Arcobaleno d'Estate: a genial tour!

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That Giacomo Puccini was a motor enthusiast is not a new story. The "genius" of world opera music, a great car enthusiast, began his "car career" by buying, in 1900, a De Dion-Bouton 5 HP, seen at the Milan Exhibition of that year, followed by a Fiat 60, a Clement 14/22 HP, an Isotta Fraschini, a Labuire, an Atala, a new Fiat 501, a Lancia Trikappa and, a few months before his death, he was given the very modern and very expensive Lancia Lambda, with which he made his last trip, on November 4, 1924, to Pisa station and, from there, by train to Brussels, where he lived his last days.


Statua di Giacomo Puccini a Lucca


This passion of his would never have been born without the genius of two other people from Lucca, Father Eugenio Barsanti and Engineer Felice Matteucci, who began to work together to create an engine more practical than the steam engine, and in 1853 they designed the internal combustion internal combustion engine and deposited a memory to protect the property of the invention at the Accademia dei Georgofili. In 1854 they obtained their first certification in London, followed by patents in several European countries. Here you can see the reproduction of the first machine that gave rise to the most widespread means of locomotion which is the car today. Thanks to them, the first impulse was given to the automobile industry. And to the passion of Giacomo Puccini.


Motore a scoppio della Fondazione Barsanti e Matteucci a Lucca


That's not all: on 21 June, on the occasion of the Toscana Arcobaleno d'Estate event, the Turislucca association of tourist guides is offering a visit to the city in the footsteps of Leonardo's genius.
A guided tour inside the city walls and its genius.
A leap in time and space and among the many disciplines in which the Lucchese have been, in their way, "brilliant". A tribute to genius in the year dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci.

The construction of the Urban Walls is ingenious, one of the most important experiments in Italian military engineering since the 15th century, and the aeronaute Vincenzo Lunardi, inventor of the first balloon that ever flew over the skies of Tuscany in 1788, is ingenious. How did it end?


Vincenzo Lunardi di Lucca



The façade of the Church of San Michele, which at the beginning of the 13th century described in a cryptic manner the evolution of the human element towards purification thanks to complex mathematical and ingenious correspondences, is genial!
The painting in the Church of San Paolino, which in the 15th century represented the new techniques of mathematical-geometric perspective.


Chiesa di San Michele a Lucca


Genius technical and surgical skills already present in the eleventh century and that industrial technology that, even before, made Lucca a Silk Valley of the Middle Ages: the only European city able to weave the precious thread that came from the East.
But this is another story.
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Lavorazione della seta a Lucca

Arcobaleno d'estate: events and appointments in Tuscany