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Botanical Garden – The legend of the beautiful Lucida

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According to some legends, the Botanical Garden of Lucca is a bewitched place. The pond in this green oasis is linked to a well-known 17th-century legend from Lucca. According to this legend, the beautiful noblewoman Lucida Mansi, a spoiled person who loved excess and unbridled luxury, made a pact with the devil. One day, noticing the slight wrinkles on her face, she decided to exchange thirty years of her youth for her soul. The woman spent the next thirty years in pleasure and debauchery until the day the Devil came to collect his debt and dragged her on a fiery chariot across the whole city until she sank into the Orto lake. It is said that even today, on nights when there is a full moon, Lucida's face can be seen reflected in the water as she looks at herself in the mirror.

Botanical Garden – The legend of the beautiful Lucida

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