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Tower of Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa tickets and tours

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Why does the Leaning Tower of Pisa lean? The Romanesque 183ft (56m) campanile, was begun in 1170 but started leaning immediately due to the porous clay soil beneath it.

Building diagonal floors to offset the lean was attempted in 1272, but didn’t help. In 1372, the tower was leaning 4.5ft (1.4m). By 1993, it was 17ft (5.4m) and the tower was closed for ten years amid fears it might fall. But by 2013, it had started to lean slightly back in the opposite direction. What was happening?

Major engineering work had drained the water beneath, reinforced the foundations with concrete pillars, and bound the tower with steel cables. It worked. The tower reverted to the leaning angle of 300 years previously.

Some engineers believe it is possible to straighten the tower completely, but nobody wants that. Current predictions are that it will continue to straighten, stop, and then begin to lean again, but much more slowly than in previous centuries. The people of Pisa are happy. Three million tickets are sold each year to visit a leaning tower – not a straight one.

Opening times

9.45am-5.15pm November and February
(1 November 9.00am-6.00pm)

10.00am-5.00pm December and January
(5-8 December: 9.00am-6.30pm)
(21 December - 6 January 10.00am-7.00pm)

9.00am-6.00pm until 23 March
(9.00am-7.00pm 23-29 March)
(8.30am-8.00pm from 30 March)

9.00am-8.00pm April to September
8.30am-10.00pm 17 June to 31 August
(16 June: 8.30am-5.30pm)

9.30am-7.00pm October

About the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Few people initially realize that the tower is part of a much larger complex at the Square of Miracles. Here, you’ll also find the Cathedral of Pisa (the Duomo), the baptistery and the monumental cemetery – all in the Romanesque style.

Construction began in 1173 and was completed in 1399 under the guidance of various architects. Alas, these guys didn’t know their Greek very well. The name ‘Pisa’ comes from a Greek word meaning ‘marshland’ – not the kind of foundation you’d want for any tall building. Indeed, the baptistery and the cathedral are also sinking into the ground.

The other sights of the Piazza dei Miracoli are also historically very interesting and worth a visit. For example, the cemetery is made of no normal earth. It was created using 53 shiploads of holy earth taken from the hill of Calvary in Jerusalem so that the dead could enjoy some quality rest. Galileo was baptized in the baptistery here and spent some time throwing things off the tower when he got older. One of his experiments involved dropping two cannonballs of different weights to show that they fell at the same speed.

People forget that the tower’s main function was as a campanile: a bell tower. Accordingly, it has seven bells – one for each note of the musical scale. They have their own names: Assunta (the biggest), Crocifisso, San Ranieri, Dal Pozzo, Pasquereccia, Terza, and Vespruccio. They are still used to ring before masses and at midday each day. Try to time your visit to see (hear) the tower doing its stuff.

Address

Piazza del Duomo, 56126 Pisa PI, Italy

Getting there

By bus

Lines 3, 4 and Shuttle A from Pisa Centrale to the Tower

By taxi

From train station entrance and across the city

On foot

From Pisa Centrale’s main entrance towards Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, turn onto Via Crispi to Ponte Solferino. Cross the bridge and continue until Via Roma, then along Via Roma to Piazza dei Miracoli and the Leaning Tower

From San Rossore train station, take the subway and get off at Piazza Fancelli. Walk to Via Andrea Pisano, turn left and continue until you reach the Piazza dei Miracoli

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Pisa Leaning Tower and Cathedral skip-the-line tickets
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Pisa Leaning Tower and Cathedral skip-the-line tickets

Book your tickets for the Tower of Pisa, choose the option that best suits your needs and visit one of the most famous monuments in the world!

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Pisa Leaning Tower and Cathedral tickets and guided tour
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Pisa Leaning Tower and Cathedral tickets and guided tour

Visit the Square of Miracles in Pisa with a dedicated guide and skip-the-line tickets to the Leaning Tower and Cathedral. Book now for a great experience for small groups!

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Leaning Tower, Cathedral, Cemetery, Baptistery and Sinopie Museum skip-the-line tickets
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Leaning Tower, Cathedral, Cemetery, Baptistery and Sinopie Museum skip-the-line tickets

Buy this combined skip-the-line ticket and visit the Tower of Pisa with the Baptistery, the Cemetery, the Sinopie Museum and the Opera del Duomo Museum.

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Square of Miracles guided tour with optional Leaning Tower tickets
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Square of Miracles guided tour with optional Leaning Tower tickets

Book your tickets to visit Piazza dei Miracoli with a local guide and climb the Leaning Tower with skip-the-line entrance.

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Best of Pisa guided visit with Leaning Tower skip-the-line tickets
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Best of Pisa guided visit with Leaning Tower skip-the-line tickets

Book your guided tour of Pisa with skip-the-line ticket to the Leaning Tower. Admire the beautiful Square of Miracles and visit the Cathedral.

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Guided tour of the Cathedral and the Square of Miracles
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Guided tour of the Cathedral and the Square of Miracles

Enjoy a guided tour of Pisa and Piazza dei Miracoli. Visit of the Cathedral and be enthralled by the Leaning Tower.

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Pisa guided tour with wine tasting and optional Leaning Tower tickets
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Pisa guided tour with wine tasting and optional Leaning Tower tickets

Discover the famous Square of Miracles and get to the top of the Leaning Tower. At the end of the tour enjoy a wine tasting with a local expert!

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Pisa, San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti day trip with lunch
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Pisa, San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti day trip with lunch

Buy your Pisa, San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti tour with typical lunch from Florence. Explore the best of Tuscany in one day!

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Afternoon excursion to Pisa with Leaning Tower and Cathedral tickets from Florence
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Afternoon excursion to Pisa with Leaning Tower and Cathedral tickets from Florence

Book your excursion to Pisa with Leaning Tower and Cathedral tickets from Florence. Live the amazing experience of climbing the world's most famous tower!

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VIP small-group Tuscany Grand Tour: the best of Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti, Pisa
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VIP small-group Tuscany Grand Tour: the best of Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti, Pisa

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Pisa guided tour with Leaning Tower and entrance to the Cathedral
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Pisa guided tour with Leaning Tower and entrance to the Cathedral

Learn about Pisa's culture and history, walk along the medieval streets and climb the Leaning Tower.

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Duration 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private shore excursion to Florence and Pisa from Livorno
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Private shore excursion to Florence and Pisa from Livorno

Book your private transfer from the cruise terminal of Livorno to Florence and Pisa. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Florence and explore Pisa at your own pace.

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Duration up to 8 hours
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Reviews Tower of Pisa

Mateja, Jun 27, 2016
John, May 14, 2016
Josph, May 07, 2016
Kevin, Apr 17, 2016

“Went to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Very impressed with the structure up close and in person. If you care to go inside and walk up the 239 steps, make sure you have your strong legs on. The walk to the top was well worth the stops I had to take on my way up. Was quite surprised at myself getting so winded as much as I did. Overall, well worth the money spent.”

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