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Our journey takes us principally to the old city of Lucca, for centuries independent until seized by Napoleon, who made his sister, Elisa Baciocchi, and her husband its rulers. Lucca was the birth-place of Boccherini and of Puccini and for some time Paganini was employed at the Baciocchi court. 1 - 3. The Old Town 4 - 6. San Martino Cathedral 7. San Michele Basilica 8. Narrow Streets 9. San Frediano Basilica 10 - 12. Streets, Squares, Shops and Market 13 - 15. Orsetti Palace 16 - 18. The Ramparts The Music Violinist, priest and most prolific composer, Antonio Vivaldi was born in Venice in 1678 and spent most of his life there, associated for much of the time with the Ospedale della Pietà, a charitable institution for girls, with a strong musical tradition. The music for the tour is taken from concertos for various wind instruments.
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