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Guinigi Tower (Torre Guinigi)

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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Hotel Ilaria & Residenza dell'Alba $78
Hotel Ilaria & Residenza dell'Alba

Hotel Ilaria & Residenza dell'Alba

Via Del Fosso 26, Lucca
     
    4.6
    of 5, from 759 reviews
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    This family-friendly Lucca hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Porta San Gervasio, Guinigi Tower, and Cathedral of St Martin. Piazza dell'Anfiteatro and Basilica of San Frediano are also within 10 minutes. Lucca Station is 11 minutes by foot.

    Albergo Celide & SPA $77
    Albergo Celide & SPA

    Albergo Celide & SPA

    Viale Giuseppe Giusti 25, Lucca
       
      4.4
      of 5, from 385 reviews
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      Located in Lucca Historical Center, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Porta Elisa, Cathedral of St Martin, and Guinigi Tower. Piazza dell'Anfiteatro and Church of San Michele in Foro are also within 1 mi (2 km). Lucca Station is 10 minutes by foot.

      Altana Panoramic $70
      Altana Panoramic

      Altana Panoramic

      Via Diversi, 4, Lucca
         
        4.4
        of 5, from 44 reviews
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        Located in Lucca Historical Center, this guesthouse is steps from Guinigi Tower and Piazza dell'Anfiteatro. Palazzo Pfanner and Basilica of San Frediano are also within 5 minutes. Lucca Station is 13 minutes by foot.

        Palazzo Dipinto $117
        Palazzo Dipinto

        Palazzo Dipinto

        Piazza del Palazzo Dipinto, 27, Lucca
           
          4.9
          of 5, from 77 reviews
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          Located in Lucca Historical Center, this hotel is steps from Puccini Museum and Church of San Michele in Foro. Palazzo Pfanner and Guinigi Tower are also within 10 minutes. Lucca Station is 13 minutes by foot.

          Hotel A Palazzo Busdraghi, Residenza d'Epoca $82
          Hotel A Palazzo Busdraghi, Residenza d'Epoca

          Hotel A Palazzo Busdraghi, Residenza d'Epoca

          Via Fillungo 170, Lucca
             
            4.5
            of 5, from 118 reviews
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            Located in Lucca Historical Center, this romantic residence is steps from Museum of Torture, Lucca Roman Amphitheatre, and Piazza dell'Anfiteatro. Piazza Santa Maria and Basilica of San Frediano are also within 5 minutes. Lucca Station is 15 minutes by foot.

            La Colonna
            La Colonna

            La Colonna

            via Dell'Angelo Custode 16, Lucca
               
              4.4
              of 5, from 63 reviews
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              Located in Lucca Historical Center, this townhouse accommodation is steps from Church of Santa Maria Forisportam and Guinigi Tower. Piazza dell'Anfiteatro and Cathedral of St Martin are also within 10 minutes. Lucca Station is 9 minutes by foot.

              Il Pozzo di Santa Zita $49
              Il Pozzo di Santa Zita

              Il Pozzo di Santa Zita

              Via Fontana 3, Lucca
                 
                5.0
                of 5, from 16 reviews
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                Located in Lucca Historical Center, this guesthouse is steps from Via Fillungo, Palazzo Pfanner, and Basilica of San Frediano. Piazza dell'Anfiteatro and Guinigi Tower are also within 5 minutes. Lucca Station is 15 minutes by foot.

                At Home Bed and Breakfast $50
                At Home Bed and Breakfast

                At Home Bed and Breakfast

                Via Anfiteatro 32, Lucca
                   
                  4.2
                  of 5, from 97 reviews
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                  Located in Lucca Historical Center, this guesthouse is steps from Lucca Roman Amphitheatre, Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, and Basilica of San Frediano. Guinigi Tower and Palazzo Pfanner are also within 5 minutes. Lucca Station is 13 minutes by foot.