Leaning Tower Of Pisa

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  • Address: Piazza del Duomo, 56126 Pisa PI, Italy
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +39050-835011
  • Ticket Price: 18 EUR
  • Tags: Landmark, Tower, Architecture , Observation Deck

About Leaning Tower Of Pisa, Pisa

A part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the wonders of the world and an architectural anomaly, welcome to the Leaning Tower of Pisa! The Tower or La Torre pendent di Pisa as it’s locally known, has captured the hearts and imaginations of people all across the globe. Its 3.97 degree tilt has resulted in this freestanding bell tower being one of the most recognizable structures on the planet. You’ll remember seeing this tower in countless movies, cartoons and postcards. In fact, its image appears in many, if not most, cases when Italy is alluded to. 

It all started in 1172, when the first few stones were purchased. The true architect of the tower is debatable and this confusion isn’t surprising since it took more than three centuries to build it. Construction started in 1173 but by 1178, the tower’s weak 3 meter deep foundation started to give way and one side began to sink into the soft, marshy soil. Due to the constant wars Pisa was engaged in with its neighbors, construction stopped for the next hundred years. After construction resumed, it had to halt yet again due to the Battle of Meloria. It was finally complete in 1372. 14,500 tons of white marble, spanning 8 stories all styled in Gothic and Romanesque designs finally stood proudly, albeit at an angle.

This tower is a third of Pisa’s Cathedral Complex, and the entire square was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1987. The tower itself has seen war as well as scientific developments, making it a symbol of Italy- both old and new. In a quirky twist, the battles that caused the construction to cease, saved the building as it allowed the weak sub soil to settle, before the other stories were added. This may be the first instance where war has done some good! The tower is also the point from where Galileo conducted numerous scientific experiments.  During the Second World War, German troops used the tower as a look out but were discovered by the American troops. In what probably seemed like an actual miracle, the Germans were left untouched, because the beauty of the tower stopped the Americans from destroying it! 

Today, thousands are drawn to the beautiful seaside town of Pisa just to see this tower in real life. You can rent a tandem bike and cycle around the square, while families and friends lounge on the lush grasses. It’s become a tradition to take a picture pretending to push over or hold up the tower and as clichéd as that is, it’s still fun!  Climb up the tower and divide your time trying to hike up and stop yourself from falling over during the same climb! If you’re able to get to the top, you’ll be rewarded with a stunning view of the entire area. You can also visit the nearby museum and then enjoy a delicious meal at one of the nearby restaurants, while the tower lights up and glows against the night sky.

Leaning Tower Of Pisa Information

  • You can arrange for a guided tour of Pisa, which will include the entire cathedral square.
  • Street vendors will provide you an enormous range of trinkets and items to commemorate your visit.
  • Visit the museum next to the tower to bite into a slice of Italian history.
  • The tower lights up at night, making it a perfect photo opportunity.
  • Carry water as it gets quite hot during the summer months.
  • It’s extremely crowded in the square, so be prepared.
  • The walk up the tower is quite exhausting so be prepared for that as well.

Leaning Tower Of Pisa Ticket Prices

  • Admission to the Leaning Tower is either 15€, or 17€ if you reserve a timed slot in advance. Children 7 and under are not permitted.

Leaning Tower Of Pisa Opening and Closing Hours

  • Timings vary according to the season.

How To reach Leaning Tower Of Pisa by Public Transport

  • Bus numbers 21 and 4
  • The train station is also nearby.

Restaurants Near Leaning Tower Of Pisa

  • Il Toscana (Italian/Moderate)
  • Le Repubbliche Marinare (Seafood, Italian)
  • Osteria Bernardo (American)
  • Osteriadei Cavalieri (Italian/Expensive)
  • Ristoro Al VecchioTeatro (Italian/Moderate)

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  • 95% of people who visit Pisa include Leaning Tower Of Pisa in their plan

  • 43.62% of people start their Leaning Tower Of Pisa visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Leaning Tower Of Pisa

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Leaning Tower Of Pisa, Pisa Reviews

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  • Highly recommended. The town is lovely and peaceful with a laid back relaxing vibe. Good place to recharge and chill out after some extensive sight seeing of tower. Lots of tourists here so pretty busy and it gets difficult to find good picture spots but a very unique experience nevertheless. Must see! It's a nice 20 minutes walk from the station which is worth it because of the idyllic atmosphere. I would recommend it over taking back bus if you can walk.

  • A must see! Unreal feeling to be there and see it in person. It almost feels fake. If you have the time try and take a photo container the most people trying to make it look like they are holding it up. Super fun people watching. Some go to great lengths. Cute area to walk around and plenty of restaurants to snack and drink at.

  • It is such a magnificent building to check out. Walk to Pisa from train station is so short and pleasant. It could possibly take 15 mins if walked straight but there are so many beautiful shops and buildings where I couldn’t help but make a stop. Also there are not too many signs to Leaning Tower, so it is easy to get lost in those pretty streets. It is packed as always in April, so make sure you have at least 2 hours to climb up.

  • I regret not climbing the tower. By the time we had gotten there, we had already walked about 20,000 steps, and I just couldn't justify going up another 284 up and 284 down, especially not for about $35/person. But I think it would have been worth it. Don't be cheap and lazy like me - climb the darn thing! I had a blast even though I didn't climb it. The architecture is stunning, and the story behind the tower itself is interesting, too! Don't worry, it's not going to fall over any time soon. Thanks to some solid engineering, this baby hasn't moved in 10 years - which is the least amount it's moved since being built! Also, the park is well manicured, and there some really neat things to do and see around Pisa outside of the Leaning Tower.

  • Really amazing piece of architecture. There is a vast garden which is very well maintained. The way it slants and yet holds up is the most gripping feature of the monument. There many other buildings as well. There is also a centre where you can watch an informative video about why the tower slants. It is also said that Galileo, the great scientist who invented the telescope, performed various experiments here.

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