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Lucca, a fortified town rising amidst vineyards and olive trees in the hills of Tuscany, is one of the main art cities in Italy. The most important European textile center since the Middle Ages, it keeps track of a rich history in the elegant and majestic villas with magnificent parks outside the walls, that once were the residences of the wealthy families active in the silk trade. What amazes most the visitors, however, are the Renaissance walls of the XV century surrounding the historic core of the city. The works promoted in the XIX century by Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi, in honor of her brother Napoleon, led to the current structure of the central square Piazza Napoleone. The city also boasts many medieval churches of great architectural impact which make it gain the nickname of “the City of 100 Churches”. Lucca is one of the prides of Tuscany for its beauty and enchanting atmosphere and, thanks to this, many foreign visitors, after visiting the city and admiring its culture, choose it as a place to establish their second residence.