popular destinations . Most of the attractions show the town’s ancient history: from the trace of the Roman amphitheater that can be seen in the shape of the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro to the various towers and villas from the 12th to 16th centuries . The city of Lucca became prosperous through its silk trade that began at the end of Middle Ages. During the 8th-10th c. Lucca was known for its merchants and luxury artisans.
Don’t miss The Cathedral of St. Martin with its precious relic of the Volto Santo di Lucca, or Sacred Countenance. Traditional legend says the wood crucifix with the image of Christ was carved by Nicodemus, a disciple of Christ, and the sacred cross was miraculously conveyed to Lucca in 782. The Cathedral is also custodian to the renowned tomb of Ilaria del Carretto, an Italian noblewoman and wife of Paolo Guinigi, the lord of Lucca from 1400 to 1430, who commissioned the sculptor, Jacopo della Quercia, to create a marble tomb for her after her death at 26 years of age.
The walls that surround the historical centre of Lucca represent the only entirely walkable rampart remaining in Europe and date back to the Renaissance although Lucca was a fortified city already in Roman times. Enjoy a stroll or a bike ride around the entire perimeter – from here, you can enjoy beautiful views over the charming and historic town centre.
From Lucca you can easily reach the lush green Serchio Valley (30 kms to the north) and the renowned Versilia coast with Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi (25 kms north west) as well as Pietrasanta, a living indoor and outdoor museum where visitors can breathe the Michelangelo-esque air in the workshops and art galleries of this charming town surrounded by the Apuan Alps.