Acquedotto del Nottolini
Acquedotto del Nottolini
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Kim H
Perth, Australia83 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Friends
There is an underpass at the Lucca train station, with a ramp, so it is ok to take your bike.
Go through the underpass (heading South, away from the walled town) and turn left into Via Nottolini. After 50 metres, turn right into Via Tempietto. The large, stone , dome like construction is the beginning of the aqueduct. You can walk or cycle the dirt path underneath it for about 3.5ks (be aware, if you cycle, you will need to carry your bike over the footbridge which crosses the motorway).
When you reach the foot of the hills (3,5ks or so) you can follow the aqueduct a further 1 or 2 ks easy climb up into the hills to it's source. We cycled at first, then walked to the source, which is a series of old brickwork constructions, small bridges etc used to originally gather the water. Beautiful scenery. Great views. A really enjoyable morning.
Written April 19, 2016
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C16VEH
Leek, UK499 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Solo
I came across the aquaduct while planning my trip to Lucca. IThe article I read did explain that it wasnt easy to find unless you know where to look. It's worth doing satellite view of the aquaduct to see where it goes.

After going through the station underpass turning left onto Via Nottolini and then right up Via Tempietto you finally find it. Even then the first tower hides the view of the aquaduct until you start to round it.

I walked the full length stopping to refill my water bottle at the taps along the way. As you near the hills and go past the end tower you need to look out for the path at times. Keep your bearing in your head and you will find the source.

It's well worth walking to the far end and exploring the old waterways in the nearby hills that feed the aquaduct. A modern plant has replaced the old system but it doesn't detract from the beauty.
Written July 23, 2016
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Urssie
Arnhem, The Netherlands235 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
Its not on most tourist maps you find in Lucca itself, but it sure is a great thing to look at. From the rail-station, leave at the back, go left and then first right and you can see the beginning (or the end depending in where you start) of the aqua-duct, that's been build by the Romans. Think about that when you look up to the huge structure. Some restoration work is started, but we saw no one at the site. A path runs right next to the aqua-duct. We walked all the way up to the woods and beyond. It goes on forever. Every now and then you can fill up your water bottle as do the locals who seem to get their water here in stead of the tap in their home. We have seen several townsfolk filling up water bottles and jerrycans to take home in car or on their bikes. This aqua duct really is not to be missed. Such a shame they demolished a few meters to put the motorway there. But you can take the passenger bridge to take you to the other side. And then it goes on for kilometers. They should take more care of old structures like this. It is such a marvel of how things where done in the past. You can see a much longer aqua duct on the way to Pisa, but it is in a much worse state than this gem.
There is one restaurant along the way, but notice it is not always open. The path is not really suitable for wheelchair, because you have to cross two bridges (the one across the motorway and one over a small river).
Written October 16, 2014
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Nicky H
Rathlin Island, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
The aguaduct starts behind the station, you can go through the station and do a left and there it is WOW. How it's still intact I don't know.There's a little path that runs alongside and very soon you are out of lovely Lucca into fields and silence. When the aguaduct has finished, thats not the end of it. From here on it's on foot up the wooded hills following amazing Mayan type buildings that go on and on.What an engineering feet.. It must be quite something when the rains fill the channels and rush down the race. Met a lovely American couple and shared a picnic. They wanted to take us to the only restaurant,highly recommended, for a drink but it was closed could have been Monday,can't remember.
Written October 21, 2013
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Dilemo
Osprey, FL162 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Solo
Firstly, it isn't Notolini - it's Nottolini. This is an acqueduct built in the 19th century by the eponymous architect to provide drinking water to the city of Lucca from springs which rise in the hills of Guamo a little to the south of the city. It isn't exactly a tourist attraction but it is an impressive piece of architecture looking for all the world like a 2000-year-old Roman acqueduct. Unfortunately, modernity caused part of it to be demolished to make way for a road and I still haven't worked out how the water still manages to flow to the various fountains dotted around the inside of the old city from which anyone can drink at any time - they flow unceasingly. But beware! I got sworn at many years ago by an old lady who saw me filling a plastic bottle from one of them - this was a sacrilege since such good water merited a clean glass vessel which would not contaminate the taste.
Written September 14, 2012
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MJHS
Toronto, Canada77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Family
The acquedotto del Nottolini is an engineering marvel,the water now flows underground. It is a lovely ,easy walk into the countryside south of Lucca.
Great outing...
Written February 9, 2014
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Dropback10
Rock Hill, SC359 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Couples
The aquaduct has two extra pleasures associated with visiting it. Of course, it is a marvelous piece if architecture, but the short bike ride to it from the walled city is a pleasure and easy to do. While riding along the dirt track next to the aquaduct you can stop for a great/ cheap meal at the only restaurant we saw. The clientele was local, blue collar and we joined right in.
Written January 7, 2013
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Ken M
Santa Cruz, CA108 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018
A great diversion from the non-stop food-fest that a trip to Lucca can quickly become. We started at the cistern end and walked the length. A very nice walk with several EXCELLENT water sources along the way - locals were filling baskets on one-liter bottles at all of them but were willing to pause and share with us. For aqueduct aficionados, this is a great example of durable architecture which never fails to inspire (bisected by a freeway in this case, but don't let that deter you). By walks' end, we were hungry again. Mission accomplished.
Written September 17, 2018
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Lesley W
Gloucestershire, UK228 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
We found the start of the acqueduct just behind the station and followed it for several kilometers into the countryside. Tourist office were totally useless in helping us find it - fortunately my maps.me app had the path on it. If you're really keen you can walk over the hills to Pisa.

But be warned, after a kilometer or so you have to do a short detour as the footbridge over the autostrada is out of action. You do a left turn through a small settlement and over another bridge and then make it back to the aqueduct path.

We had a super time and saw relatively few people - just a few families enjoying the public holiday.
Written April 29, 2018
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ScotlanRob
scotlan124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
Incredible feat of engineering, a must for those who visit Lucca but I suspect most people don't even know about it! We had a wonderful walk along the path under the aqueduct then along the course into the hills. Superb piece of history & in amazing condition.
Written August 11, 2017
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