Lucca

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What is Lucca famous for?

It is famous for its intact Renaissance -era city walls. Lucca was founded by the Etruscans (there are traces of an earlier Ligurian settlement in the 3rd century BC called Luk meaning marsh in which the name Lucca originated) and became a Roman colony in 180 BC.

Who plundered Lucca and why?

At one point, Lucca was plundered by Odoacer, the first Germanic King of Italy. Lucca was an important city and fortress even in the sixth century, when Narses besieged it for several months in 553.

When did Lucca become an independent city?

After the death of Matilda of Tuscany, the city began to constitute itself an independent commune with a charter in 1160. For almost 500 years, Lucca remained an independent republic.

Who was the ruler of Lucca in the Middle Ages?

In 1273 and again in 1277, Lucca was ruled by a Guelph capitano del popolo (captain of the people) named Luchetto Gattilusio. In 1314, internal discord allowed Uguccione della Faggiuola of Pisa to make himself lord of Lucca.

Why should you visit Lucca?

Because the historic centre is enclosed by city walls, Lucca has managed to convincingly preserve its heritage. Everywhere you go in Lucca’s old town reflects a look of a city from centuries ago.

What is the history of Lucca?

Originally this city was founded by the Etruscans and was then a Roman colony around 180 BC. During the Roman era, Lucca served as an important meeting place for Julius Caesar and Crassus. In later years, the city was an independent republic for nearly 500 years as part of feudal Italy.

Is Lucca the best city in Italy?

I’m always a fan of walled cities and Lucca has to be one of the best. Because the historic centre is enclosed by city walls, Lucca has managed to convincingly preserve its heritage. Everywhere you go in Lucca’s old town reflects a look of a city from centuries ago.

Who plundered Lucca and why?

At one point, Lucca was plundered by Odoacer, the first Germanic King of Italy. Lucca was an important city and fortress even in the sixth century, when Narses besieged it for several months in 553.

How long was Lucca an independent Republic?

For more than 500 years, Lucca remained as an independent republic. At the end of the 12th century Lucca and other cities of Tuscany created an alliance to fight the neighbor feudal lords and subjugate their lands. This allowed Lucca and Florence in particular to control large territories and to compete for the military supremacy in the region.

What is the history of Lucca Italy?

Lucca had been the second largest Italian city state (after Venice) with a republican constitution (comune) to remain independent over the centuries. Between 1799 and 1800 it was contended by the French and Austrian armies. Finally the French prevailed and granted a democratic constitution in the 1801.

When did the French conquer Lucca?

Five months later in July 1799, after the French army retreated, forces of the Austrian Habsburg Monarchy conquered the city and established a Provisional government In middle 1800 the French army returned, reconquering Lucca.

Who plundered Lucca and why?

At one point, Lucca was plundered by Odoacer, the first Germanic King of Italy. Lucca was an important city and fortress even in the sixth century, when Narses besieged it for several months in 553.

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