One of the things that interested us about Lucca was the presence of bell towers within the city walls. One, in particular, Torre Guiniji could be climbed for a fee.
Torre Guiniji was built in the 1300s by a wealthy merchant. The taller and more ornate the tower, the higher the status of the merchant. Guiniji Tower is 45 m tall and it takes 232 steps to reach the top. In the old days, the kitchen was located on the floor below the roof top of the tower, which served as a kitchen garden. The tower was donated to the local government by the Guiniji family.
7 tall Holm oaks grow atop the tower, providing a shady respite after the climb.
Admission cost is 3 Euros per person. You can pay the fee and proceed, if you can get the attention of the social media absorbed young attendant. She was quite rude to the lady in front of us, who did not have the exact change, so I topped it up to help her out.
On this hot day, we took our time climbing and were glad for the breeze at the top. The view of Lucca was phenomenal.
Seven tall Holm oaks
provide green leafy respite
The photos from the climb up
The views from the top
Closeups from the top
A chance to relax and cool down before returning to terra firma.