The Torre delle Ore in Lucca, also known as the clock-tower or turret clock is the tallest tower in Lucca. The tower is centrally located on the Via Fillungo in Lucca. The tower was acquired during the 14th century by the government. In 1390 they decided that the Torre delle Ore would house a clock. The legend goes that a young woman sold her soul to the devil, which was captured by the devil trying to stop the time of the clock.
The name “Torre delle Ore” literally means “tower of the hour”. The tower house is currently owned by the municipality of Lucca and has recently been renovated. The present mechanism of the clock dates to the 18th-century. It is still unclear what the face of the clock initially consisted off. The Tower lies close by the more popular Guinigi Tower in Lucca that houses a garden at its summit.
We still advise you to climb the Torre delle Ore, even though the public seems to prefer the Guinigi Tower. From the Torre delle Ore you can admire the Guinigi Tower and the astonishing surroundings, as well as the hand wound watch mechanism. This hand wound watch mechanism is one of the most interesting ones in Europe that’s still working.
Visit the tower house before sunset
If you’re thinking about visiting the Torre delle Ore in Lucca we advise you to go to the top just before the sun sets. Check online when the sun is supposed to set and hike up to the top 15 minutes before. You’ll be granted with splendid views and can show beautiful pictures of your trip to Italy to family and friends.
Important information before visiting the clock tower
How to get to the Torre delle Ore in Lucca?
The Torre delle Ore lies in the heart of Lucca and can easily be found by watching out for its characterizing clock. If you don’t have time to wander around and find it freely, just follow this address on Google Maps and you’ll arrive at the clocktower in a couple of minutes if you’re situated within the walss: Via Fillungo, 20, 55100 Lucca LU, 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.
There are a high number of steps you need to take before reaching the top. If you’re physically disabled you can only admire this tower from the ground. You can also enjoy the views of it from the walls of Lucca, which are very disabled friendly.