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San Giusto - Porcari
Porcari
AN ANCIENT CROSSROADS BETWEEN THE FRANCIGENA and VIA CASSIA

Porcari is nestled in the heart of the Lucca area, on the banks of the ancient lake of Sesto, once an important crossroads between the via Francigena and the via Cassia. On his journey back to Canterbury from Rome, Sigerico marked roughly twenty-five stops along this ancient road. Written records of the Castrum Porcari date back to 780, cited by a Lombard group that settled here after leaving Calci.

The town is dominated by an impressive church dedicated to San Giusto, its white-marble façade flanked by a powerful bell tower. From the church’s square, you can enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and nearby towns. Enthusiasts of relaxing, countryside walks can follow a footpath to the nearby town of La Torretta, another panoramic town offering a 360-degree view of the surrounding countryside.

Long ago, Porcari housed a castle: devastated through time, few traces now remain of the structure. The archeological area of Fossa Nera is worth a visit, where you’ll find the ancient ruins of a town dating back to the Bronze Age and the remains of Roman and Etruscan homes.

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