Tower Guinigi, Lucca

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    A view in the shade....

    by fabric_letters Written May 26, 2012

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    Torre Guinigi rises above the narrow streets below and although its pretty crowded once you reach the top, you can enjoy the beautiful views of the old town and surrounding mountains under the shade of the huge oak trees that make this tower the symbol of Lucca.

    Admission is only 3 or 4 euros, and if you also wish to climb Torre delle Ore you can buy a combined ticket for around 5 or 6 euros.

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    by HORSCHECK Updated Oct 22, 2011

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    The Torre Guinigi is one of the two towers that can be climbed to get panoramic views of Lucca and the surrounding Apuane Alps.

    In the 15th century the tower was added to the Palazzo Guinigi, which was home of one of Lucca's most important families. The tower is unique for the oaks that grow on top of it.

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    A famous symbol, now and then

    by Jefie Updated Jul 21, 2010

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    It's estimated that in the Middle Ages, there were about 250 "tower houses", or torre, in the province of Lucca. These towers can still be found all over Tuscany (the little town of San Gimignano is especially known for its 13 remaining towers) and they were meant to symbolize the wealth and power of their owners. The 44 m tall Torre Guinigi was and still is the most important tower in Lucca, and one of the very few examples left in the region. It was built for the Guinigi family who once ruled over Lucca and defended the city against the Medici of Florence, which helped Lucca retain its independence until the 18th century. The tower has become one of the city's most famous symbols, especially thanks to its rooftop garden that can be seen from all over the city.

    Admission to Torre Guinigi costs 3.50 Euros, but it's also possible to buy a combined ticket that gives you access to the Torre delle Ore for 5 Euros. There are 230 steps but they are wide and easy to climb. It can be pretty crowded once you reach the top, but the view of the city and surrounding countryside is spectacular. I thought it was especially interesting to look at the Piazza Anfiteatro from up there, you can really see the round shape of the old Roman Amphitheatre.

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    Bell Tower in Lucca

    by DEBBBEDB Updated Sep 10, 2009

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    When we got to Lucca, we climbed a bell tower called the Torre Guinigi with at tree growing at the top. The tower was built by (and named for) Lucca's leading family. It's 230 steps to the top

    Admission Charge Open: Winter – 9:00am-12:00pm and 3:

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    Tower Guinigi

    by BruceDunning Updated Aug 8, 2009

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    This is a wonderful tower, and the walk up entertaining. There are museum pieces along the way, and in the lobby a small museum showing the local wares. The green top is a trend from the era where they grew trees and some shrubs for shade and to relax on the top where air circulates more frequently. These are oak trees The tower was built to watch over estate home and insure it would not be attacked by other locals in town or outsiders. The tower was constructed in the 15th century and has 230 steps to the top. It is open 9-7:30 during tour season, and lesser times winter and fall. Fee is Euro 3.50, and it is located on Via S. Andrea.

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    A extraordinary view above the city

    by tzuki Written Jun 12, 2009

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    The Guinigi tower is famous because belongs to one of the richest families of Lucca and in particular to Paolo Guinigi, Lord of Lucca during the first 30 years of the 15th century. The tower rises at 44 meters above the town. Not only this is a particular detail of the tower as there is the unusual Holm trees that are on top of it.

    It is a worth to climb its 230 steps from the bottom to the top garden and admire the beauty of the city of Lucca as well as to have some peace if the time and tourists allow it.

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    Lots of steps, fantastic view

    by Finikito Updated May 1, 2008

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    Climbinbg the Guinigi tower in Lucca takes a little effort but the reward is fantastic, you can see all of the Old Town from up there (and the newer town plus other things) and take some fantastic pictures. There are some trees up there as well, the only tower I've ever seen with full grown oak trees on the top.

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    Climb Guinigi Tower

    by travelrabbit Written Mar 14, 2008

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    Virtually smack dab in the middle of Lucca is Guinigi Tower. Providing a stellar view in all directions of the city of Lucca, the climb and the 3 or 4 euro to get there are well worth it.

    Some of the signs may not be so obvious in directing you to the tower so when in doubt look for the only tower with trees on top. Here are the hours:

    Winter opening: daily 9.00 – 17.30
    summer opening: daily 9.00 – 20.00
    october opening: daily 10.00 – 18.00

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    Climb the tower

    by klasher Written Feb 25, 2008
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    One of our guidebooks stated that there was a bar on top of this tower. We braved the over 230 steps and to our dismay-no booze! The view was spectacular and the top was a bit crowded, but a great experience.

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    Torre Guinigi

    by codrutz Updated Aug 21, 2006

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    Guinigi was a family that ruled Lucca for a while, and of course for that they had to have the nicest residence. They've built a palazzo and more adiacent houses, and this impressive 40 meter tower. On that time Lucca had a lot of towers, around 170 - including church towers. Guinigi Tower is known and easily recognised for the fact that it has an ancient oak tree on top of it. And the view from the tower to the city of Lucca below is very rewarding.

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    Torre Guinigi

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 8, 2005

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    The villa beside the tower was built in 1418 for Paolo Guinigi, leading light of the noble family who ruled Lucca in the early 15th century. A familiar landmark of the city is the battlemented tower, the Torre Guinigi that has oak trees growing at the top. From here you can get a wonderful 360 degree panoramic view of the city.

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    Torre Guinigi

    by Helga67 Updated Mar 29, 2005

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    Torre Guinigi

    Palazzo Guinigi has a peculiar tower. There are oak trees growing on top of the tower. The tower is open for the public to visit. I didn't have the time to go up, but I've heard that you will have a wonderful view over the city from the top.

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    The Guinigi Tower

    by illudiumqh36 Written Jan 26, 2005

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    Have you ever see oak trees on the top of a tower? No!?! Well, then you must climb up the Guinigi Tower.
    This carachteristic tower has been added in the 15th century to the house of the most famous family in town, the Guinigis.
    The entrance is in Via Sant'Andrea, a narrow lane with a lot of old shops (among all two antique shops, one for each side, and a shoemaker), that connects Via Fillungo to Via Guinigi.
    To reach the top you have to do a lot of steps (they say 230 but I've never count them) and the final part of the stairs (when metal steps starts) could be hard if you suffer of heights... but when you'll get the top... WOW, resting under the shadow of big oaks you can admire Lucca from an amazing point of view. All the churchs, squares and bell towers will appear under your eyes wherever you turn your head.
    You will see that in Lucca there is much more to see respect to what you can find on your guide. Every house, every roof will seem to be worth to be visit.

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    Guinigi Tower

    by alucas Written Nov 27, 2004

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    Guinigi Tower

    This tower is a landmark in Lucca, and easily spotted by the trees on the top. (enlarge the picture, and you will see what I mean).

    It is one of the two towers that you can climb, and the views over the city are superb. See my Lucca page for an example (yes, I know you've already done that)

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    Trees on the top of Torre Guinigi

    by sue_stone Written Nov 18, 2004

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    The Torre Guinigi in Lucca is very unique as it has oak trees growing on top of it.

    The tower was constructed in the 14th Century and the trees were self seeded, and would be great on a warm day to shelter from the sun whilst looking at the view.

    It was very strange indeed!

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