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Torre Guinigi, Lucca

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Must see · Observation Deck · Tourist Spot
An easily recognizable regional landmark, Torre Guinigi 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 Torre Guinigi and other attractions in Lucca using our Lucca trip itinerary builder site.
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  • You pay 5€ (6 if you want to combine with a visit to another tower) for 30min visit. You clim at your own pace, can be done in 5min. if you are really fast, but normally around 10. It is not a given.....  more »
  • Very interesting tower with planted oak trees on top. It can be seen from almost the whole city. We wanted to go up, but unfortunately there was a long queue and we gave up.  more »
  • Really nice experience, we went in the early evening and it was beautiful! Only bad thing to say is there was so many people at the top it was a little hard to move! They could do with having a direction of movement sign to move the flow of people in the right way! But really lovely and recommend!
  • The entrance fee is about 5 euros. There is no cloak room but if you have bags or need to leave something, you can do so at the cash register. They're really friendly and helpful. There are about 280 stairs and there are no toilet facilities so plan your climb accordingly. The climb isn't too demanding but some people had problems reaching the top. The view and the the trees at the top are well worth the climb so I suggest you go ahead and do it.

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