The Last Lion of the Roman Amphitheatre in Lucca

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I have lost count of the number of times a disorientated tourist has stopped me to ask where the  Roman amphitheatre can be found especially when I find myself in Via Fillungo (the main shopping street of Lucca) near the church of San Frediano.  I can comprehend their puzzlement when I point to a narrow street where the buildings aligned hide from view the remains of the amphitheatre which dates from the I – II century ad.  Few people realize that to stand before a simple Renaissance or late Gothic palazzo (building) in Lucca is like having Doctor Jekyll or Mr Hyde before you:  you have two or more personalities within the same body.  In this town, it is often more interesting to not stop at external appearances, but investigate further, get to the roots, and discover with pleasant...