The views from the top of the Guinigi Tower are something you really don’t want to miss out on during your visit to Lucca. When walking through the city inside the city walls you’ll quickly see the prominent tower as it is characterized by the holm oak trees growing on top of the tower. You can climb the 230 steps to the top of the Guinigi Tower in Lucca to admire the views over the city. Before giving you all information on how to get tickets to climb to the top of the tower I first want to give you some historical information on this tower house.
One of the remaining 9 towers
The Guinigi tower is one of the 9 remaining tower houses in Lucca, while the city was once covered with as many as 250 defensive tower house. The tower was built in the 1300s during the mercenary-filled post-plague years by the Guinigi family. During those times it was normal to have a personal defensive tower, and to manifest wealth and power. The Guinigi family planted holm oaks on the summit of the tower that represented rebirth and renewal for the city.
It was incredibly popular to built towers, as they reflected the prestige and importance of the family it belonged to. Families all over Tuscany competed to have the tallest and most prestigious towers, coming to a point where the tower building mania became an issue. In response to the issue several Tuscan towns set building limits to those who wanted to build one. It was common to destruct towers during battles that targeted certain families, but luckily the beautiful Guinigi tower that is characterized with its Romanesque-Gothic architecture still stands strong today. It has a complete height of 44,25 meters.
Enjoy the views from the rooftop garden
You can reach the rooftop garden of the Guinigi tower in lucca by taking the 230 step stairs. These stairs are a modern addition to the tower, as the original stairs were on the outside of the structure. As said before the Guinigi family planted a small garden at the summit of the tower, divided into three flowerbeds with Holm oaks. While looking through the leaves of the trees you can admire the city walls of lucca as well as the Torre delle Ore (the clock tower) and the hills that lay behind the walls of the city. A true must when in Lucca!
Important information you need to know before visiting the tower
How to get to the Guinigi Tower in Lucca?
If you’re staying in Lucca you’ll easily find the tower by just wandering around the streets of the city. Make sure you look up a couple of times and you won’t miss it. If you don’t have time to wander around, just get some help from Google Maps. The address of the tower is Guinigi Tower, Via Sant’Andrea, Lucca, Province of Lucca, Italy.
Single ticket – to access only one structure:
Full price: €4,00
Reduced price: €3,00
Cumulative ticket – to access Torre Guinigi, Torre delle Ore and the Botanical Garden. This ticket is valid two days:
Full price: €6,00
Reduced price: €4,00
*Reduced ticket prices apply to groups over 10 people accompanied by a guide, people over 65, children from 6 to 14 years and students provided they have a valid student card.
*Free admission to the groups: Children under 6 years, disabled persons with a guide, schools of the Municipality of Lucca, students for study reasons with prior authorization from the Culture Office of the Municipality of Lucca
January – February: 09:30 – 16:30
March: 9:30 – 17:30
April – May: 09:30 – 18:30
June – September: 09:30 – 19:30
October: 09:30 – 17:30
November – December: 09:30 – 16:30
The tower is closed on the 25th of December.