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Torre Guinigi Lucca

One of big tourist attractions of Lucca is the Torre Guinigi, it is perhaps most recognizable for the Holm oaks growing on the top, giving the idea of a mini-park suspended at 44.25mt above the city skyline like a medieval skyscraper making it a symbol of power over terracotta roofs and the other edifices.

The tower dates back to the mid 14th Century when it was added to the Guinigi Palace, home to the Guinigi family wealthy silk merchants who became rulers of Lucca. Building towers were very fashionable at the time as a way of displaying the wealth and power of a family, the craze led to higher and higher towers being built until a height limit had to be enforced by cities. These towers often became the main targets of attack during disputes, therefore in Lucca only a few towers remain. 

Torre Guinigi is a wonderful example of Romanesque-Gothic architecture. The beautiful terracotta bricks are artistic.

Climbing to the top is not for those who suffer from acrophobia, as the final part i…

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