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If you persevere the view is amazing!

Panoramic of Lucca of course, with the mountains all round, and the tiny people wandering about way below.

As I have mentioned in the past, when you have the time to spend more than a few days in an area, a town or a village, we have the opportunity to see, do and experience so much more.  Rather than just seeing the sights on the top of the list of things to do, we can enjoy so many more things down the list and enjoy them leisurely.

While staying in Lucca we had the luxury of time to do exactly that. One of those experiences was climbing the Guinigi Tower.

Be prepared for a hard climb which is not for the faint hearted but the view from the top is worth it. Have a rest at the top and enjoy your achievement.

There are lots of stairs – over 200 –  but they are wide most of the way and easily negotiated. This is a fairly long climb but there are plenty of places to stop and have a breather.

The stairs

It really is remarkable to climb this ancient tower and ponder about all the people who hauled the stone by hand to build it. It is a great way to realize that there is lots of Lucca you haven’t seen yet.

This is a fantastic tower, which you can see from the walls of Lucca.  It is the tower with several oak trees planted on the top. These ancient Holm Oak trees symbolize rebirth and renewal.  It is like a little park up the top where you can see the whole city and mark where all the most famous buildings are.  The Torre Guinigi, which is a typical example of local Romanesque-Gothic architecture, is the most important tower of Lucca.

Guinigi tower 1

The Guinigi Tower is well worth the climb. The views of the city of Lucca and the surrounding areas are marvelous.

As with all Towers in Italy, get here early to avoid the crowds.