Roman Amphitheatre Or Piazza AnfiteatroCurrently Open
- Address: Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, 55100 Lucca, Italy
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Phone: 39-05834422
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Outdoors, Walking Area, Historical Site, Square, Architecture , Archaeological Site , Amphitheater
The amphitheatre to host the traditional gladiatorial shows and games was built in the second half of the 1st century A.D. This archaeological treasure houses number of building built since then including the work of famous architects like Lorenzo Nottolini. It was renovated and rebuilt multiple times and the proofs of which were discovered in the 19th century. The archeological collectibles include the coins belonging to the reign Emperor Claudius and the inscription that suggest that 100000 sestertii were donated by Quintus Vibius of the Flavian age.
Successively, other buildings, used as houses and, for a certain period, even as prisons, were added to the structures that had survived abandon and plunder. Between 1830 and 1839, following a project by the architect Lorenzo Nottolini, the buildings occupying the ancient arena were pulled down and the inner area, its profile slightly adjusted, became the present day piazza.
The remains of the Roman amphitheatre are preserved, incorporated in buildings bordering the present day Piazza dell' Anfiteatro, in the northern part of the town.
The elliptic shape of the piazza corresponding, to a great extent, to the area of the ancient arena, is the result of a 19th century restoration that permits us to appreciate the volume and the general outline of the ancient monument. Besides, on the outer perimeter, along the present day Via dell' Anfiteatro, we can see some of the original walls, in particular in front of Piazza Scalpellini and to the north, between the eastern gate, the only ancient one that remains and Via del Portico.
- Guided tours are available.
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91.25% of people who visit Lucca include Roman Amphitheatre Or Piazza Anfiteatro in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
33.83% of people start their Roman Amphitheatre Or Piazza Anfiteatro visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Roman Amphitheatre Or Piazza Anfiteatro
55.49% of people prefer walking in order to reach Roman Amphitheatre Or Piazza Anfiteatro
This is the center of Lucca and the place is from the Roman Empire. So interesting and beautiful. There are many shops and restaurants. In the hot and warm seasons you can eat outdoor. So nice view
Lucca is one of my favorite places. There is so much history here. We hired the "singing tour guide". He was better than awesome. Food shopping and sights here are better than a 5
We love Lucca!! Get a bike and just ride around, especially late at night after a few drinks! We got lost and didn't care, it was a cool place to get lost in. Highly recommend checking out everything Lucca has to offer - it's a very underrated city in my opinion.
Extraordinaire piazza! It's something different. An enclosed by beautiful houses piazza. Many cafes and tratorias! Must point!
A beautiful square, and a little ornate for tourists. It is quite interesting to enter it from one of the entrances and into the square which consists of residential buildings, beneath which are restaurants and souvenir shops. But it's just nice to stand in the middle and go around and see everything so plainly. Nice.