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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 4,876 reviews

Worth every cent ! Great slice of the Tuscan territory

Our guide Maria & driver Augustine ensured that we had a well paced day covering some of the best attractions like the idyllic towns like San Gimignano and the marble marvels of Pisa. Very courteous, informative and on the dot . One recommendation though - drop off at the train station at the end of the tour would be a great help to visitors.

Very convenient way to see Florence and Pisa from the cruise ship

Very comfortable. Would have liked more time in each destination. Wish the guide could have stayed on the bus the entire trip rather than having to get off and go to bus behind us. Would suggest that the bus drop us off in front of entrance to Pisa gate and then go park the car in bus parking lot.

Well worth the ticket—interesting, fun and concise.

Andrea was a wonderful tour guide. She made the tour interesting and fun, in part because she knew EVERYTHING you could possibly want to know and in part because she is lovely and funny. See the tower without this tour would have been like watching a movie with the sound off.

Drive was good and main guide great! Actual guide not so much...

The main guide on the bus was excellent! The actual local Pisa guide was nice, but not very passionate and did not use the headsets provided. Not only was his English had to understand, it was very difficult to hear.

A wonderful taste of many places just outside of Florence

Loved the tour. It was packed with great destinations each very different from each other. Not in-depth but enough to give you a taste. Valentina was an awesome guide managing a big group but making it feel personal

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