This is Lucca

Day 15: Monday, April 25, 2005

Piazza Anfiteatro

(Piazza of the Amphitheatre)

Parts of the Original Roman Walls

This apartment house was built from the walls of a Roman amphitheater that dates back to the 2nd century AD. The curve of the theater is most noticable along the roof line. The theater was built on an elliptical plan with two rows of 54 arcades and a maximum capacity of 10,000 spectators. Beginning in the Middle Ages, houses were built over the ruins. Over the course of time the piazza developed its characteristic elliptical shape, with buildings all around it. The ancient remains are still quite evident today. The colorful piazza was restored in 1830. Enlivened by shops and cafes, it is still at the center of cultural activities, music festivals, and fairs. This picture is of a wall outside the piazza.

Aerial View of Piazza Anfiteatro

Alexandra Explains

They're having a market day today, come on, lets go in and see what's going on.

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