Did you know . . . that the trees atop the Guinigi Tower (Torre Guinigi) symbolize rebirth? The Guinigi’s were once the ruling family of Lucca. In the 16th century there were many towers in Lucca representing the wealth and political influence of their owners. This tower is one of few that remain today. It is just over 44 meters high and in order to reach the observation deck you have to climb 230 steps. The last few steps are on a small metal ladder which is relatively easy to navigate. When you reach the deck you will be greeted by 7 Holm Oaks. Though there is record of trees being on the top in the 15th century, these are probably not the same ones. The address is via Sant’Andrea 45 and it is open daily. Check the website for specific hours. The fee is €5 and there are discounts offered.
Submitted by Christine Stava.
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