The tower dates from the 1300s, when a number of wealthy families were building bell towers within the walls of Lucca as status symbols. It is one of the few remaining towers within the walls. It is known for the tall trees growing on top of the tower - The kitchen was originally on the floor below with the rooftop serving as a kitchen garden. The ancient trees are holm oaks symbolising rebirth and renewal.
The tower was donated to the local government by the descendants of the Guinigi family.
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