ADD TO LISTOnce a powerful sea-trading city, Pisa is now most famous for the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Field of Miracles upon which it resides. Nearly all who travel to Pisa end up seeing these sights. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is 182 feet tall and tilted about 15 feet off the proper axis. You can walk to the top of the Leaning Tower, which is an interesting experience due to the lean. The Field of Miracles contains the huge Duomo, a Baptistery with outstanding echoing acoustics, the Camposanto Cemetary with its dirt from the Holy Land, and of course the Leaning Tower of Pisa. This area was central to Pisan life as it contained the buildings that play an important role in major events and ceremonies (christening, marriage, death). You can read more about these places in our Pisa travel guide.
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Be sure to stop by Cinque Terre on the way to Pisa because you can just fly by and not notice these really cool little towns on the way. Great beaches and really picturesque places to walk/ take pictures or whatever.
This is a fact, that many of the bell towers in Italy are also leaning for one reason or another. (According to the The Guinness Book of World Records the Tower of Suurhusen in Germany is leaner than the Leaning Tower of Pisa ???).
But none of them famous enough as this one, the 55m high, white marble leaning campanile with an inclination of 5° in southern direction.
In the past it was widely believed that the inclination of the campanile was part of the project ever since its beginning, but it is not so.
Incidentally, it started leaning before it was even finished. The reason was the shifting soil as grounding. The builders tried to compensate the leaning, but without any succes.
However, the lean is greater at the bottom than at the top. If you look at the tower from the appropriate direction you may notice it is really not perfectly straight on one angle.
A lot of work has gone into its maintenance in the last 50 years to stop it from leaning further, for example injecting concrete into the ground underneath. I have not heard whether these efforts have been completely successful.
It is difficult to predict whether it will fall or not, however, Pisa without the tower would be Venice without the water!!!
One more fact has to be added: also Galilei has been reported to have dropped bullets with different mass off the tower and proved that the speed of the freefall is independent from the mass of the bullets.
I think a visit to Pisa won’t be complete for you without climbing the tower, which is not so easy, because there is some limit of climbers per day.
It is the best to check in advance to make sure it is open when you go and reserve your place in advance (highly recommended!!!!).
Opening hours in high season 8:30am - 8:30pm, last entry 8pm.
For detailed informations check the Website.
Admission costs €15 (€17 if you book online in advance).
Online booking: http://boxoffice.opapisa.it/Torre/index.jsp
Maybe one of the worlds most monumental cities, Pisa is SWARMING with street 'merchants'. Be wary when they approach you, they are not know to steal from you, but their 'sales tactics' are quite annoying. The second you get off your bus or train, there are a lot of these guys running around, putting figurines and fake designer sunglasses in your hands, telling you it is a gift and then asking for money. Try your best not to let them ruin your day in Pisa, but they are hardly forgettable. Though, it can be quite a sight to watch hundreds of these guys grab up all their 'products' in cloths as the police stroll down the street, only to set them back up the SECOND the cops pass by.
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