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Lucca - Piazza dell'Anfiteatro Romano
Tuscany - Lucca (Air view of Piazza dell'Anfiteatro Romano)
Although Lucca owes its birth to the Liguariens, Etruscans and Romans, it was not until about the 3rd century BC that, thanks to the Romans, Lucca took on the aspect of an important centre, becaming a well known Roman piazza. Around 180 BC became a Latin colony and in 89 BC a Roman municipality. In this fortress town, Cesar, Pompey, and Crassus agreed to rule Rome as a triumvirate in 56 BC. This is where the Roman amphitheater once stood; its medieval buildings built over the amphitheater retain its original oval shape and brick arches.