Leaning Tower of Pisa

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Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa, Italy
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Airpunk Airpunk
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Leaning Tower of Pisa Sep 15, 2017
No visit to Pisa is complete without a visit to the leaning tower and for many people, this is the only reason to come to Pisa. Be however aware, that Pisa is far more than the sights at the Piazza del Duomo - please therefore check out all the other beautiful sights Pisa on this site. Anyway, back to the tower. It was designed as a freestanding bell tower for the Duomo (Cathedral) of Pisa in the late 12th century. The tower already began to sink into the ground in 1178 when the work on the second floor was in progress. In 1372, the tower was completed, but over the centuries the inclination continued. It was later found out that the tower was built on the edge of a former harbour and the tower was closed to the public. After a stabilizaion measure carried out in the 1990s, the tower-was re-opened in 2001 to the public.

You can climb up the tower, experience the inclination while you walk up and enjoy the beautiful view over Pisa from it. Please be aware that only a limited number of people are allowed in the tower at the same time. Therefore, the visit is limited to around 30-40 minutes and tickets sell out quickly. It is recommended to buy the tickets online which are available from 20 days to 1 day before the day of your visit. If you are lucky, there are tickets remaining on the day of your visit, but you have to take whatever time slot is available. The price of 18,00 EUR (2017) is pretty high, however I think that it is worth the money regarding the unique character of the tower. Of course, if you see it as a simple observation tower only, the price is too high. Please also keep in mind that you will need to leave your bag at a counter as there is only limited space in the tower's staircase. However, the counter may refuse your bag if your time slot for the tower is more than 30 minutes away as they are limited in space as well.

P.S.: It is very common for tourists to take pictures where they appear to hold/support the Leaning Tower in order to prevent it from falling (or alternatively: Pushing it). Therefore, you will will surely not be surprised to find hawkers with selfie sticks. As I take very few selfies myself, I was one of the very few tourists in 2017 not to follow this tradtion.
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6 / 6 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
Ils1976 says:
congrats on the feature! After reading this, I am more than sure there is more to see than the tower! :D
Posted on: Jan 02, 2018
Paulovic says:
Congrats on your featured review!
Posted on: Dec 30, 2017
Kathrin_E says:
A well-written review. Congratulations on being featured! - When I visited Pisa in the 90's the tower was closed (for the works you mention), so seeing the photos from the top is particularly interesting to me.
Posted on: Dec 30, 2017
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Andy99 Andy99
621 reviews
A must for every traveler's itinerary Sep 29, 2012
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the true icons of travel. Its very image means "travel". I have traveled extensively over time and I had been to Italy before, but I had never been to the Leaning Tower. Actually beholding this icon in person was a "wow" travel moment for me.

The story. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is officially, the freestanding Campanile (bell tower) of the Cathedral. Its design has been attributed to Diotisalvi or to Bonannus of Pisa and William of Innsbruck in 1173. The tower began to tilt after construction had progressed to the second floor in 1178 due to weak foundation soil. The bell chamber on top was added in 1372, completing the tower. The main tower was designed in Romanesque style while the later bell chamber is Gothic. I find the cylindrical design with repeating single-order colonnades to be elegant. The Campanile would be considered an architectural gem even if it had never begun to lean.

A project to shore up the tower took place from 1990 to 2001 and the tower now leans a little less than it once did. But, of course, it still has to lean! That's its charm and cachet! It is possible to climb the stairs inside the tower, but we admired it from the ground.

Tickets for the tower can be purchased individually or in combinations with the Duomo, Baptistry, Campo Santo, and museums.

Part of the Piazza del Duomo, Pisa, UNESCO World Heritage site.
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3 / 3 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
davidx says:
I am well aware that I am in a minority in my views!
Posted on: Nov 27, 2012
Vikram says:
TBH, I thought it looked a lot smaller than what I had imagined. I was quite underwhelmed infact, and the fact that it's next to the cathedral and smack dub in the middle of the city, it did seem a bit noisy as well.
Posted on: Nov 26, 2012
Andy99 says:
Hi, David, We'll have to agree to disagree on this one! :)
Posted on: Nov 26, 2012
Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Iconic, worth a quick visit if you are in Tuscany Apr 22, 2011
The leaning tower really needs no introduction. Together with the coliseum in Rome, I am convinced that many people see the tower as a shorthand image for Italy. The work on the tower commenced in the twelfth century, and it started to tilt to an angle even before it was fully completed. The tilting is attributed to the poor foundations which the tower was built on. To get in, you pay around 15 Euros and there is a booking office which is nearby. Or you can admire the tower for free from outside. I opted for the second option. Although there isn’t much charm about the tower, I think you just have to come here to say you have been here. When I first saw it tilting out from the backdrop, it was pretty cool to see it. But after a quick glance, it’s time to move on. Also, if you get the chance, I recommend coming to see the tower at night, when it is adequately lit up and the tourist hoards have largely subsided.
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Vipin says:
it depends what you're interested in! i thought that Padua, Vicenza and Verona are great towns to visit, and all are easy reach to Venice and make good day trips too!
Posted on: Aug 13, 2011
sarahsan says:
I didn´t go up either Vipin! I´m sure it is reinforced with tons of steel, but I felt safer on the ground!
Posted on: Jul 04, 2011
sylviandavid says:
We paid and dashed up .... loved the view from the top... David is not one for heights but we took a family picture there with all three girls... one of my favorites.... It was a little high priced but I imagine they have no problems selling them....
Thank you for this nice review... sylvia
Posted on: Jul 04, 2011
katie302 katie302
1 reviews
A little bit smaller than I thought, but a definite must see! May 03, 2011
I'm not really sure the height I was expecting but it was slightly smaller than I had imagined. I have to admit it is a bit weird standing on top of a tower than is supposed to be tilting however going to the top is a must, the views are amazing.
sylviandavid says:
We liked it too! thanks for the review! sylvia
Posted on: Jul 04, 2011
cotterb cotterb
71 reviews
Vertigo.... Mar 17, 2009
The Leaning Tower actually does visibly lean. I expected otherwise once I learned they would let you walk in.

There are several ticket offices around the Cathedral area where you can get tickets. I was there in March and the lines were non-existant but according to my reading you should get the ticket in advance by phone or internet (www.opapisa.it/boxoffice) before arriving. If you're there during a busy time avoid the main ticket office. It's so obvious that's where everyone will be. If you go down the row of peddlers you will find another ticket office a little bit hidden.

The tower costs 15€ but you can get tickets for the other sites as well here. They can be combined for a discount, but not with the tower which is always 15€.

When I went in I was stunned. The marble-stone stairs have seen so many visitors they are obviously worn. As you walk up you can fell that at some points you're actually walking up more...and then down more with gravity pulling you in to or away from the outer wall of the tower.

The experience is amazing and they let you go all the way to the top. The guidebooks say that they only allow you in with a guide which is provided, however they didn't have guides for me today and the groups were small.

Well worth the visit. While you're there take a moment to snicker at all of the people posing for pictures perfectly to look like they're holding up the tower. It's actually funnier then seeing the picture itself.
sylviandavid says:
Nice review! sylvia
Posted on: Jul 04, 2011
sasenel sasenel
1 reviews
The Pisa Tower Jul 11, 2009
When you visit Pisa you have to climb the leaning tower of course. It´s a heavy climb but the view on the top it´s worthwhile.

The only negative of this experience is the entrance money it´s 15 euro per person for 20 minutes visiting the tower.
View from the top
Small staircase all to the top
Of course the leaning tower
sylviandavid says:
nice photos... love the staircase one... sylvia
Posted on: Jul 04, 2011
toddster184 toddster…
22 reviews
Do not spend too much time...Tourist trap Sep 18, 2008
It should have been a good warning when 3 people from my office in Milan told me to skip the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Pisa altogether. Against the suggestions, I headed to Pisa anyway complete with a hotel booking for the night and alloted a whole day to take in of what Pisa has to offer. Unfortunately, as impressive as the Leaning Tower was, that was all that Pisa has to offer. The Piazza Miraculi is in one spot with the Cathedral, the Baptistry, the Leaning Tower and 2 or 3 museums that surrounds the place. Outside the Midieval Walls, there was nothing else to see in Pisa. I arrived in Pisa early in the morning and by noon I was done with all three attractions and nothing else to do in Pisa.


- Take a tour of Pisa from Florence (or wherever you are staying). You will avoid having to lug your luggage around and checking into a hotel for no reason. Spend a good morning in Pisa, go to Sienna for the afternoon or the Mediterranean Sea to watch the sunset, then head back to your originating town. It is not worth checking out of your hotel/hostel and allow a whole day to spend in Pisa. There is much more to see in Italy than the Leaning Tower.


- Get a ticket to the attractions. As soon as you walk in the piazza, the museum to the right has the tickets and you can get packages of the ones you wish to see. Do not go directly to what you want to see ad you will be turned away unless you have a ticket. I bought 2 museums, the Baptistry and the Cathedral tickets without the Tower for a little over 15 or 18 Euro. The Leaning Tower itself is seperate for 15 Euro and you can only go up at a specific time stated on your ticket.

- There is nothing to see at the top of within the tower. At the top are the bells and if you have a good zoom on your camera, that is pretty much it. You can't get out of the 2 other floors that has access outside as they are under renovations.

- Take a picture of yourself pushing the leaning tower or pinching it, or pushing it with your finger. Don't feel stupid...everybody does it.

- Be careful of the people who sell counterfit items like belts, sunglasses, bags, toys and so on. They can do a dash and run especailly when they spot a cop as it is illegal.
sylviandavid says:
fun review... thank you.
Posted on: Jul 04, 2011
tm16dana says:
cool :-)
Posted on: Jul 04, 2011
Butterfly971 says:
I'm agree with you!!
Posted on: Jul 04, 2011
138 reviews
Mar 21, 2007
As the other people have said.. Its worth doing if you are in the area.. Its nothing to do here, but just to go up in the tower and brag about that you have been there to your son when he have geography in school (we learned about the leaning tower in school)..

But.. This is a tourist trap. Booring
sylviandavid says:
We actually liked it... and loved the cemetary that is behind the tower... so many crusader graves... really interesting..
Posted on: Jul 04, 2011
petrarchanprincess petrarch…
36 reviews
May 26, 2006
I think everyone who is capable should climb the leaning tower at least once, you'll never know if you'll be able to again! They constantly monitor the steadfastness of the structure and won't let you up if it's not safe. I suggest making arrangements and scheduling your tickets ahead of time because they only let you up in shifts of about 20 min each and you can only go up with about 10 or so other people. If you just show up and try to get tickets, you could end up waiting a really long time. Also, don't go to the tower to buy tickets, go to the area where you check your purses (you can't bring them up with you) and buy your tickets there.
sylviandavid says:
Nice review! Sylvia
Posted on: Jul 04, 2011
CFD says:
Good review about the leaning tower , its a real tourist trap.. But its really nice to say that you have been there :D
Posted on: Mar 21, 2007
dlazzaro dlazzaro
47 reviews
Nov 29, 2005
I finally saw the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa on my last trip to Italy during the summer of 2005. The tower itself leans a lot -- I expected the effect to appear minor, but in fact it's really dramatic. Tons of people surround it, some posing for pictures, some lying in the surrounding grass, and some just browsing the nearby open-air market. All-in-all, its a pretty impressive sight.The problem is that there is almost nothing else to do in Pisa......We found a nice restaurant nearby with a view of the Tower, but after taking a few pictures and eating, we quickly found ourselves bored. To ease the pain, we chatted with a few attractive university students who were lying on the grass, but eventually they had to leave, and that's when we decided the city really didn't have much to offer.Bottom line, it's worth seeing once, but don't plan to spend an entire day in Pisa.
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sylviandavid says:
good review... thanks
Posted on: Jul 04, 2011
foolz0r says:
DON'T FORGET- reallllly good gelato in Pisa... definitely worth a stop.
Posted on: Dec 01, 2005
Eric says:
Haha. Nice review. Some of my friends went to go see the tower when we were passing by Pisa on train. They just hopped off to get a quick look at the tower, then got on the next train outta there.
Posted on: Nov 29, 2005

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