Leaning Tower Of Pisa Tickets

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Opening hours

1. December and January 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

2. November and February 9:30 am - 5:50 pm

3. March 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

4. April, May and September 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

5. June, July and August 8:30 am - 11:00 pm

The above hours are only a guide as the Tower's opening times are subject to change.

How to get there

Piazza del Duomo, 56126 Pisa PI, Italy

Getting from the centre of Pisa to the Leaning Tower is easy. There are three buses running from Pisa Centrale station to the Piazza del Miracoli (Square of Miracles), where the Tower is located. Choose from the number 3 or 4 bus or the shuttlebus A. Another option is to simply stroll there. The Tower is only around thirty minutes from the centre of town and the walk over the River Arno is a great way to do some more sightseeing.


Should I Book Tickets In Advance?
Definitely. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of Italy's most popular attractions and it can get incredibly busy, so booking your tickets ahead of time is strongly recommended. Access to the Tower is strictly regimented, so punctuality is key. And don't hang around either—you will have only thirty minutes to enjoy your visit. If you do neglect to book ahead, you can still but tickets on the day, but be prepared for a long wait until the next time a slot becomes available!
Is There A Lift?
Unfortunately there is no lift waiting to whisk you to the top. The Tower's design—and the fact that it's on a slant—means that a lift is just not feasible, so you're going to have to make your own way up to the top via 296 steps. And do be prepared for the climb. A bottle of water is, as always, a useful accessory, as are a pair of trusty shoes, as centuries of wear have made the steps some what uneven.
Is There Anywhere To Eat Or Drink?
There are no bars or cafes within the Tower itself, but there are plenty of options to eat or drink around the Piazza del Miracoli, some of which offer beautiful views of the square. The Pizzaria Trattoria La Buca is a fine spot for lunch. This family run pizzeria offers a local spin on Italian favourites and is a great place to watch the world go by. If you're after something a little quicker, head to L'Ostellino on the nearby Piazza Felice Cavallotti. This beloved sandwich shop offers mouthwatering local delicacies—often in curious combinations.
Are Guided Tours Available?
The Leaning Tower does not offer any official tours, but finding a guided tour that comprises the Square of Miracles is easy. You can learn all you need to know before you head to the Tower and then dazzle your fellow visitors with all your newly-acquired facts and figures!

Things To Know

A Brief History
Work on the Tower of Pisa (no-one knew it would be the Leaning Tower at the time!) began in 1173, but, due to Pisa being at war with its neighbours, it was not completed until almost two hundred years later. This, it turned out, was a very good thing, as the long pause allowed the soil beneath the Tower to settle. Had it been built any faster the Tower would surely have sank into the earth or keeled over..
Scientific Balls
Sometime around 1590, Italian scientist Galileo Galilei is rumoured to have come to the Leaning Tower to conduct an experiment. Using the Tower's famous tilt to his advantage, he leant out from the top floor and dropped two cannonballs of different weights. The experiment was an attampt to prove that they would both hit the bootom at the same time, beause they fell at the same speed regardless of their mass. American astronaut David Scott repeated Galileo's experiment during the Apollo 15 moon mission, this time using a hammer and a feather. They hit the floor at precisely the same moment.
Other Great Leaners
The Tower may be the most famous leaning structure in the world, but it is by no means the only building on an incline. Two churches in Germany have challenged the Tower's status as the most wayward structure on earth but neither could beat it. the Capital Gate skyscraper in Abu Dhabi leans a full 18 degrees, far outstripping Pisa's claims, but in this case, the structre was designed that way so it doesn't really count.

Around The Tower

Piazzi del Miracoli
The Square of Miracles contains more than just the Leaning Tower. The majestic Pisa Cathedral that dominates the piazza is well worth a visit. The glorious exterior is matched by the sumptuous interior, with its grand Corinthian columns, famous carved pulpit and renowned works of art from local painters among its many notable features.
Piazzi del Miracoli
Piazzi del Miracoli
Camposanto Monumentale
The Camposanto Monumentale (literally 'monumental cemetary') on the north side of the Square of Miracles is reputed to have been formed around a cargo of holy soil brought by ship from Golgotha—the hill upon which Christ was crucified. Its endless cloisters are not only a true marvel of Gothic architecture, but also offer a great excuse to get out of the sun!
Camposanto Monumentale
Camposanto Monumentale
Pisa Baptistery
Also in the Square of Miracles is the stunning Baptistery of Pisa. This ornate dome, set just behind the Cathedral, is one of the most celebrated baptisteries in the world and the largest of any kind in Italy.
Pisa Baptistery
Pisa Baptistery