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5 fun facts about the Leaning Tower of Pisa

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!

Bad foundations

Bad foundations

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!

It was saved by war

It was saved by war

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!

Nobody knows who the architect was

Nobody knows who the architect was

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?

Galileo's famous experiment probably didn't happen

Galileo's famous experiment probably didn't happen

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!

Germany leans further

Germany leans further

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!

Our insider tips

Best time to visit

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!

How to get there?

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."

How many steps?

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)!

Good to know

  • 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

Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 5,337 reviews

Well organised in Livorno but not in Pisa don't be disabled.

We were somewhat worried about this trip as we had always trips organised by the cruise ship. We were pleasantly reassured at the meeting point by the female agent who was excellent, we were surprised to find we were traveling by double decker especially as my wife and I have walking difficulties but we found seats downstairs. However, no designated disabled seats. The trip to Pisa considering the dreadful weather, heavy rain, was uneventful and safe. We were a little confused by the map supplied and walked an extra 500metres in heavy rain also there is a reasonable walk from the bus park, which it would be useful to know before we booked. The return was not so good we were given conflicting times to leave, printed on the leaflet it was 1pm but this was contradicted by the agent who said 1.15pm. The knock on effect was that most people arrived back at 1pm we were back by 1.10pm to find the only available seats were upstairs. There was no attempt to help us climb the stairs!

Wonderful tour of Square of Miracles and a part of Pisa with Andrea

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!!

Famtastic way to see 3 beautiful places in one day.

It was really good with great friendly, informative guides but it was a really hot day and the a/c on the bus didn't work so that spoiled it a bit. Lots of walking up hills and steps so really needed to return to a cool bus. Great lunch, meeting different people from around the world.

A lot of change of trains but worth while to see the towns

It was a very busy and full day, we were on schedule for all the trains but one of the person in the tour was always late! Paula was great! Worthwhile if you don’t have a lot of time and wishes to see more!

From Florence: Pisa and Cinque Terre Full-Day Tour Reviewed by

Amazing.....we are ready to do this again NOW!

Lorenzo was brilliant and very accommodating for a large group of 60, from different parts of the world. Claudia our EN speaking guide was passionate and knowledgeable.

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