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Comfortable, light and airy, this ground floor apartment is fully equipped and ideally located within the city walls of historic Lucca.
A large living room with comfortable corner settee group sofa-bed, dining table and chairs and an ingenious room divider that incorporates a complete 'open-up' kitchen with hob, fridge and all your cutlery and crockery needs. On the other side of the divider is a double bedroom withthis side of the divider working as a large set of wardrobes for all your holiday stortage needs. A large bathroom with hydromassage shower and washing machine completes this very comfortable and pleasant apartment.
GARDENS & POOL
There is no formal garden or terrace but you can do as the Italians do and sit out near the front door or make for the cities walls where you will find seats and parkland.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Delightful ground floor apartment situated in a quiet street inside the beautiful historical walls of Lucca. This is a perfect location to experience life in historic Lucca whilst remaining with easy access to explore the rest of Tuscany with Pisa, Florence, Siena, the Ligurian Coast, Viareggio, Carrara and the amazing Cinque Terre all within easy reach for sightseeing and day trips. Shops and restaurants are within a short walk of the apartment and bike rentals are available at several locations just inside Lucca's walls.
Surrounded by intact Renaissance walls, Lucca is a completely enclosed and finely preserved medieval city with tight streets and lanes, old houses, towers and palaces as well as over 100 churches. Before the ring wall was built in its current form, it had already been given at least two older and smaller walls, remains of which exist today.
The walls are what make Lucca, they comprise a city park of just over 4km's 3 miles of tree lined walkway of chestnut and ilex trees planted by Marie Louise Bourbon in the 19th century that go right around the city. These shady pathways on Lucca's formidable bastions are busy year-round with couples walking hand in hand, tables of old men playing unfathomable Italian card games, families strolling, children playing, and people on bicycles, from small children to octogenarians.
The defensive walls seen today a complete kidney-shaped circuit built from 1544 to 1654 are Lucca's fourth and most impressive set, standing about 12m high and 30m wide at their base. But Lucca's history goes back to Etruscan and Ancient Roman times. It is first mentioned in 218 B.C., when the Roman general Sempronius regrouped here after an unsuccessful battle with Hannibal. The main streets of the city were the "cardo maximo" which ran in a north-southerly direction corresponding to the modern Via Fillungo, and the "decumano maximo" corresponding to the modern Via S. Croce, which ran in a east-westerly direction.
The nucleus of the city was the forum which was placed at the junction of these two main roads and which corresponds to the present-day Piazza S. Michele, where the church is still referred to as S. Michele in Foro St. Michael in the Forum. The first span of the walls built in the second century B.C. were rectangular in shape, approximately 8 to 9 metres high and built with blocks of travertine that came from local quarries. The walls were roughly 2,500 metres long, corresponding to the modern Via Mordini and Via degli Angeli Sommella in the north Via Galli Tassi, Via S. Domenico, Via Cittadella up to Corso Garibaldi in the west Corso Garibaldi in the south and in the east, Via dell'Angelo Custode and Via della Rosa.
The city had four gates along the circuit of the walls: the "decumanus" linking the east gate of S. Gervasio and the west gate of S. Donato and The "cardo", linking the north gate of S. Frediano and the south gate of S. Pietro. In the second century A.D. the amphitheatre was erected outside the Roman walls while the theatre was built inside.
The site of the amphitheatre is within the present walls and its shape is perfectly preserved by Piazza del Mercato. In 1830, Lorenzo Nottolini restructured the buildings erected on the site of the old amphitheatre giving the piazza the plan it has today.
The city today retains pieces of Ancient architecture. Lucca's great era was in the Gothic just before the Renaissance, and the city contains a wealth of marvellous architecture from that era. Giacomo Puccini, one of Italy's most famous composers, was born in Lucca. But whatever your reason for visiting, no visit to Lucca today is complete without a walk or cycle around the top of the city's defensive walls.
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