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Guinigi Tower (Torre Guinigi) Tours

Guinigi Tower (Torre Guinigi)
The red-brick Guinigi Tower (Torre Guinigi) pierces the sky above Lucca’s medieval center, and is particularly notable for its impressive rooftop garden shaded by several ancient holm oaks that date from the early 17th century. Climb the 230 steps inside the tower for views across the historic rooftops of Lucca.

The Basics
During the Middle Ages, Lucca had more than 200 tower houses inside the city walls, defensive residences where the wealthy families could live and work in safety. Today, only nine remain and the most famous is the Guinigi Tower (Torre Guinigi), built in the 14th century by the powerful family of silk merchants who once ruled the city. This rooftop garden was renovated in the 1980s and can be visited via the internal staircase. From its ramparts, you can make out Lucca’s three concentric rings of historic city walls and other remaining towers, and the green Tuscan hills beyond. 

Lucca is about 90 minutes from Florence, and a popular day trip together with Pisa. You can explore the town center with a walking tour or by bike, hitting on other highlights like Lucca Cathedral, San Michele in Foro church, and Piazza dell’Anfiteatro.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Kids especially enjoy climbing to the rooftop garden, both for the bird’s-eye view and the novelty of full-size trees growing on a tower.
  • Because of the many steps to the top of the tower, the climb is only recommended for those in good physical condition.
  • Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather if planning on exploring the center of Lucca on foot or by bike.

How to Get There
The Guinigi Tower is located in the center of Lucca’s old town, an easy walk from the train station. To reach Lucca, you can take a train or drive from Florence or Pisa.

When to Get There
Lucca holds a popular music festival each summer featuring Italian and international rock and pop artists, and the city has a particularly vibrant atmosphere during the months of July, August, and September.

Lucca’s Walls
The historic center of Lucca is encircled by what many consider to be the most beautiful medieval city walls in Italy. The wide top of the walls has been landscaped with shade trees, benches, and biking and walking paths, and is a popular area to stroll and relax for visitors and locals alike.
Address: Via S. Andrea, Lucca, Tuscany 55100, Italy
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7 Tours and Activities to Experience Guinigi Tower (Torre Guinigi)

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Lucca Highlights Private Walking Tour

Lucca Highlights Private Walking Tour

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Take a stroll through Lucca’s medieval history and architectural highlights on a private, 3-hour walking tour. Learn the backstory behind local landmarks like the city walls, Palazzo Ducale, Teatro del Giglio, Guinigi Tower and Basilica di San Frediano from your knowledgeable guide, who will also point out hidden gems that many visitors miss. Ask all the questions you like during the personalized tour, and finish with a glass of wine or prosecco at a local ‘enoteca.’
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  • 3 hours
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$124.16
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$124.16
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Private Tour: Historic Lucca by bike

Private Tour: Historic Lucca by bike

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Nestled on the shores of the Serchio River in Tuscany, Lucca boasts cobblestone streets, Renaissance architecture, and centuries of colorful history. On this private bike tour, choose a morning or afternoon ride and spin through the narrow medieval streets with your guide to lead the way. Hit top attractions including the Guinigi Tower and the 11th-century Lucca Cathedral with ease, and head up to the top of the Renaissance city walls for uninterrupted views over the Lucca rooftops.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Lucca 2 hours private walking tour with a local guide

Lucca 2 hours private walking tour with a local guide

Explore the scenic town of Lucca with a private guide during this walking tour. Learn about Lucca’s history while you visit top landmarks including its intact Renaissance city walls, the birthplace of the composer Puccini, and Piazza Napoleone. Stroll down the upscale shopping street Via Fillungo and see Lucca’s medieval towers.
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  • 2 hours
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One-hour tour through the historic center and half Renaissance walls

One-hour tour through the historic center and half Renaissance walls

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Within an hour, you can discover all the secrets of the city sitting comfortably on our carriage, accompanied by a horse and his driver.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
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Carriage tour in the historic center of Lucca

Carriage tour in the historic center of Lucca

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Through the charm of a carriage, we will take you to discover the most beautiful squares and monuments of the ancient city of Lucca, passing through the streets of the center, in the company of a horse and its driver.
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  • 35 to 40 minutes
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$80.39
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Lucca and Pisa Day Tour from Rome

Lucca and Pisa Day Tour from Rome

With our 12 hours tour to Luca and Pisa from Rome you will enjoy their most astonishing attractions! And although it may look a little exhausting for the length, you can count on us that we will make this experience the best as we offer only high quality services, starting from our totally private tours, luxurious Mercedes Benz Minivans for transportation, our years of experience and of course, our English speaking drivers, who are also very knowledgeable about Italy and will always be ready to answer all your doubts and give you interesting tips along the way! In addition, it’s also good to highlight we are always open to customize our tour according to your preferences, we know for sure this is an added value you will appreciate for making this experience to the Leaning Tower a super special one!
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  • 12 hours
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Lucca by Bike

Lucca by Bike

Lucca is an ideal city to explore by bike. It is a car-free city (only permit holders allowed), so very relaxing and in this way there is much more to discover in a short time. The guide is Dutch who has lived in Italy for years. We will visit the important historical sites, but we will also let you discover the local secrets.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$56.75
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