Within the Walls of Lucca

Italy, Lucca Guide (B): Within the Walls of Lucca

Where to start? There was so much to see. We decided that while we still had the energy we would climb the Guinigi Tower one of the few remaining tower houses in Lucca.

The view from the top was stunning and we were grateful for the shade from the trees that surrounded us and the cool breeze that wafted through them. It is unusual to find trees growing on top of a tower and one theory for their presence is that it was a means of overcoming a law that private towers should not be higher than public towers.

We spotted another tower from our vantage point and decided we would take on that challenge. The Torre delle Ore or the Clock Tower is taller and narrower than the Guigini Tower and occasionally we had to stop and flatten ourselves against the side to let people coming down pass by.

At the top we found some bells and a good view of the Guinigi Tower surrounded by the palazzi of the powerful Guinigi family that once ruled Lucca.

This tower is the only medieval tower that has survived and it seems this survival is due to the fact it was a clock tower and kept time for the citizens of the time by tolling its bells.  ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Within the Walls of Lucca
Guide Location: Italy » Lucca
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Torre delle Ore   Piazza dell’ Anfiteatro   Cattedrale di San Martino   Basilica di San Frediano   Orto Botanico Comunale di Lucca  
Author: Valery Collins
Read it on author's website: https://experiencedtraveller.com/journal/2015-07-05-within-the-walls-of-lucca