Lucca: Piazza dell'Anfiteatro

Lucca: Piazza dell'Anfiteatro

Pietrasanta, the town below the castle «Rocca di Sala», was founded 1255 by the captain of the city of Lucca, his name was Guiscardo da Pietrasanta. While Carrara focussed on quarrying and exporting raw marble, Pietrasanta focussed on industrial improvement of the valuable material. Each year during summertime, sculptures of various artists are exposed on the Piazza del Duomo.
hiking along the Camaiore River

hiking along the Camaiore River

Today, we hike trough the province of Lucca towards its capital, named Lucca as well.Our trail leads us direction south-east, which means we move away from the Mediterranean Sea, which we will not see any more during our pilgrimage to Rome. Enjoying the sea was a brief pleasure.

Camaiore on our route is a relatively silent, little town. Life is more animated in Lido de Camaiore, 10km away from here on the beach. but still being part of Camaiore. This is specially true during the summer vacation period.

Camaiore

Camaiore

Todays destination Lucca was founded 180 b.C. as a roman colony. Its market place is of oval shape due to the fact that the buildings around the place were built on the foundations of the former roman amphitheatre . This place with the yellow buildings around carries the name «Piazza dell'Anfiteatro». The impressive church San Michele in Foro carries a comparable reference in its name, it was built on the foundations of the former Forum Romanum.

Note(s)

The «Via Francigena» is one of the 3 main christian pilgrimage trails of the Middle Ages, the main axis leading from Canterbury to Rome. This documentation currently covers the most frequented section from Lausanne to Rome.