Visit to the Leaning Tower of Pisa: timetables, prices and advice

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The works for the construction of the Tower of Pisa began in 1173, and began to tilt in 1274, even before the third order was completed, due to the sandy silt soil on which the foundations of only three meters rest. The construction was completed in 1350 with the laying of the seven bells: given its role as bell tower of the cathedral. To date the tower is one of the most famous monuments in the world, open every day, provided that important precautions and restrictions are respected.


  1. Hours and prices
  2. Online tickets and guided tours
  3. What to see and how to visit the Leaning Tower
  4. Useful tips for visiting the attraction
  5. Where is it and how to get there
  6. Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
  7. User questions and comments

Hours and prices

  • Schedule: Tower, Baptistery and Monumental Cemetery every day 9: 00-18.00. Cathedral every day from 10 am to 00 pm. Admission is allowed up to 18 minutes before closing time
  • Best time to avoid queues: early in the morning and before closing
  • € 18,00. For security reasons, the entrance takes place in groups of up to 30 people at a time and children under 8 are not allowed, while children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Proof of age may be required - buy your ticket online with the skip the line option
  • Reductions: There are no reductions for the Tower of Pisa. However, reductions are available for the monuments in the square. Specifically: 1 monument of your choice between Baptistery, Monumental Cemetery, Opera Museum, Sinopie Museum € 5,00, 2 monuments € 7,00, 3 monuments € 8,00, all 4 € 9,00.
  • Free: the visit to the Cathedral is free with a ticket. If you buy any ticket, you will receive a free and timeless ticket. Free tickets for the visit to the Cathedral alone are limited hours and are available only and exclusively at the ticket offices on site. For the Baptistery, Camposanto, Sinopie Museum, Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, free admission is provided for disabled visitors with their companion and for children under the age of 11 if accompanied by an adult. For the Tower, admission is free only for disabled visitors with their companion, presenting the appropriate certification to the cashier.

Online tickets and guided tours

What to see and how to visit the Leaning Tower

Arriving at the entrance to the Tower of Pisa, don't be scared by the long line that you will find in front of you: visits are every half hour. Once your turn has come, your guide will be waiting for you at the base of the tower for a brief summary of its history, and a quick overview of the main features. Finished the explanation the visit will be free and therefore, you can safely climb the steps of the structure. The particular inclination of the tower will amuse young and old alike as you will have the strange sensation of going down stairs. Once on the top of the Tower of Pisa you can enjoy a view that alone is worth the ticket: the panorama available ranges from the Piazza, over the surrounding plain, along the Lungarno up to the San Rossore estate. The most attentive eyes will notice that the Baptistery and the Cathedral are also inclined by a few degrees. For those who do not want to miss a single detail of the tower, we recommend a guided tour (from € 75,00 per person).

Once you get off the Leaning Tower of Pisa you can continue the tour by visiting the monument chosen when purchasing the ticket or by taking advantage of thefree entrance to the Cathedral of which you are in possession. Founded in 1064, the construction of the Cathedral went through two phases, linked to two different architects: Buscheto, to whom we owe the original layout with a five-nave basilica body, three-nave transept and dome on the cross, and Rainaldo, responsible for the extension of the building and facade. The construction was completed in the last quarter of the 1595th century, when the bronze doors of Bonanno were placed in the central portal, which were then lost in the devastating fire of , following which numerous replacements of destroyed works were carried out and a vast decorative program. The Cathedral presents on the outside of the white-black colors of Arab matrix, and a massive use of re-used materials from Roman monuments, in order to underline the greatness of the city of Pisa compared to Rome. Bordered by two rows of columns, the central nave is flanked by four aisles divided by smaller colonnades. Rich and sumptuous are the decorations of the entire Pisan Cathedral, whose development is linked to a history marked by tragic and sensational events, which culminated infire of the 1595.

Useful tips for visiting the attraction

  1. Avoid the lines: get up early and arrive in Piazza dei Miracoli before the others. In this way you can visit all the monuments you want, without having to wait for annoying and endless queues.
  2. Priority ticket: The Duomo and Tower of Pisa option: reserved ticket (from € 24,00 per person) allows you to visit the two monuments at a reserved time, skipping the line.
  3. Watch out for the restrictions in the Cathedral: visitors are invited to have appropriate behavior and clothing. Explanations to groups of 6 or more people can only be made with the radio guide system, respecting the silence required by the sacred place. During masses and religious ceremonies: visitors have access to a limited area, the use of cameras is not allowed, guides and companions cannot explain.
  4. Restrictions and prohibitions of access to the Tower: the visit is not recommended for people suffering from cardiovascular as well as motor diseases, you have to walk up 251 steps, on a bumpy and slippery floor. Visitors are monitored with a metarl detector, the device does not affect the operation of the pacemaker. Entry is not permitted for children under 8 years old.
  5. Bagli and suitcases: large ones are prohibited in the Cathedral, Baptistery and Camposanto. Only small backpacks or bags will be allowed. The maximum dimensions allowed are 20x30x38 cm.
  6. Minimum time: for the visit to the Tower of Pisa alone it is 35 minutes, to these must then be added the 30 minutes of waiting and the time of exposure of the guide. For the Tower + Cathedral visit, the ideal would be to dedicate about 2 hours.

Where is it and how to get there

  • On foot: 25 min from Pisa Centrale station, direction Piazza Vittorio Emanuele. From Pisa San Rossore station 12 min, direction via Andrea Pisano - Get directions
  • By bus: LAM ROSSA from the central station or the airport, to the stop in Via Cammeo / Piazza Manin; Bus n. 4 in front of the main exit of the station, until the Piazza Arcivescovado stop; Bus n. 21 at night, main exit of the station, until the Piazza Manin stop.
  • By car: 15 min from the Pisa Nord motorway exit, take the Aurelia state road to Pisa. A tourist parking is present in via Pietrasantina.

Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief

The tower of Pisa is the bell tower of the cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. It is a 57 meter high bell tower in its own right built between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries. With a mass of 14.453 tons, the curved line predominates, with turns of blind arches and six floors of loggias. The slope is due to a subsidence of the land underlying which occurred already in the early stages of construction. The inclination of the building measures 3,9 ° with respect to the vertical axis and has been proposed as one of the seven wonders of the world modern. The bell tower structure incorporates two rooms. One at the base of the tower, known as the Fish room, due to a bas-relief depicting a fish. This room has no ceiling, being in fact the cable of the tower. The other is the belfry, on the seventh ring. Bordered by the walls of the upper walkway, it is also open to the sky and in the center, through an opening, it is possible to see the ground floor of the tower. There are also three flights of stairs: one uninterrupted from the base to the sixth ring, where one exits outside; one, a smaller spiral that leads from the sixth ring to the seventh; finally an even smaller one, always spiral, leading from the seventh ring to the top.

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