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The Walls of Lucca

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On the Walls, around the city

The Walls

Lucca’s walls, with their leafy walks and rich history, are over 4 km in length. In total, four sets of walls were constructed successively over the centuries. The first, built in the 2nd century B.C. of travertine stone blocks, was 2,700 m long and remained in use for almost 1,400 years. In the 13th century, the need for improved defences resulted in the construction of walls made from stone and brick and punctuated by semi-circular towers, which also flanked the city’s gates, two of which the Porta San Gervasio and the Porta dei Borghi remain today. Settlements grew up around the gates, resulting in an extension of the walls in the mid-15th century. The Renaissance walls were begun at the start of the 16th century and completed in the mid-17th century. During the 19th century they ceased to be required for defence and became a park where the public could walk in the tree-lined avenues.

The Wall (Photo by Mario Ciampi).