One of the most visually famous structures in Italy, the Leaning Tower of Pisa attracts visitors from across the globe. Also known as the Bell Tower of Pisa, it sits within the Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles). Standing at 60 metres tall the Leaning Tower of Pisa was originally intended to be completely upright, but began subsiding during its construction. Although the building was started from 1173 the tower was completed in the 1300’s, containing 251 steps and weighing approximately 14.5 thousand tonnes. The city name translates from Greek into “Marshy Land” and other structures within the region are known to be sinking too.
Travelling to the city centre from the nearest airport of Pisa International Airport (named Galileo Galilei) is easy by bus or train and will cost no more than €2. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is open all year however check the official website for times which may vary from month to month. When buying tickets at the venue these will cost €18 where you are able to climb the tower for amazing views of the city. Children under the age of 8 are not permitted due to safety restrictions and tickets available on the day are also limited, so be mindful if you are planning your family holiday.
It is best to book online in advance, not only to beat the queues but also to ensure entry. Search for combination tickets, whereby you can gain access to see other sites such as the Cathedral Duomo di Pisa next to where the tower stands, the Baptist Church and the Sinopie Museum with a display of artwork found in the cemetery of Camposanto during WWII. If you’re not one for heights then climbing the tower may not be the best idea but don’t let that put you off, as the full tilt is clearly visible from the ground.
If you are planning to visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa, then choose from a selection of private rentals, houses and apartments within the city. Whether you are looking to stay close by or elsewhere within Pisa you can make use of the public transport, although most people chose to take the twenty-minute walk from the city centre giving you more choice. Check our accommodation in Pisa.
Whilst the tower is the main attraction of the city, be sure to take in the cathedral to which it belongs (Duomo Pisa) or visit the at Piazza dei Miracoli and the dome of Battistero. Relax in the gardens of Giardino Scotto or take a gentle walk along the marina. Hire a vespa tour and see the sights while travelling around on a classic Italian scooter.
For more information about the Leaning Tower of Pisa including: the history and facts, tourist information such as visiting times, ticket prices and booking, photo galleries and other tourist attractions within Pisa visit the official website here.
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