Reach the highest point in the city to get the enthralling views of the cityscape: this is the roof of the 14th-century clock tower from where you can enjoy the amazing vistas of Lucca’s Renaissance walls and narrow streets.
Torre Delle Ore is a tower that was built in Lucca during the medieval times. The tower is the highest historic tower of the city Lucca and is located in the central, shopping area of the city named Fillungo. There were around 130 towers in Lucca in medieval times that were owned by the rich merchant families of the city. However, out of these, only two towers remain now which have high historic significance. Castruccio Castracani, the Duke of Lucca in the 14th century was responsible for many such destructions.
Torre delle Ore has a public clock, and the quality might have saved it from demolitions. The tower’s clock was installed in the year 1390. At the time of installation, there was a bell in the tower. The dial was installed later in the year 1752. The tower was also renovated at this time. The dial was the contribution of Louis Simon, the watchmaker of Geneva. Later, the clock had a new face that was contributed by Sigismondo Caturegli.
The tower has 207 wooden steps for reaching its top. It offers you a beautiful and wholesome view of the surrounding areas like the Cathedral, Tower of Guinigi and more. The beautiful Tuscan countryside and the mountains surrounding Lucca can be easily observed from here. The stairs are rickety, and the narrow climb is steep. Hence, seniors and children may be uncomfortable here. You can see the clockwork apparatus when inside the tower. The clock is wound through men with their bare hands, still. You can see that when the bell sounds and chimes, the gears and wheels that regulate the pedals turn themselves loudly and quickly. Hence, you should be a fair distance away from the clock as the sound may is quite loud and deafening.
Cost of the tickets of visiting the tower
4.00 euros for adult
3.00 euros for students, servicemen, seniors (above 65 years of age), group of at least 20 people and children who are have less than ten years age
Free entrance for children under six years of age, disables persons.
Closed from November to February
March and October: from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
April and May: from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
From June to Semptember: from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm