Tower in Lucca
The Guinigi Tower, constructed during the latter half of the fourteenth century by the affluent Guinigi family, stands as one of the few remaining towers in Lucca. During the fourteenth century, Lucca was densely populated with these ancient skyscrapers, and the height of a tower was a reflection of the family’s prestige and importance. Families competed to build the tallest towers, showcasing their status.
This tower displays a characteristic Romanesque-Gothic architecture, representing the local style, adorned with decorative cornices and coats of arms. However, what sets the Guinigi Tower apart is the extraordinary small garden gracing its summit. The Guinigi family designed this garden as a symbol of rebirth and renewal. Divided into three flowerbeds, the garden houses Holm oaks, providing a unique and refreshing sight atop the tower. From this elevated green space, visitors can relish a stunning panoramic view of Lucca and the surrounding mountains.
Legend also envelops the tower, recounting the story of Paolo Guinigi, who planted the tallest tree in the garden. Paolo Guinigi was captured and held prisoner in the castle by Francesco Sforza. According to the tale, just before his execution, all the leaves mysteriously fell from the tree, adding an air of mystery and intrigue to the tower’s rich history.
Walking up the Guinigi Tower
The initial stairs are wide and shallow, and on each landing is a large board providing useful information about attractions elsewhere in the city. The stairs then become narrower as you ascend until you transfer onto a narrow metal staircase. There is a seating area roughly half way up/before you start ascending the main metal staircase. When at the top you have an unobstructed 360 degree view of the city, which is amazing.
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Visiting Guinigi Tower
January 1 – March 20: 10.00 – 16.00
21 March – 31 May: 10.00 – 18.30* (* Saturday and Sunday closing 19:30)
1 June – 20 September: 10.00 – 19.30* (* June -Luglio: Saturday and Sunday closing at 8.30 pm; August: Saturday and Sunday closing at 20.00)
21 September – 30 September 10.00 – 18.30
1 October – 31 December: 10.00 – 16.00 (closed on 25 December)
Adults € 6.00