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Piazza Dell'anfiteatro Lucca Italy Early Morning
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The Piazza dell'Anfiteatro is one of the main historic touristic sights in Lucca Italy. I found a great B&B just outside this open piazza with the result that I walked through it at all times of day. While at night it was lively with all the open cafes, by far my favorite time was the early morning before sunrise when all was peaceful. But in the 1st and 2nd centuries CE, things weren’t so peaceful. It was an important Roman site of entertainment and games of strength where gladiators battled in front of up to 10,000 spectators in 18 rows of seats of an open amphitheater. By the sixth century the amphitheater was in decline and many buildings were built with the crumbling remains. The piazza took on its current form between 1830 and 1839, when architect Lorenzo Nottolini (who also designed the aquaduct and some of the city’s fountains) demolished some of the buildings crowding the inside of the arena and restored its structure by using the original elliptical plan. The base of the amphitheater is now buried about nine feet below the center, and the remaining vaults and arches have been incorporated into the modern shops, cafes, and houses that circle the plaza. Indeed, on the outside of the structure, it is easy to find some of the ancient remains incorporated into the modern walls.
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