Plaque outside the Palazzo dei Priori Volterra Arco Etrusco © Duomo © Museo d’Arte Sacra © Museo Guarnacci © Piazza dei Priori © Pinacoteca e Museo Civico © Teatro Romano © hy Parking H Tourist information Northern Tuscany Lucca’s Piazza del Mercato, echoing the shape of the original Roman amphitheatre Of all the regions of tuscany, this one offers something for everyone. The historic towns are riclo in art, architecture and music festivals, while many sporting activities can be enjoyed along the coast or in the mountains. The landscape, too, is marked by a vast range of features, from marble quarries to market gardens, andfrom mountain ranges and nature reserves to beaches. The heavily populated Lucchese plain between Florence and Lucca is dominated by industry: the textile factories of Prato produce three out of every four woollen garments exported from Italy. But in spite of their large suburbs, cities such as Prato, Pistoia and, above all, Lucca have rewarding churches, museums and galleries within their historic city centres. The land between the cities is fertile and is therefore intensively cultivated. Asparagus and cut flowers are two of the most important crops, and the wholesale flower market at Pescia is one of the biggest in Italy. East of Lucca towards Pescia are garden centres and nurseries where huge quantities of young trees and shrubs are grown in long, neat rows. North of the Lucchese plain the scenery is very different again.
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