The main street of Lucca has a curious name: “Il Filungo.” A street of silence and pleasure, the only noises are the voices of people as they walk by and the chiming bells of Romanesque churches. “Il Filungo” is the heart of Lucca, beautiful and tranquil city of the main routes of mass tourism. It connects the marble facade of the Duomo with Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, the city’s unique and elegant “drawing-room.” In an aisle of the Cathedral, the sarcophagus of Ilaria Del Carretto: the moving masterpiece of Jacopo Della Quercia. Lucca's famous walls conceal beautiful palaces. A square tower, Torre Guinigi, rises above the red canopies. Two trees were planted on this medieval building in the hope that the tower would tilt and compete with the Leaning Tower of Pisa. At the end of May, the archers of the city and their opponents from Massa Marittima in Palio della Balestra fill the medieval streets of Lucca. Outside the city walls, between the hills of the Apennines, there are beautiful villas, from Segromigno to Camigliano, from Matraia to Marlia; rural architecture triumphs in Tuscany. Nearby is Collodi, the birthplace of the Pinocchio doll.
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