A garden in the sky: the Guinigi Tower in Lucca
This tower was built in the 1300s by the Guinigi family. They planted Holm oaks on its summit to represent rebirth and renewal
What makes this tower unique is the small garden at its summit. The Guinigi family planned this garden to represent rebirth and renewal. The garden is divided into three flowerbeds where Holm oaks are planted. There is a wonderful view of the city and surrounding mountains from the garden.
There is also an ancient legend surrounding the tower: the tallest tree was planted by Paolo Guinigi who was captured and imprisoned in the castle by Francesco Sforza. It is said that before his execution, all the leaves fell off the tree.