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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 there
- The 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
Andrea enthusiastically told us (3 of us on tour!!!) all about Pisa, it's history and the buildings on the Square of Miracles. She obviously loves Pisa and shares that with all those on her tour. I'm not sure anyone would dare to visit Florence after talking to her.. I definitely became pro-Pisa!! Got some great tips of where to eat and go out in the Pisan evening. Thank you Andrea!!
The guided tour was so bad, we gave back our receivers after the first 20 minutes. The transmission and static made it almost incoherent and a waist of time. The guide himself should find a different job. Worst guide I’ve ever had even trying to listen to his disinterested canned speech. We almost missed the tour because instructions did not take us to the right location.
Wasn’t entirely prepared for this long day but it was a great experience overall. You will walk a lot and Siena and San Gimignano have steep hills. Lunch was delicious but the winery is more of a restaurant - wine was good quality but grapes are grown elsewhere. Guides were very organized and kept a decent schedule.
This is a perfect way to get to know La Toscana! The Chianti wine tasting and lunch was amazing and very enriching, tour guides were very good with historic facts. San Gimignano is a MUST and Siena is full of history. 100% recommended!
The tour guide, Andrea, was very knowledgeable and engaging, making the tour interesting and memorable. The wine tasting comprised three different red wines accompanied by cheese and bruchetta. Great hosts. Great value for money.