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“Great views but needs crowd control” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Guinigi Tower

Guinigi Tower
Via Sant'Andrea, 45, 55100 Lucca, Italy
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Ranked #2 of 44 Attractions in Lucca
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Sights & Landmarks
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Owner description: This tower is easily recognizable: it has a leaning tree growing out of its top.
Bedford, United Kingdom
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“Great views but needs crowd control”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We have now been up the Guinigi Tower three times and never tire of the awesome sights from the top. It is amazing to be able to stand under olive trees on top of a medieval building while taking in views of an ancient Tuscan city. Once on top of the tower though, although you can wander around the perimeter to enjoy the views, there is little overtaking room available. Be warned that not all people (and dare I comment, not all nationalities) share the same levels of patience and politeness when trying to negotiate the available space. Today my camera was almost knocked over the edge of the tower by a fat woman who obviously needs to learn the art of patience and some crowd presence manners. The tower really needs to introduce a time restriction / visitor slot system (just like at the Leaning Tower of Pisa) to ensure that only a limited number of people are allowed up the tower in a given time slot; for example, 25 people every 15 minutes. This would then ensure that everybody gets to enjoy the views without the unpleasant pushing and shoving that can sometimes happen at the top of the tower. Overall, even allowing for this detractor, the Guinigi tower is a 'must see' for any visitor to Lucca.

Visited August 2014
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“Great views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

What's a visit to Lucca without climbing the tower and getting a great view of the Tuscan countryside.

Visited July 2014
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“WHAT A SIGHT”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Visited Lucca while on a five night stay in Pisa. I did find the climb a bit difficult as I have chest problems but my husband had no trouble at all.The view over Lucca and beyond was amazing. All the roof tops and terraces were so attractive. Would do it again despite the problems I had with the climb

Visited June 2014
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Lucca, Italy
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“A good experience”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Its very unique however its difficult to climb. Not suitable for anyone with difficulties. On the plus side its a wonderful view and I have never seen a tower like it before.

Visited September 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Tree-topped tower”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This tree-topped tower was definitely worth climbing. It wasn't a difficult climb (no narrow stairways to navigate) and the view from the top was lovely. It's quite unique with the trees that grow at the top. It was a fun stop and only took the kids about 5 minutes to walk up.

Visited July 2014
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