The Padule di Fucecchio is the largest Italian swamp. Containing about 8 square miles, it is located on the border of Pistoia and Florence provinces. The territory represents a remarkable tourist attraction, for both bird watching and nature photography and is a draw for local duck hunters.
Piazza dell'Anfiteatro is in the center of the walled Tuscan city of Lucca. The ring of buildings surrounding the square were built on the foundation stones of an elliptically shaped second century Roman Amphitheater. There are four gates entering the piazza and a cross is carved into the central tile of the square pointing to each of the portals. The massive elevated earth and stone wall surrounding the city adds to the livability of this beautiful Renaissance town--it is a park enjoyed my families with children, cyclists, joggers and tourists alike.