Guinigi Tower - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting
About Guinigi Tower
The Torre Guinigi is a tower in Lucca, Tuscany, central Italy. It is a typical example of local Romanesque-Gothic architecture. The height of the tower is 45 meters with a total of 232 steps to reach the top. This tower was built in the 1300s by the Guinigi family. They planted Holm oaks on its summit to represent rebirth and renewal. It was built in or around 1384 by wealthy silk merchants, and, although no one knows exactly how old the rooftop garden is.
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0.2km from Guinigi Tower
This beautiful amphitheatre, built as the centre of entertainment outside the Roman town, is today the centre of town life and the very symbol of Lucca. It is a unique elliptical-shaped plaza, theatre of the life of the citizens of Lucca, closed in an embrace of medieval houses and, in spite of the passing of the millennia, is always alive and witness to innumerable changes.
San Frediano Basilica
0.33km from Guinigi Tower
The basilica of San Frediano is one of the oldest Catholic places of worship in Lucca, in Romanesque style, and is located in the square of the same name. The procession to the Holy Crosswinds from this basilica on the evening of 13 September. In November 1957 Pope Pius XII elevated it to the dignity of a minor basilica. A religious building dedicated to the three Levite saints Vincenzo, Stefano, and Lorenzo existed in this place since the 6th century.
Chiesa di San Michele in Foro
0.34km from Guinigi Tower
The Chiesa di San Michele in Foro is one of the most beautiful and enchanting historical structures of the city of Lucca. It is a Roman Catholic Church that was built over the remains of the ancient Roman forum. Until 1370, the church was the seat of the Consiglio Maggiore, which was considered as the most important assembly of the commune’s. The most significant feature of this church is that it was originally designed to be dedicated to the Archangel Michael.
St Martin Cathedral
0.35km from Guinigi Tower
St Martin Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours in Lucca, Italy. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Lucca. Construction was begun in 1063 by Bishop Anselm. It was built in a strategic point of the ancient Roman town at the crossroads of the two main streets and near to the city walls, has not left clear indications as to its origins. The Pisan Romanesque-style façade in green and white marble is a masterpiece of balance.
0.39km from Guinigi Tower
Palazzo Controni-Pfanner is located on the edge of the Walls of Lucca, with access from Via Degli Asili 33. The courtyard of Palazzo Pfanner seems to be tailor-made for hosting events. The residence of Palazzo Pfanner, the only part of the building currently open to visitors, contains a large central hall frescoed in the 1920s by the quadraturist Pietro Paolo Scorsini, from which side rooms embellished with period furniture, fine furnishings, and objects branch off.
Lago di Massaciuccoli
14.02km from Guinigi Tower
The Lake Massaciuccoli in the province of Lucca, with the southern part belonging to the province of Pisa, near the ' same name fraction of Massarosa in the province of Lucca is a coastal lake in Tuscany. The lake and the marshy area around it are part of the Migliarino, San Rossore, Massaciuccoli Natural Park, and a LIPU oasis, given the numerous species of birds present.
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Tuscany is known for its landscapes, history, artistic legacy, and its influence on high culture. It is regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and has been home to many figures influential in the history of art and science, and contains well-known museums such as the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace. Tuscany is also known for its wines.