Piazza Anfiteatro
Piazza Anfiteatro
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This city square is built on an ancient Roman amphitheater situated in the heart of Lucca's historical center.
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  • LulaCardona
    Lisbon, Portugal259 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Serendipitous Discovery: Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, Lucca
    Wandering through the quaint streets of Lucca, a charming city nestled within Tuscany's embrace, one may stumble upon a treasure that is Piazza dell'Anfiteatro. Our recent visit there unfolded as an enchanting tale that began almost without us realizing it. Meandering through a labyrinth of narrow alleys, our eyes were drawn to an inconspicuous bicycle leaning against a sun-kissed wall. As we followed the path, the narrow passage suddenly gave way to an unexpected revelation—a magnificent oval square, encircled by charming, pastel-hued buildings. It was as if we had stepped into a different world, one that whispered secrets of a time long past. For Piazza dell'Anfiteatro is not merely a picturesque spot; it stands on the very ground that once hosted a grand Roman amphitheatre. The history of this square is as rich as its appearance is delightful. Built in the 1st century AD, the amphitheatre once resonated with the cheers of spectators, enthralled by gladiatorial battles and theatrical performances. Though the original structure has since given way to residential buildings, the Piazza still retains its characteristic oval shape, a nod to its glorious past. Our experience was elevated to an almost ethereal level when the sweet strains of an accordion began to fill the air, playing lilting local tunes. It was as if the square itself was welcoming us, wrapping us in its warm embrace. The Piazza dell'Anfiteatro is more than just a historic site; it's a living, breathing entity that continues to pulse with life. Restaurants and cafes, housed within the buildings that trace the outline of the old amphitheatre, beckon with the aromas of Italian cuisine. Artists and musicians lend a soulful touch, creating an atmosphere that's both vibrant and soothing. As we sat at one of the restaurants, sipping on fine Tuscan wine and taking in the scenery, the Piazza seemed to speak to us. It told us stories of battles and celebrations, of everyday life and extraordinary events. It shared with us the very essence of Lucca, a city that elegantly balances its rich history with a zest for the present. Our visit to Piazza dell'Anfiteatro was not planned; it was a delightful surprise, a serendipitous encounter that left us enamored. It is a place that beckons you to linger, to explore, and to immerse yourself in its multifaceted charm. A visit to Lucca would be incomplete without a stroll through this splendid square, a gem that captures both the heart and imagination.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 August 2023
  • sherry m
    Fort Myers, Florida27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A easily accessible medieval town! Excellent food tour with guide who pointed out all the historically significant place
    Lucca was an easy town to walk around in. Lots of squares to sit and enjoy an aperitif in. Lots of stores running sales to shop in. We did a guided walking eating tour that was very good.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 August 2023
  • angeleyes27
    Brigantine, New Jersey5,203 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Public square once an 1st century amphitheater
    This area is a square (actually a round circle) with cafe's and shops. It was once a Roman amphitheater where gladiator shows took place and later fortified. You enter through quaint arches and are encircled by shops, cafes and other buildings. I found it picturesque.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 February 2024
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Michael C
London, UK411 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Large open space on the site of the old amphitheatre - nothing to see. The large oval 'square' is now a space of cafes, restaurantys and tourist shops.

Worth a look but we did not stay.
Written 7 April 2024
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angeleyes27
Brigantine, NJ5,203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This area is a square (actually a round circle) with cafe's and shops. It was once a Roman amphitheater where gladiator shows took place and later fortified. You enter through quaint arches and are encircled by shops, cafes and other buildings. I found it picturesque.
Written 24 February 2024
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flippables
Plainsboro, NJ16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We love Lucca, and this was our second trip to visit a beautiful place full of history, music and great architecture. We traveled all across the world to make this trip, listened to Puccini's operas, learned about Italian history and architecture. This was our 9th trip to Italy where we love to come for its uniqueness, history and beauty.

We come and what do we find ... a huge obnoxious promotional tent that takes up an entire plaza, so high that it is impossible to even see the other side of the plaza. A tent from one of the American companies, looking so obnoxious and foreign in this beautiful piazza. Similar huge tents from other international promoters (mostly American) were blocking famous churches, piazzas and views all across Lucca. Please understand the irony of the situation... we take a long expensive journey halfway across the world to see a different culture, architecture and connect to different traditions just to see a pretty tasteless huge advertisement for the culture we tried to escape on our vacation. Honestly, it felt like the soul of the city was deliberately desecrated by our times and popular "culture" (the parenthesis is intentional).

I understand that Comic-Con was an event many local people looked forward to, provably and event that made a city of Lucca quite a bit of money. But for the tourists like me, who return to the place once visited and loved for its history and culture it felt almost like the soul of the place was sold for money to the crowd who did not appreciate its treasures. Honestly, this tent could have been anywhere in the city, outside of the walls even better. But if it needed to be there for the event it should have been designed in the way that does not block the entire piazza and fits better with the character of the place. Several smaller tents in styles or colors that are harmonious with the architecture could have been an acceptable compromise. Restrictions on the height and the size are sorely needed in places like that - this could be a healthy compromise that will help the city to make some money, young people have their fun, promoters get their word out, but would not be such a fat spit in the face of the people who come to visit Lucca for what it is known - tradition, culture, history and architecture.
I hope the city officials understand that presenting the city in this way can spoil its reputation for many years to come and to many people who come with their hearts and wallets open to experience Lucca for the first and only time in their lives. I also hope the city official understand that tourists who want to learn about Italian culture should not be ignored, and there are young Italians who should feel that their Italian culture is just as important if not more important than a half-baked low quality Hollywood production. Comic-Con is an event that is usually held in some modern huge convention center - why was there a need to use historical landmarks for that? To me a Russian born American, who visited Italy 9 times, tried to learn Italian, and has many beloved places in this beautiful country it felt like Italians were ready to sell its culture, traditions and history for cheap and flashy trinkets. These are harsh words I would not apologize for. Italians have a lot to be proud of, much of which they seem to take for granted. If it takes a strange foreigner to say those harsh words - so be it.
I wish Lucca finds a good compromise for hosting events such as Comic-Con, the one that is more befitting this beautiful city full of tradition that people yearn to come to see from all over the world.
Written 8 November 2023
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Winelover19
Derbyshire, UK577 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Great piazza to sit and enjoy local food and drink day or night, always lots going on and food available from snacks to full restaurant.
Written 28 October 2023
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Marchell
Leicestershire, UK1,106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A wonderful Piazza with plenty of restaurants around its perimeter for drinks and food in the late afternoon sunshine. Loved it!
Written 18 October 2023
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Christina B
Trowbridge, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Lovely atmosphere especially if you take time to sit and people watch. We went to three separate bars/ restaurants and enjoyed them all.
Written 8 October 2023
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Sami
Hove, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
The Piazza Anfiteatro is a charming spot to unwind and enjoy a coffee. It has plenty of shops and cafes all around the old Roman amphitheater. I highly recommend it to anyone exploring Lucca.
Written 7 September 2023
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LSQRD1
Kent, OH815 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
This is a great piazza to check out when you are in Lucca. The oval shape is unique and there are loads of restaurants and a few shops along the interior. If you are in Lucca, I would definitely check this piazza out.
Written 23 August 2023
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sherry m
Fort Myers, FL27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Lucca was an easy town to walk around in. Lots of squares to sit and enjoy an aperitif in. Lots of stores running sales to shop in. We did a guided walking eating tour that was very good.
Written 19 August 2023
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LulaCardona
Lisbon, Portugal259 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Wandering through the quaint streets of Lucca, a charming city nestled within Tuscany's embrace, one may stumble upon a treasure that is Piazza dell'Anfiteatro. Our recent visit there unfolded as an enchanting tale that began almost without us realizing it.

Meandering through a labyrinth of narrow alleys, our eyes were drawn to an inconspicuous bicycle leaning against a sun-kissed wall. As we followed the path, the narrow passage suddenly gave way to an unexpected revelation—a magnificent oval square, encircled by charming, pastel-hued buildings.

It was as if we had stepped into a different world, one that whispered secrets of a time long past. For Piazza dell'Anfiteatro is not merely a picturesque spot; it stands on the very ground that once hosted a grand Roman amphitheatre.

The history of this square is as rich as its appearance is delightful. Built in the 1st century AD, the amphitheatre once resonated with the cheers of spectators, enthralled by gladiatorial battles and theatrical performances. Though the original structure has since given way to residential buildings, the Piazza still retains its characteristic oval shape, a nod to its glorious past.

Our experience was elevated to an almost ethereal level when the sweet strains of an accordion began to fill the air, playing lilting local tunes. It was as if the square itself was welcoming us, wrapping us in its warm embrace.

The Piazza dell'Anfiteatro is more than just a historic site; it's a living, breathing entity that continues to pulse with life. Restaurants and cafes, housed within the buildings that trace the outline of the old amphitheatre, beckon with the aromas of Italian cuisine. Artists and musicians lend a soulful touch, creating an atmosphere that's both vibrant and soothing.

As we sat at one of the restaurants, sipping on fine Tuscan wine and taking in the scenery, the Piazza seemed to speak to us. It told us stories of battles and celebrations, of everyday life and extraordinary events. It shared with us the very essence of Lucca, a city that elegantly balances its rich history with a zest for the present.

Our visit to Piazza dell'Anfiteatro was not planned; it was a delightful surprise, a serendipitous encounter that left us enamored. It is a place that beckons you to linger, to explore, and to immerse yourself in its multifaceted charm. A visit to Lucca would be incomplete without a stroll through this splendid square, a gem that captures both the heart and imagination.
Written 10 August 2023
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