Schedule a trip to Pisa soon because of all the beautiful places and rich history of the buildings here. One of the must-visit attractions of Pisa is the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa wherein tourists take these Instagram-worthy pictures as if they were pushing the building - a photo op that definitely releases your inner child and creativity. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is famous for a lot of reasons - it is considered the glory of the Piazza, is the tallest bell in Europe, and was designed to be perfectly vertical but started to lean at a 10-degree angle during the construction. It may have taken a lot of centuries to finish the construction of the building because of the lack of funds but it definitely turned out to be one of the most eye-pleasing architectural structures since the medieval times in Europe. We want you to make the most out of your trip so here’s a guide to the Leaning Tower of Pisa! Scroll down to read more.
Things to do
Climb to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
It takes 273 steps of the spiral staircase to climb to the top of the tower so you can imagine how tiring it will be but when you reach the top, the 360-degree view of the countryside of Italy makes up for all of it. You’ll be able to even take pictures of the views from the top. Before reaching the top of the tower, you can also visit the open galleries which you will find on six levels of the tower. Aside from that, climbing the tower is already beautiful in itself as you get to see the old stone walls and the tower bells. It will only take you 30 minutes to reach the top.
Visit the Baptistery of San Giovanni
You’ll be amazed by the history of how this building came about - it was built in 1152 but took centuries to finish because of the lack of funds during the Pisa war against Florence and Siena. Tourists are often curious when visiting this religious building because it is known to be one of the oldest landmarks in the city. The architecture will take your breath away, from the Gothic style to the colors used in the building. There is also a hexagonal pulpit that was held up by pillars. Take a closer look and admire the details of the carved pulpit wherein you’ll see the Nativity, the Crucifixion of Christ, the Last Judgement, and so much more. It is only when you visit you’ll understand why the Baptistery is also called the Gates of Paradise.
What to eat
This restaurant is located near the Leaning Tower of Pisa, you could either grab a bite before heading to the tower or even after your climb. You can expect authentic Italian food here such as pizza, carbonara, pesto pasta, and so much more. You could also relax here and have yourself a good cup of hot coffee. The food here is just perfect for the price you pay.
3.9 Pisa Tower Panoramic Cafe & Restaurant
This cafe and restaurant is known to be part of the world’s top 10 uniquely located restaurants. You have a wide range of cuisines to choose from such as Italian, Mediterranean, and other international cuisines. It’s called 3.9 Pisa Tower because it’s exactly tilted as the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Aside from the good food, the best part is that you can get a different view or what people would often call the secret view of the tower. Be blown away by the panoramic views you can enjoy by the terrace of the restaurant.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Italy so you could imagine the line of the ticket booths in the area. To avoid wasting your time (you might even be informed tickets are sold out for the day), it’s advisable to buy your tickets ahead of your visit.
Be there 15 minutes before your scheduled climb
If you choose to climb the top of the tower it is best to line up 15 minutes before your climb. It’s important to be there on time as they won’t let you in if you miss your time slot.
Take a lot of pictures
It’s not every day you get to visit beautiful tourist destinations like these - so make sure to bring out your camera and take as many pictures as you want!
Keep an eye out for pickpockets
Always make sure your belongings are secured as the area is quite known for pickpockets and thieves. Be smart and take care of your things.
How to get there
You can take the bus that will directly drop you off at the Piazza dei Milacoli where you can find the Leaning Tower of Pisa. There are four trips in one hour.
If you opt to take the train, they run two trips an hour and tickets cost around 1.10 EUR (1.2 USD).
Take a taxi
Since the tower is known as a tourist attraction, taxi drivers are quite aware of where the attraction is. Taxis can cost around 10 to 15 EUR (11 to 17 USD).
You can get tickets from third-party websites wherein they offer packages and promos or you can choose to buy from the attraction’s official website. For only 18 EUR (20 USD) you can get a ticket to the tower and a free pass to the cathedral. You could also get tickets for the different monuments such as the Baptistery, Camposanto, Sinopie Museum, and Opera del Duomo Museum for 5 to 9 EUR (6 to 10 USD). Each ticket gets a free pass to the Cathedral. If you’re visiting the Opera del Duomo Museum, you can also get an audio guide for 4 EUR (5 USD).
Skip-the-line Leaning Tower of Pisa Guided Small-Group Tour
Duration: 1 hour
Leaning Tower Of Pisa information
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Address: Piazza del Duomo, 56126 Pisa PI, Italy
Opening hours: 9am-7pm (daily)
Price: 18 USD
Official website: Leaning Tower of Pisa
Department of tourism: Visit Tower of Pisa
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