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Guinigi Tower

Listed under Monuments & Landmarks in Leghorn, Italy.

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In 13th Century Lucca one of the biggest families around were the Guinigis, a family of merchants who bought up the land between via Sant'Andrea and via Guinigi and built Romanesque-Gothic houses all along the route. At the time the wealthiest families were building towers and the Guinigis were not to be outdone by anyone else and built a big old tower above the via Sant'Andrea and planted holm oaks on top which have now grown into a lean. The tower is solid looking brick, broken up with small windows that bear the coat of arms and little historic plaques. There's a really good view from the top over the rest of Lucca.

Written by  Emilie Stokes.

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