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Monumental Aqueduct Park

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From the valley temple, which contains the settling tank, a path runs along the aqueduct up to Mount Pisano, crossing the countryside south of Lucca, crossing the Ozzeri and Rogio canals and the Verciano wood, a natural alder wood, with willows and elms, and one of the few spontaneous woods still present in the plain of Lucca.

A walk along the arches of the Nottolini aqueduct in Lucca


Behind the railway station of Lucca starts, or more precisely ends the Nottolini aqueduct, which runs underground from here to the city centre to provide excellent drinking water to the fountains of the historic centre. It was the architect himself who did not want to touch the imposing building of the Renaissance walls, stopping the arches of the aqueduct shortly before.

413 arches, a monument in the countryside, follow one another for about three kilometers before reaching the slopes of Mount Pisano. Here, another small temple / cistern marks the point where the aqueduct runs underground again and enters the wood until it reaches the area of ​​the springs. On a small bridge near the springs, an inscription commemorates the completion date of the works, in 1836, and their promoter, Carlo Ludovico di Borbone. Everyone in Lucca knows this place with the name of "the golden words". The water from these springs, one of the best mineral waters of the area, is more appreciated by many locals than the one sold in bottles.

If you have travelled the path the other way round starting from the sources to the historic center of Lucca, a short tour of the city’s fountains is essential to conclude the itinerary. In piazza Antelminelli there is a low basin surrounded by pillars, in piazza del Salvatore the beautiful Naiade fountain and, along via dei fossi, the two fountains designed by Lorenzo Nottolini himself.