Guinigi Tower of Lucca, an attraction not to be missed
In Lucca there is a place that over time has become one of the main attractions of the city, as well as the emblem of the same: we refer to the Guinigi Tower.
The latter is made of stones and bricks, as well as being as high as forty-five meters. The peculiarity of this place is that on the top it is possible to see a quite particular phenomenon: the growth of trees, for which it differs from all the other buildings and buildings of the city. Among all the medieval towers, it is the only tower that has not undergone changes over time. A second feature of the Guinigi Tower of Lucca is that at the top you can even find a hanging garden, which is formed by a box attached to the wall and filled with soil. Within this crate have been cultivated well seven holm-oak plants. The exact origins of the tower are not known, but thanks to some testimonies it is assumed that it is very old.
The legend linked to the Guinigi Tower
It would be very interesting to visit the Guinigi Tower because of the legend, associated with the latter, which concerns the garden at the top of the tower.
It seems that to strongly want this garden was just the Guinigi family and that the highest tree was planted by the last descendant of the family, namely the lord Paolo Guinigi. The fascinating legend tells that this tree, in particular, lost all its leaves at the very moment when Guinigi was captured and taken prisoner by Francesco Sforza. The fact was considered a sort of premonitory sign of the death of Paolo Guinigi. The legend also tells that the spirit of the wife of Paolo Guinigi, or Ilaria Del Carretto, wait for the husband under the branches of the trees preventing anyone from trying to shake it to the ground.
Torre Guinigi in Lucca, timetables and prices
The admission times to the Guinigi Tower, as well as the price, vary depending on the time of year. The full price, equal to four euros, allows entry to people aged between fifteen and sixty-five. The reduced ticket, equal to three euros, is aimed at groups numerically superior to ten people accompanied by a guide. Furthermore, over-sixty-five and children aged six to fourteen are eligible for the reduced ticket. The cost of full cumulative ticket is equal to nine euros and includes the entrance to the Botanical Garden, to the Guinigi Tower and to the Tower of the Hours besides having a validity of two days. The reduced cumulative ticket, equal to six euros, is addressed to the elderly, children aged six to fourteen and also to students as long as they are provided with a card. The Torre Guinigi observes the following times: in January and February it is possible to enter from 09.30 to 16.30 while in March the opening will be extended by one hour. In April and May the following times will be observed: 9.30-18.30, while in the three summer months it will be possible to visit the tower until 7.30 pm.
In October the Tower is open from 9.30 to 17.30, while in November and December from 9.30 to 16.30. It is scheduled to close the Guinigi Tower, for the Christmas holidays, only on December 25th.