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Lucca is one of Tuscany┬┤s gems, a haven of religious buildings, interesting history and fabulous places to eat. Lucca is certainly a must visit on a trip to Tuscany and also serves as a good connection to other towns.
Of Etruscan origin, it belonged to the Romans and then proclaimed itself independent and stayed so for 5 centuries, with just a short period in which it was in the hands of the Pisans. When Napoleon took the region, it became a principality with his sister in command. Then Lucca fell to the Bourbons and finally it became part of the Kingdom of Italy.
Lucca is at present an important source of agricultural products and has been left fairly intact due to its long peacefu periods.