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The Leaning Tower of Pisa is so iconic that it's easy to forget just what a strange building it really is. In case you didn't know, it's the bell tower of Pisa's cathedral, and it has a history as peculiar as its characteristic tilt!
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is tilted because the foundations are softer on one side than the other. This started decades before its original construction was finished in 1372!
Construction was delayed by Pisa's wars against its neighbors, allowing the foundations' soil to settle. If the tower had been finished on schedule, it would have fallen over!
Recent studies favor the enigmatic Diotisalvi over the previously credited Pisano brothers, although he usually signed his buildings. Was he too embarassed to leave his mark?
The Leaning Tower of Pisa experiment helped prove Galileo's laws of free fall. However, with no account from the great scientist himself, most historians doubt it actually happened!
The Leaning Tower of Suurhusen is the world's most unintentionally tilted building. Second place is also taken by the Germans, with the steeple of Bad Frankenhausen's Oberkirche!
Go in mid-June to experience Pisa's Luminara festival on June 16th, and the San Ranieri Day parade on the 17th. The best time of day to visit the Leaning Tower depends on what you want out of the trip. Early birds will beat the crowds, but you should check the weather first as it'll likely be clearer later on. Important if you want to get some decent selfies!
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a relatively easy walk north from Pisa Centrale station, though buses are also available from the bus stop in front of the Jolly Hotel (right across from Pisa Centrale). Pisan buses are sorted by color rather than number, so look out for one with the red LAM sign (LAM rossa) on the front. Alight at the stop "Torre."
You'll need to be pretty fit to climb the Leaning Tower. If you're not sure, take the north-facing staircase to the top. It has two fewer steps (294 as opposed to 296)!
- When should I visit?Opening times vary due to the season and religious holidays, but generally it is open between the hours of 10:00AM and 5:00PM.
- Is it expensive?€18 to enter the Tower.
- Will I need a guide?It will definitely help. It's worth checking out our best-selling tours.
- How to get thereThe Tower is five minutes' walk from the Cathedral Square.
- Additional information
- Wear good walking shoes, and don't exert yourself when it comes to climbing the 296 stairs.
- You can book a ticket for the Tower from 20 days in advance.
What people are saying about Tower of Pisa
Despite being a big group the tour was very organized. The places we visited are stunning... there’s a lot of walking involved so be shure to wear comfortable shoes :) ... Manolo was our guide, very kind, with good local information and great tips on seightseeing, local food, bars, and of course history. We really enjoyed it!
This tour company was very efficient and it was easy to get the ticket online. I would recommend them.
I thoroughly enjoyed the day seeing new sights and meeting new people. Duna is lovely and gets 5* for her hard work. Thank you
The guides were wonderful, even a limited language didn’t stay in the way of a great service and friendly disposition of them. The bus was comfortable, cool and safe. It was a bit too much walk for me but everything else was excellent. Thank you Gulliani(sorry if I misspelled his name) and the ladies. Good luck my Friends, hope to see you again
If you are looking for an affordable trip that takes you to great destination points, then this is the trip; at the end of the day, you are ready for bed. There is plenty of time to see all the stops and sample local cuisine or take photos. The food at the vineyard was excellent and the wine, delicious. Note that lunch is very late in the day so be sure to eat a snack at the earlier stops to avoid being hangry. Make note: If you are looking for an exceptional guided experience, this was NOT the trip. Our guide really struggled with English therefore the translation was difficult to understand and follow. We spent a lot of time trying to interpret what she was saying and actually found it easier to follow when she spoke Spanish. For value, it was 10/10! As a guided tour, it was a low 1 or 2/10. Note that the guide may not tell you that there are no toilets on the bus, nor public washrooms along the way. Be sure to pop into restaurants at all the stops to access toilets.