Acquedotto del Nottolini

Acquedotto del Nottolini, Lucca

Acquedotto del Nottolini
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Zobator
Hasselt, Limburg Province28 contributions
Great early morning activity
Aug 2021 • Couples
Great morning activity. Right behind the train station you can start this easy to follow path right next to the aqueduct. The path runs on the West side of the aqueduct, so do this in the morning. This way, you'll walk in the shade of the monumental structure. It might get a bit hot once the Sun hits the pathway at around noon. It's surprising how fast you leave behind the busy streets of Lucca and hear nothing more than ciccades and birds (once you've crossed the highway that is). Great activity if you want to mix it up a bit.
Written 3 August 2021
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Xi-Xi F
38 contributions
A Nice Break
Feb 2020
This was a nice break to see something different than the museums and other touristy things and at no cost. A hidden jem.
Written 11 July 2020
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1Yvonne1
New Zealand30 contributions
A great feat of Engineering...
Apr 2019
Duchess Maria Luisa of Bourbon commissioned the project to build the aqueduct in 1823; it was designed by architect Lorenzo Nottolini. The structure begins just behind the train station, at the Cistern of San Concordio, once used to carry water from the mountains into the city and contained 400 arches made from stone stretching for 3.5kms. Today the aqueduct stands in its entirety. I followed the dirt path beside the aqueduct completely captivated by the peaceful surroundings. The full length from the Temple cistern to its end at the Parco dell’Acquedotto takes about 20mins. Words cannot express how truly magnificent this feat of engineering is, just stunning. The path is also a popular cycling track. After every 17 arch there was a decorative buttress constructed to take care of the strength of the structure. However, during the 20th century, 6 arches were removed, and water supply was interrupted for the passage of A11 Motorway that connects Lucca and Capannori. The footbridge over the autostrada felt a bit dodgy, the low railings allowing gusts of wind as large lorries rolled underneath. I was very pleased to reach the other side in one piece. From the overpass I followed the aqueduct a further 2kms where Nottolini’s spectacular arches ended near the town of Guamo. The cistern at Guamo Whence was the first tank that supplied water to the city. It is also where we see the first arch of the aqueduct. The water of the aqueduct was drawn from several springs on the northern slope of Mount of Vorno, then passed through a number of layers of gravel and stone, purifying it before arriving to the temple-cistern of Guamo. From there the water was channelled inside the conduit that you can still admire today. From this point on, the arches are interrupted and the underground conduits begin. The presence of the aqueduct is still easily identifiable thanks to the numerous brick filtering wells (the ancestors of modern manholes) and other cisterns. Following the direction of the underground aqueduct, I reached an enchanting spot, the place where the waters coming from the Serra Vespaiata pass under a small bridge. The architectural innovation of Nottolini is evident in construction of the manufactured waterways that cut gentle curves through the hills between San Quirico and Vorno. From here the waterways give way to forest, then to olive groves and ancient stone houses. Follow the path up through the forest for another 2.3km to the road. From here turn right, 100m down the road is the panoramic point of Gallonzora where you can enjoy views of the Lucca plain to the Apuan Alps. Winding my way down the road the sun is shining, olive trees are bearing fruit, poppies are in bloom. On the way to Lucca you will pass through the villages of Vorno and Guamo. There are a couple of nice churches to check out and one or two cafes worth stopping at.
Written 19 February 2020
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auds1624
Glasgow, UK23 contributions
Beautiful walk with superb views
Jul 2019 • Couples
A delightful walk, peaceful and fairly flat. Plenty waterstops en route. Views back over Lucca and the surrounding countryside are stunning. Highly recommend this for a change from the wonderful art and piazzas!
Written 16 July 2019
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Luke M
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A great secret of Lucca
Jun 2019 • Couples
Riding the trail beside the aqueduct in Lucca was a fantastic way to experience a little Tuscan countryside just out of Lucca. The trail is easily accessed from the Lucca train station. You will have to negotiate the foot bridge over the freeway a few kms out of Lucca, but it’s not hard. If you have the right bike ie. a mountain bike you can get to Pisa. But with a regular city bike it’s a very pleasant 15k ride.
Written 14 July 2019
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A S H
Kolding, Denmark372 contributions
Amazing
Jul 2019 • Couples
The construction is amazing. But more importantly it is a nice and relaxing escape from the busy town. Recommended.
Written 14 July 2019
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Ria T
16 contributions
Tuscan countryside
Jun 2019 • Couples
Beautiful walk through the countryside from Lucca. Impossible to get lost if you stick to the acquaduct as your guide.
Written 19 June 2019
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Peta P
Sydney, Australia295 contributions
Water anybody?
Jun 2019
Fabulous morning stroll. About 8-10km round trip, depending on your start point.
Terrific sight. No cost, beautiful surroundings.
Spend a couple of hours walking the acquaduct - recommend it.
Written 14 June 2019
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Wolb13
Calne, UK28 contributions
Stunning
Apr 2019 • Couples
Worth a wander out of the city for this impressive structure. I so wished to follow it towards the hills but unfortunately we were only visiting for a short while; definitely will return to it. A nice break from the city for a walk or cycle.
Written 1 May 2019
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Sergio
Summerville, SC81 contributions
Just amazing
May 2018 • Family
To me it is a true wonder that the Roman empire was able to build this! And without heavy equipment. It is something you have to see, so put it on your bucket list.
Written 1 April 2019
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