The Lucchese Economy
The economy of the citizens became richer in a continued process of growth. That developed in relation to financial activities (thanks to the arrival in the city of numerous Jewish families) and the craftsmen who practiced in the workshops in every part of the city and above all to the production of silk. The workers guilds were born that exported the silk to France, Belgium and England and in nearly all Italian markets. Its quality did not find equal and so the number of looms that produced the Lucchese silk already in the XIII century was notable.
This economic development seeped through every aspect of the citizens life and also in the cooking that enriched itself with new products and new uses, that of species above all, even if the character of the city remained for centuries somewhat closed and very tied to its own traditions.