Santa Maria della Rotonda

Santa Maria della Rotonda

The church now houses the permanent archives on the history of emigration.


The church of Santa Maria della Rotonda is located in the northwest part of the Palazzo. It was first documented in 1131, and was included in the sale of the Augusta Fortress in 1322 by Castruccio Castracani, Lord of Lucca. In 1428, it was aggregated to the nearby church of Sant’Alessandro Maggiore. It was the former home of the Tailor’s Company Association, and then of the Misericordia. The current building had been restructured sometime in the late-1700s and early-1800s. This is when the internal vault was frescoed by Ippolito Marracci. In the vault, he created fake architectural elements and a depiction of the Madonna. In 2000, the chapel was restructured for the Jubilee, and since then, has housed the permanent archive collection of Paolo Cresci on the history of emigration.

Torre del Lago Puccini
Sunny beaches, fresh pine groves, ever-calm sea: paradise itself
In addition to the original epithet Torre del Lago, named after an age-old guard tower built between the 15th and 16th centuries on the western shore of the lake, Puccini was added recently, in tribute to the great composer, who loved the landscape that sparked his creative genius so much that he never had any desire to leave the place. ...