Guinigi Tower

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Guinigi Tower (view from the Torre delle Ore)

The Torre Guinigi is the most important tower of Lucca, Tuscany, central Italy. It is a typical example of local Romanesque-Gothic architecture.

Hanging garden on the roof of the Torre Guinigi.

This tower is one of the few remaining within the city walls. Its main characteristic is its garden in the sky on the roof of the tower.

The tower has been donated to the local government by the descendants of the Guinigi family.

The ancient trees are holm oaks symbolising rebirth and renewal. The tower dates from the 1300s when a number of wealthy families were building bell towers within the walls of Lucca as status symbols. The kitchen was originally on the floor below with the rooftop serving as a kitchen garden.

Coordinates: 43°50′37″N 10°30′25″E / 43.84361°N 10.50694°E / 43.84361; 10.50694