Plan Your Visit to Pisa & the Leaning Tower
Book your Tickets to Climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa
The thrill and excitement of actually standing in front of a famous icon like the Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of those special memories that you will treasure always. The monumental site draws visitors from all over the world yet, in this vast square, busy with people you can still feel the uniqueness which UNESCO recognized when they deemed it a World Heritage Site.
There is nothing like finally realizing a dream come true: just inhaling the presence of this striking marble bell tower, the gentle tilt which has made it so famous, seeing it framed in a wide square with a well maintained grassy park all around. It all just seems picture perfect. Don’t just see the tower, climb to the very top of the Leaning Tower!
A word of caution, don’t leave the chance of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to chance. Make your visit special by pre-booking your Leaning Tower of Pisa tickets to go inside and walk up the top for a great experience, fabulous views and stupendous photos.
Be Prepared for the Leaning Tower of Pisa
When preparing for your visit, make note that the tower is so much more than just a tower: it is approximately 14,453 tons of leaning marble and stone, with over 200 steps and it’s tilt is over 4 meters to the side. This will make for a very interesting climbing experience!
The Square of Miracles, where the tower is located, is actually composed of several different elements. Each structure has a distinct historic value and individual beauty:
- The Cathedral or Duomo, started in 1062 has a distinctive Pisan Romanesque style of architecture
- The Baptistery, which is one of the largest baptisteries in Italy, boasts truly notable acoustics which are often demonstrated with chants and songs (every 30min-1 hour)
- The Camposanto, which is the old cemetery, is said to have been built around a shipload of sacred soil brought back to Pisa during the crusades thus giving it the name “Holy Field”
- Sinopie Museum located inside the New Hospital of the Holy Spirit, houses the preparatory sketches of the frescoes in the Camposanto destroyed during WWII.
- The Leaning Tower of Pisa, of course, which is set to the far side of the Cathedral yet visible from every corner of the square
When considering all this beauty and the vast number of people who come to admire the Leaning Tower and surroundings, it really is important to know that visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa is more than just showing up. Reservations are required and they come with precise entry times and limited numbers, unfortunately just showing up to the ticket office will not guarantee you entry. Pre-booking is highly recommended in order to avoid disappointment when you arrive, particularly in the spring and summer.
Plan Time to Visit Everything
The entrance into the Leaning Tower of Pisa may require a ticket and entry time, but the Cathedral of Pisa is free. However, it still requires a ticket. The good news is once you have pre-booked your ticket to the Leaning Tower you can then use the same ticket to enter into the Cathedral and visit the many works of art including mosaics, paintings, sculptures and even the place that Galileo is believed to have formulated his theory about the movement of a pendulum. The Camposanto, perhaps one of the more stunning monumental cemeteries in Italy, the Sinopie Museum and the Baptistery, with its ornate architectural structure & classical interior, all require a separate entry ticket but this you can buy on the spot when you arrive in Pisa. We highly recommend planning to make a full day trip to Pisa to see more of what the city has to offer.
Learn the History of Pisa with a Walking Tour!
The famous Leaning Tower of Pisa makes it easy to forget the that Pisa was actually a very important city in the past and many forget or don’t realize there are many other beautiful monuments throughout the city.
So the best way to visit Pisa is to take a short walking tour around the quiet streets and admire the architecture, monuments and history with an expert guide to show you both the Square of Miracles and the Leaning Tower of Pisa as well as beyond are a must to enjoy the exceptional elegance of this town.