Guinigi Tower, Lucca

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An easily recognizable regional landmark, Guinigi Tower features a hanging garden on its roof. Built in the late 1300s by a local wealthy family of merchants, the tower is a typical example of Romanesque-Gothic architecture. The tower was constructed to give a look of refinement to one of the nearby houses, as these structures were once a symbol of the prestige and prosperity of the richest families in the area. The imposing brick tower is decorated with various plaques, cornices, and coats of arms. Don’t skip a climb to the top of this city symbol, as the roof offers 360-degree views of the town and the province, with the rolling Tuscan hills fading into the distant mountains. Arrange to visit Guinigi Tower and other attractions in Lucca using our Lucca trip itinerary builder site .
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  • The commanding view from the top is worth the climb! We saw not only the full overview of the city, but the snow append mountains in the distance. Lovely. Also, the climb is really not bad. It's only ...  more »
  • I would say it is one of the emblems of the city. Interesting the "Garden" on the upper part. From a distance it seems much higher than it actually is. Its definitely worth visiting even for the beautiful view over the city.
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  • During the journeys happened to see buildings with gardens on the roofs, but this case is special, unique. In the year 1384 influential born Guinidzhi, which already had several houses built on both sides Via Guinigi, decided to build a tower in the neighbourhood. Was the decision to plant trees on its roof original, or it arose later-it is unknown. We only know that in the 15th century the seven stone Oaks already adorned the top of the tower. They grow there and now. The truth is, don't look quite secular Oaks. You can see that the trees are sick, despite an existing irrigation system, but nevertheless the tradition preserved. In the 16th century, many of the city's towers were demolished and the left, possibly because of growing trees on it. The tower is located on the corner of Via Sant'Andrea and Via delle Chiavi D'Oro. Open: January-February 9.30-16.30; March 9.30-17.30; April-May 9.30-18.30; June-September 9.30-19.30; October-9.30-17.30; November-December 9.30-16.30. Tickets cost 4 euros. Upgrade is not complicated, so much so that the ladder is not historic, but quite modern, steel. Only the last is inconvenient, which is clearly not designed for overweight people. Space between plantings of trees and walls of the Tower, the narrow, about half a meter, so the sudden influx of visitors formed congestion. Needless to say, the views from the observation deck of the city surrounded by mountains, just gorgeous-Lucca is very beautiful.
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  • For just €4 you get an amazing view of Lucca however there could be some very simple improvements to make the whole experience better. The amount of space at the top of the tower is extremely limited and there is no order to what order people walk around up there which results in a lot of people being stuck where they are. The tower really needs to incorporate either a system where only a limited number of people go up at a time or, at the very least, a system where everyone walks around the top of the tower in the same direction! Despite this you should definitely give the tower a visit as the views are great!
  • One of Tuscany’s most underrated treasures. Incredible views of the city, shaded from the hot sun under a canopy of trees growing from the top of the tower. I would return to this tower before braving the gong show surrounding the most famous one in Pisa any day of the week.
  • One of most interesting place in Lucca. Tower with trees. Pay few euros and check it out. On the top you will get beautiful view of Lucca.
  • Very nice view at the top but is small, when there is a lot of people its hard to move around. The climb up wasn’t bad though
  • Passes a little time and gives great views of the city. Not particularly cheap, at €4 for adults it can soon add up. Not for those who struggle with steps!
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