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LUCCA, 17km northeast of Pisa, is the most graceful of Tuscany's provincial capitals, set inside an imposing ring of Renaissance walls fronted by gardens and huge bastions. Charming and quiet out of season, Lucca's narrow streets become busier in summer, but never as thronged as those of Florence or Siena. The city's heyday was the eleventh to fourteenth centuries, when the silk trade brought wealth and, for a time, political power. Lucca first lost its independence to Pisa in 1314, then, under Castruccio Castracani, forged an empire in the west of Tuscany. Pisa and Pistoia both fell, and, but for …
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Hotel Ilaria e Residenza dell Alba

The Hotel Ilaria and the Residenza dell'Alba are situated in the center of Lucca, within the Renaissance walls. Approaching to a medieval door and overlooking on a secular park ...

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Piazza Napoleone

Piazza Napoleone is a plaza in the heart of Lucca, which is dedicated to Napoleon, whose sister Elisa reigned in Lucca between 1805 to 1815. Many old settlements had to be ...