European Vacation – September 17/19 – Lucca, Italy (Part 3) – Piazza dell’ Anfiteatro – Surrounded by History

PIazza dell’ Anfiteatro is a public square in the walled city of Lucca. The ring of buildings surrounding this square is built on the remains of the 2nd century Roman amphitheatre. Some elements of the amphitheatre are still visible.

The base of the amphitheatre is 3 meters below the center of the piazza. When in use, the amphitheatre had 18 tiers of seats that could seat 10,000 spectators.

The piazza now houses a few restaurants and is surrounded by private residences built on the old structure, starting in the 1830s, when it was designed to be a marketplace.

(Source:Wikipedia)

While the anfiteatro was fascinating, we found the centre of the piazza to be too exposed to the late morning sun and moved on to find a cafe in the shade.

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