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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

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

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

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

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

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!

Tower of Pisa: Our 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 to 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.
  • What is the price?
    €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 tips
    • 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

Amazing and very well organized when compared to Firenze

The Tower climbing has to be done once but it is only for the panorama and the feeling when going up the stairs

Well worth it! The queue was around two hours without tickets

Very easy meeting point but no flag or anything to point your way just had to meet halfway on the steps. The guides turn up literally five minutes before hand but they are recognisable with the goguide shirts. Well worth the money purchasing these in advance. It was 40c when we went and although the queue is in the shade for some of it I'm glad we didn't have to wait.

It was a great activity. I am so glad we did it. The view is great!

It was a great activity. I am so glad we did it. The view from the top is great!

A great way to see the Famous Leaning Tower

For a place as busy as this, a timed entry is an excellent way to manage the crowds. As no bags are allowed, the free and secured storage is a wonderful service. Arrive about 25 minutes before your time, check your bags, then line up at the tower 10-15 mins before your time slot. Once in, just enjoy the splendour, architecture and the experience. Once inside there was never any pressure to leave the tower. Our entry was 14:00 and they were spot on time! I would do this again in a heartbeat. Well organised, polite and professional.

Wow...a great once in a lifetime experience!

Climbing the tower was a highlight of our Mediterranean cruise. Highly recommended. You need a pre-booked ticket to climb. This was a perfect way to get a ticket.

Timed Entrance Ticket to Leaning Tower of Pisa & Cathedral Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/07/2017

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