Lucca is one of the main art cities in Italy, popular as well abroad, especially for its city walls from XV-XVI century, long 4.450 meters, all around the historical city center.
Then, also the city center is completely intact in its original look, with several prestigious buildings like the many middle-aged churches, towers, bell towers, and monumental palaces of fine stylistic linearity.
This city boasts as well pleasant urban spaces: the most famous is certainly the Anfiteatro square, born on the ruins of the ancient roman theatre, thanks to the architect Lorenzo Nottolini, unique in Italy. The main central street is Via Fillungo, with the most important shops of the city. Other suggestive squares are Piazza San Michele, historical cornerstone of the city and Piazza San Martino, religious cornerstone, with its well-known San Martino church.
Pietrasanta is an Italian district with 24.931 inhabitants in the Lucca province, Tuscany.
Is the administrative center of Versilia and an important center for the marble and bronze manufacturing, junction of sculptors coming from all over the world.
Thanks to a tidy historical center, rich of monuments, this village has turned, along the years, into an art city, with several galleries and great seasonal shows in the Duomo square and the Sant’Agostino church.
Rising to Capriglia and Capezzano Monte, two little villages at 350 meters on the sea level, you can enjoy a nice view on Ligure Sea and Tirreno Sea, with a landscape that extends from Palmaria Island, in the Spezia gulf, to the Livorno coastline and Gorgona Island. In the sunny days you can easily spot the Elba Island and the Corsica.
In Vallecchia you can find the Santo Stefano “pieve”.
Strettoia is a separated hamlet from the rest of the municipal district, thanks to the Senator Montauti from Lucca, whose sponsors where the Counts Siemens-Schuckert, living in Lucca, owners of a part of the coast pine-woods.
Viareggio is an Italian district of 64.564 inhabitants in the Lucca province, Tuscany.
The city was born in the first half of XVI century, when it was the only window on the sea for the Lucca Republic. In that age the Matilde Tower, the most ancient building of the city, was built as a defensive fortification in 1541 from the Viareggio people, to fight the threat coming from the barbarous privateers.
Viareggio is well known not only to be a nice seaside holiday city, but also for the popular Carnival, began in 1873, with its great floats made of papier-maché, that parade along the main walking avenue of the city. The official Mask is “Burlamacco”, created in 1930 by Umberto Bonetti. During the show there are as well collateral parties usually from Friday to Sunday. Viareggio is also known for its eclectic buildings, liberty and deco style, and to be the city of famous artists like Lorenzo Viani, Federico Bagnoli, Alfredo Catarsini, Renato Santini, Mario Marcucci, Eugenio Pardini, Inaco Biancalana, Galileo Chini, Alfredo Belluomini, Giorgio Michetti e Luisa Cellai.
The city is an active industrial and artisan center, especially in the ships manufacturing, well known in all over the world. As well the fishing and the floriculture al very important.
Viareggio is the headquarter of several prizes and shows like the “Viareggio Répaci literature prize”, found in 1929, the “Viareggio sport prize”, found in 1985, and the “World Carnival Trophy Viareggio”, found in 1949.
Even the Festival Gaber is a very importat show, in memory of Giorgio Gaber, with popular artists from the Italian music overview (since 2004). The city is as well known to be the birthplace of the director Mario Monicelli, the actress Stefania Sandrelli and the former Italian national football team manager Marcello Lippi.
Forte dei Marmi is an Italian district with 7.749 inhabitants in the Lucca province. It is a seaside city on Tirreno sea and its name is coming from the fort located in the city center wanted by Granduca Pietro Leopoldo, to defend the approach to the town. Not far you can see the stunning Apuane Alps, rich of precious marbles.
In Forte dei Marmi the Princess Paola Ruffo di Calabria, currently queen of Belgium. This city is well known by the high society, as several important people like sportmen, showman and popular enterprenauses are used to spend their summer holidays here. The symbol of this town is the Fort, from XVIII century, today surrounded by very modern buildings and streets full of trees. As well the inside of the Fort, where you can find the Museum of the Caricature, one of the most important in the world. By the sea there is the loader jetty, once used to board huge marble blocks to be delivered to all over the world and today, this jetty, is used as a pier by a local ferry to Cinque Terre.
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