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Roman Lucca

Roman Lucca

Lucca was founded by the Romans in 180 B.C., at the end of the war against the Apuani, who had put up stern resistance to the advance of Rome. The layout of the city retains the imprint of the Roman settlement, which spanned the area inside the walls in regular blocks: today one of the city’s most delightful squares, with its Church of San Michele “in Foro”, lies where the Forum once stood at the intersection between the two main streets of the Roman city, the Cardine and the Decumanus Maximus,. The construction of the Theatre, renovation of the Forum and full urbanisation date back to the time of Augustus, while the Amphitheatre was built in the second half of the 1st century A.D.

Hypothetical map of Roman Lucca (Drawing by Francesco Corni)

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