Guinigi Tower

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Guinigi Tower which includes forest scenes and heritage architecture

Gaze out over Lucca from one of the city’s most famous landmarks, a medieval tower topped by a collection of oak trees.

Rising 145 feet (44 meters) into the air and crowned by a roof garden of centuries-old holm oaks, Guinigi Tower is one of the most intriguing sights of the Lucchese skyline.

Built in the second half of the 14th century for the wealthy Guinigi family, the redbrick structure adjoined their palace as an overt demonstration of their affluence. Many rich families used to attempt to outdo each other by seeing who could build the tallest and most desirable tower. These towering structures also served to protect against attack. The well-preserved Guinigi Tower is now one of the few remaining in the city.

Climb to the top via the 230 wide stone stairs that narrow toward the summit. Young children and the elderly may find them particularly taxing. As you ascend, pause to look at the murals on the walls of the stairwell. They feature numerous episodes of Lucca’s history including bloody battles against Pisa. Many are inscribed in Italian so if you understand the language you can discover more about what’s going on in each picture.

Once you reach the top, the first thing you will notice is the presence of trees. Scholars believe they were planted as symbols of rebirth and power. On very sunny days they provide some welcome shade.

Take your time to admire the views of the city below. From your lofty position you can clearly make out the original elliptical shape of Lucca’s ancient amphitheater, now a public square. Bring a pair of binoculars with you for close-up views of the rooftops, church towers and surrounding mountains.

Located on Via S. Andrea, Guinigi Tower is easy to find as its unique appearance is visible from many parts of the city. The medieval skyscraper is open daily. There is an entrance fee, but you can save money with a combined ticket that also gives you access to the Torre delle Ore.

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Eurostars Toscana
4 out of 5
Viale Europa 1135, Lucca, LU
The price is ¥9,301 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
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4.2/5Very Good! (669 reviews)
"- Simple, clean, decent location and good price point. - Given the size of the property, amenities such as a gym would have been a plus."

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Hotel Ilaria
Hotel Ilaria
4 out of 5
Via Del Fosso 26, Lucca, LU
The price is ¥18,720 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
This family-friendly Lucca hotel is located near the airport, just steps from Porta San Gervasio and Villa Bottini. Lucca Botanical Gardens and Lucca Center ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (909 reviews)
"Staff was wonderful. Everyone was so pleasant and welcoming. This is by far the best place to stay inside the old walls of Lucca. Thank you so much for making this such a special trip!!"

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2021

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Palazzo Dipinto
Palazzo Dipinto
4 out of 5
Piazza del Palazzo Dipinto, 27, Lucca
The price is ¥23,597 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Located in Lucca Historical Center, this hotel is steps from Church of Saints Paolino and Donato, Puccini Museum, and Palazzo Mansi National Museum. Church of ...
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"The location of this hotel is ideal, it is in perfect condition, very cozy common areas, but the best of all is the impeccable and friendly service."

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4 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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The price is ¥18,720 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
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The price is ¥23,597 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
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4 out of 5
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The price is ¥28,906 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
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Palazzo Alexander Hotel
4 out of 5
Via Santa Giustina 48, Lucca, LU
The price is ¥17,542 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
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The price is ¥18,117 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
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Albergo San Martino
3 out of 5
Via Della Dogana 9, Lucca, LU
The price is ¥11,798 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 5
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Grand Universe Lucca, Autograph Collection
4 out of 5
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The price is ¥29,023 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 5
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The price is ¥12,715 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
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