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Nottolini Acqueduct

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The Roman Aqueduct of Lorenzo Nottolini

Acquedotto Nottolini

The Nottolini Aqueduct is a complex of water structures that extends for over 50 kilometers.

The aqueduct consists of a network of canals and aqueducts, some of which date back to the Roman and medieval periods.

The Nottolini Aqueduct was built by the famous Italian engineer Lorenzo Nottolini in 1837. It was designed to provide drinking water to the citizens of Lucca, as well as to supply an irrigation system for the surrounding countryside.

The network extends from Lucca to neighboring municipalities such as Villa Basilica, Pescia, and Capannori.

The Nottolini Aqueduct is a place of great tourist interest. Its structures, especially the wells, have been designed with different styles and materials that reflect the evolution of technology over the centuries.

Some structures include fountains, statues, and deity sculptures.

The Nottolini Aqueduct is an example of how engineering and architecture can be a driving force for the preservation of cultural heritage.

It has recently been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been included among the sites of cultural interest by the Italian government.

It is one of the few aqueducts still in operation in Italy and represents one of the most important testimonies to the history of engineering.

Acquedotto Nottolini

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    Pizzeria da asporto

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    Via della Formica, 94, 55100 Lucca LU

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Massaciuccoli lake

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Massaciuccoli Lake is a place of great beauty located in the Tuscany region, near the city of Lucca. This lake, together with the Lipu Oasis that surrounds it, is an ideal destination for those who love nature and want to enjoy a peaceful and evocative environment.

The Lipu Oasis was created in 1984 to protect the flora and fauna of Lake Massaciuccoli and the surrounding area. This place is a protected area that extends over approximately 270 hectares and includes woods, meadows, reed beds and the lake itself. Here it is possible to admire many species of birds, including herons, peregrine falcons, buzzards and kingfishers.

The area surrounding the Lipu Oasis has been shaped by the presence of man over the centuries and preserves numerous testimonies of its history. Among the most interesting attractions there is certainly the Roman Villa of Massaciuccoli, dating back to the 1st century AD, which offers an interesting window on the Roman past of the region.

But Lake Massaciuccoli and the Lipu Oasis also offer many opportunities for nature and outdoor lovers. There are hiking trails and cycling routes that allow you to discover the beauty of the surrounding nature. Additionally, canoes and kayaks can be rented to explore the lake on your own.

One of the things that make Lake Massaciuccoli and the Lipu Oasis particularly special is their environmental value. Here, in fact, there are many species of plants and animals that are rare or in danger of extinction. For example, the lake is home to several species of fish, including pike and tench, and a variety of aquatic plants, including water lilies.

Furthermore, the presence of the Lipu Oasis has made it possible to conserve and protect many other species of animals and plants, such as the flowering of wild orchids in spring. This place is a concrete example of how man can work to protect the environment and its biodiversity.

Lake Massaciuccoli and the Lipu Oasis are a naturalistic treasure that is worth visiting. Here it is possible to enjoy lush and untouched nature, discover the history of the region and have a unique experience in nature. If you are a lover of the outdoors and natural beauty, you cannot miss this destination.

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Lucca Botanical Garden

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Lucca Botanical Garden

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The Botanical Garden of Lucca is one of the most fascinating and evocative places in the Tuscan city, an oasis of greenery and tranquility that is definitely worth a visit.

Located in Via del Giardino Botanico, 14, the garden was created in 1820, thanks to the initiative of the botanist Carlo Ludovico Salvioni.

The park is home to numerous plants and botanical species from all over the world, including some rare and particular ones. It covers an area of ​​about one and a half hectares, and is divided into various thematic sections, such as that of medicinal plants, that of tropical plants and that of succulent plants.

In addition to the naturalistic beauty, the Botanical Garden of Lucca also offers a rich program of events, such as exhibitions, educational workshops and guided tours, to learn curiosities and information about the flora present. Furthermore, it is possible to buy plants and seeds of some species present in the garden, to bring a piece of this enchanted place into your home.

In conclusion, if you are passionate about nature and plants, the Botanical Garden of Lucca is definitely a stop not to be missed. A real green oasis in the city, where you can spend a few hours in peace and discover the beauty of biodiversity.

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Facilities and attractions nearby

  • Pasticceria Dianda

    Pastry shop

    Via della Rosa, 9, 55100 Lucca LU

  • Gli orti di Via Elisa


    Via Elisa, 17, 55100 Lucca LU

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Guinigi Tower

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Torre Guinigi – the wonderful garden on the clouds of Lucca

Torre Guinigi is undoubtedly one of the historical and architectural symbols of Lucca.

The charm of this magical tower can be fully understood only in one way: climbing the staircase that leads to the top.

You will find yourself in a isante overlooking the entire city, surrounded by a surreal garden, surrounded by a breathtaking view of the historic center and the beautiful hills that collect the entire plain of Lucca.

Nearby attractions and facilities

  • Palazzo Guinigi


    Via Guinigi, 21, 55100 Lucca LU

  • Il Bistrot di Piqui


    Via Sant’Andrea, 54, 55100 Lucca LU

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Piazza Napoleone (Square)

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Piazza Napoleone – the “Piazza Grande” meeting center of Lucca

Piazza Napoleone, almost always called Piazza Grande, is a landmark meeting point of the historic center and welcomes some events and attractions of the city life.

The square, as its name rather large, is located in the south of the historic center, not too far from the walls.

Like all the squares of Lucca is surrounded by historic buildings, in particular stands Palazzo Ducale, now home to offices and periodic cultural exhibitions.

Full of restaurants and historic shops, Piazza Grande is magical during the Christmas period. A large ice skating rink is installed and the horse market and carousel arrive, creating a truly magical atmosphere!

Among the events in which Piazza Napoleone participates, we remember of course the Summer Festival and some stands of Lucca Comics.

Nearby attractions and facilities

  • Da Ciacco

    Restaurant Napoleone, 10, 55100 Lucca LU

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    Pizza Napoleone, 24, 55100 Lucca LU

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Anfiteatro Square

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Piazza Anfiteatro – the splendid nineteenth-century square of Nottolini

Of ancient origins, piazza dell’Anfiteatro comes to life in the first century AD, in the middle of Roman times.

Over the centuries, the square has to face many vicissitudes. With the barbarian invasions, between 300 and 400, the square is practically demolished and for many centuries it takes the name of “caves”, following the use of space as a quarry.

Over the years, many buildings stand in the center of the “square”, until, in 1800, the architect Lorenzo Nottolini will make Piazza Anfiteatro what we know today.

Freeing the square from the buildings of the past, it creates a unique elliptical space, which today continues to fascinate tourists from all over the world, as well as hosting one of the main centers of aggregation of the social life of Lucca.

The square hosted the home of Antonio Possenti, one of the most appreciated contemporary Lucchese artists.

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Nearby attractions and facilities

  • Trattoria da Ubaldo


    Via dell’Anfiteatro, 67, 55100 Lucca LU

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    Via dell’Anfiteatro, 9, 55100 Lucca LU

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