The Tower of Pisa is a bell tower, famous for its dramatic tilt to one side. Located adjacent to the Cathedral of Pisa, the tower has become an icon of Italy. It is the third oldest structure in Pisa’s Cathedral Square. There are seven floors in the tower. The estimated weight of the tower is 14,500 metric tons.
The tower was not originally intended to lean, but because it was built on soft soils the tower gradually tilted to one side. Prior to its restoration in 1990 to 2001, the tower had a tilt of 5.5 degrees. Many people think that it will fall one day.
Millions of tourists flock to the lawns around the tower to take the classic photo pretending to hold up (or knock down) the tower.
The tower features Romanesque-themed medieval architecture. It is believed to have been constructed by Gherardo di Gherardo, Bonanno Pisano, Giovanni Pisano, and Giovanni di Simone. The tower is constructed from white marble.
Visitors can also climb the 297 steps to the top inside the tower. Big blind arcades boasting geometrical decorations form the base of this tower. There are seven bells tuned clockwise to a musical scale on top of the tower. The names of the bells are L’Assunta, Il Crocifisso, San Ranieri, La Terza, La Pasquereccia or La Giustizia, Il Vespruccio and Dal Pozzo.
- The Leaning Tower of Pisa stands at a height of 55.86 meters (183.27 feet) on the low side; 56 meters (186.02 feet) on the high side.
- The tower features a tilt of 3.99 degrees.
- The construction of the Tower began in the year 1173 and ended in 1399.
- The Italian name of the Tower is Torre Pendente di Pisa.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is located in Pisa, which is in the Tuscany region of Italy, not far from Florence. The tower is located in Piazza del Duomo (Piazza of the Cathedral) along with the town’s cathedral and baptistry. You can take a taxi or choose to travel in a bus from Pisa airport, located in the proximity of the city center.
Address: Piazza del Duomo, 56126 Pisa, Italy
Mornings are the best time to beat the crowds, although seeing all the tourists and their photo-ops can be entertaining in itself. Summer in Pisa is very hot and humid, but expect rain in fall and winter.
The opening timings of the Tower are:
December and January: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
November and February: 9:40 am to 5:00 pm.
March: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
April to September: 8:30 am to 8:30 pm
October: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
The entry ticket to the Leaning Tower of Pisa costs Euro 18 per person. The tickets can be bought at the ticket office on site as well as online. For online bookings, the tickets must be bought 12 to 20 days prior to the date of the visit and are subject to availability.
Nearby attractions: Lucca, Florence, Santa Maria della Spina, Guelph tower
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