Piazza Anfiteatro, Lucca

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Located in the historic heart of the city, Piazza Anfiteatro was constructed over an ancient Roman amphitheater. The onetime amphitheater, built as a vast entertainment complex just outside the Roman town, became a centrally located plaza during the medieval period. Today, the oval-shaped square is lined with houses, cafes, and restaurants. The square’s central sections were used for vegetable patches until the 19th century, when a local architect named Lorenzo Nottolini redesigned the space, demolishing some of the old structures and creating a new public area over the ancient foundations. Parts of the original amphitheater still rest below the paved surface, with a few ancient remains visible in the buildings enclosing the square. With our custom trip planner, Lucca attractions like Piazza Anfiteatro can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Our guide took us here. What a beautiful and unique Piazza. Lots of good restaurants line the inside of this oval shaped Piazza. There are many great shops as well. It is a local area with all the bal...  more »
  • The piazza dell'anfiteatro, as the name implies, it keeps perfectly the ellipsoidal shape of the ancient Roman amphitheatre. Above it were buildings and if you do all the way around the square every now and then you may see some exhibit. The facades of the houses are painted in various colors, several clubs, bars, restaurants and shops liven up the square. The square is located near the most beautiful street of Lucca, Via Fillungo that deserves a nice walk.
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  • I love visiting the piazza. It's busy with people most of the time, either sightseeing or grabbing a meal at the many restaurants that are located there. As it's such a popular place though the restaurants are fairly expensive and occasionally the quality isn't as good as it could be. Definity worth a visit though just for the scenery and the hustle and bustle.
  • Super beautiful and unique square ❤️ I haven't seen anything like it !! At the moment you enter, you felt like you are in roman times, the square has maintained its special shape. Its yellow color with green windows/door. You can find a lot of restaurants, bars and shops all over the square :) l seriously loved it! 😍
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