It was built around 1384 by wealthy silk merchants. The red-brick tower with a rooftop garden is 38m high. Today the tower’s rooftop garden is accessible via a climb of 230 stairs. You can see the outlines of the three concentric city walls, the centre of town, and the few remaining other towers from the rooftop. Across town, the Torre Delle Ore is also open for climbing.
In Tuscany, Italy, Lucca is well known for its fantastic medieval city walls that still encircle most of the historic town. It provides a lot of tourist attractions. There are so many things to do and places to see in this beautiful city. This article takes a look at 9 must-see attractions in Lucca.
1. Guinigi Tower, Lucca, Italy -
2. Plaza del Anfiteatro, Lucca, Italy -
This is a public square in the northeast quadrant of the walled centre of Lucca. Many centuries ago, it used to be an arena where gladiators battled for glory in front of enthralled spectators, but today, a bustling plaza where tourists can enjoy food and drinks. The marketplace is surrounded by buildings constructed around the old amphitheatre, using parts of the original structure, giving it a distinctive elliptical form. The best way to see the plaza’s shape is from above, but the view from inside the buildings also offers a different perspective of the plaza.
3. Walls of Lucca, Lucca, Italy -
The wall of Lucca was built in the 16th century. It is completely preserved until today. Later the city wall was planted with trees. The wall has a wide trail on which inhabitants and tourists cycle, walk or jog. Carriage rides are also offered to tourists on the wall. You have a wonderful view of the old town from above. Right in front of the train station, you can see the famous St. Martin Cathedral from the wall.
4. Aqueduct of Nottolini, Lucca, Lucca, Italy -
It is located just outside the city and is often mistaken as an ancient structure but is a neoclassical design as recent as 1851. Some paths allow you to stroll across the lengths of this impressive architectural landmark.
5. Tower Delle Ore (Torre delle Ore), Lucca, Italy -
The Torre Delle Ore is a clock tower located on Via Fillungo in central Lucca. It was initially one of the private towers built for protection in the medieval period. However, the Italian government acquired the tower in the 14th century, and by 1390, a clock was built into it. Torre Delle Ore was recently restored by the municipal administration and is the tallest in the city. A visit allows you to admire a magnificent panorama and see the hand-wound clock mechanism, one of the most interesting still working in Europe.
6. Piazza Napoleone, Lucca, Italy -
Besides the well-known Piazza Anfiteatro, Piazza Napoleone is the next-most bustling square in Lucca. It has a rich history tied to politics. The square was built in 1806 after Napoleon invaded Tuscany and annexed it to France. His sister Elise was put in charge and named the Grand Duchess of Tuscany. In 1815 she was ousted by Maria Luisa of Spaintvyhui j, who replaced the statue of Napoleon with hers, still visible today. Today the Lucca Summer Festival concerts take place in the square. There is also an ice rink during the Christmas holidays.
7. San Frediano Basilica, Lucca, Italy -
This is the oldest church in Lucca, named after a bishop (Fridianus) who migrated from Ireland in the 6th century. 13th-century renovations added fabulous mosaics to the facade and other decorations. The exterior also has an apse embellished with white marble bands and a tall bell tower.
8. St Martin Cathedral, Lucca, Italy -
It is a gothic-style Roman Catholic cathedral in a secluded location in the city. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Lucca. Next to it rises a fortified bell-tower decorated with hanging arches, single- and four-light windows opening progressively to lighten it.