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As one of the most recognizable buildings in Europe, the Leaning Tower of Pisa attracts visitors from across the globe. It is actually the freestanding, Romanesque campanile (bell tower) of the majestic Duomo in Piazza dei Miracoli. While its architecture and history are fascinating, most people come here just to observe and photograph the curious tilt of this Italian icon.
If you arrive and find long queues, don’t let this deter you because you’ll be surrounded by some of the most stunning architecture in Italy as you wait. Use the time to learn some interesting facts about the campanile from your guidebook or from the short introduction to the tower’s history and style that you can attend at the entrance.
The Leaning Tower sits at an angle of 3.99 degrees. Despite its soft foundations it won’t fall over, so it’s perfectly safe to climb its spiral staircase and admire the panoramic views from the top.
You’ll be asked to store your larger belongings at the entrance, as the staircase is narrow. Ascend the worn marble steps, all 296 of them, to reach the viewing platform on the top floor. Look across the Duomo, the Pisa Baptistry and the green lawns of the piazza. You will have views of the wider historic city center from here, so be sure to keep your camera with you as you hand in your bags.
The tower’s medieval bells can be viewed on the eighth floor. Descend the stairs on the other side to see bizarre statues of animals that adorn its lower floors.
The Leaning Tower balances on the edge of Pisa’s historic city center. It can be reached on foot or bike from there or by bus or car from farther afield. If you are driving, there is secure parking available for a fee on Via Pietrasantina, just a short walk away. The tower is open daily and tickets can be booked online or upon arrival. Purchase a combined ticket for other historic attractions in Pisa to receive a discount on the admission fee.
This modern hotel is located in a quiet area just under a kilometer from the Leaning Tower and historic center of Pisa, and 3 km from Pisa Airport.
This modern hotel is located in the city centre of Pisa, a short distance from the Duomo, 200 meters from the Leaning Tower, a 20-minute walk from Pisa Centrale Railway Station, and 4 km from Galileo Galilei Airport.
Located in Pisa City Centre, this hotel is steps from Palazzo Agostini and Leaning Tower. Pisa Royal Palace and Knight's Square are also within 5 minutes.
Located in Pisa City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of University Hospital of Santa Chiara and Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. Orto Botanico di Pisa is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) away.
Located in Pisa City Centre, this apartment building is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Cathedral of Pisa.
Located in Pisa City Centre, this bed & breakfast is steps from Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies and Leaning Tower. Knight's Square and Museo dell'Opera del Duomo are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Pisa City Centre, this bed & breakfast is steps from Teatro Verdi and Leaning Tower. National Museum of San Matteo and Pisa Royal Palace are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Pisa City Centre, this family-friendly Pisa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Leaning Tower, Piazza dei Miracoli, and Pisa Baptistry. Cathedral of Pisa and Museo dell'Opera del Duomo are also within 10 minutes.