Torre Guinigi is integral to the understanding of the long and diverse history of Lucca. It is not only an insight to the display of power in Renaissance Italy but is also a museum of the Guinigi family. Missed by most people only looking for the view from the top, the inner staircase of the tower is adorned with 15th and 16th century paintings and water colors depicting the history of Lucca for 500 years, it's constant battles with Pisa and the intrigues of Paolo Guinigi and his powerful family. These paintings, done in almost naive style, depict costumes and customs not shown in most museums. Don't miss the small silk museum on the ground floor right near the entrance and also visit the free city museum in the same palazzo but around the corner to see the model of the city from the early 1800s and the history of silk exhibit.
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