Our Studentessa Matta explores the city of Lucca and its walls.
Lucca was founded by the Etruscans and then became a Roman colony and there are still a few traces of the ancient Roman walls visible. During the middle ages a new wall was begun and the walls continued to grow along with the expansion of the city. The last major fortification of the city was driven by a perceived threat of the Medici’s of Firenze and work was resumed on the walls in 1545 and finished in 1650. To consolidate the enormous mass of earth, trees were planted on top of the walls.