Leaning Tower of Pisa
The world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa was built as a freestanding bell tower (campanile) behind the city cathedral. Constructed during the 11th and 12th Centuries, the tower is the third-oldest building in Pisa's Cathedral Square. Originally intended to stand vertically, the tower now leans towards the south-west due to uneven foundations in the loose earth. At its highest point the tower reaches 186 feet (57m) above ground level, and has 296 steps leading to the top floor. It is not certain who the original architect was but it was most likely designed by Diotisalvi. The tower has become iconic and daytrippers from Florence ensure that in summer there can be long queues; it is best to pre book on the internet or arrive early to avoid crowds. Although it is worth just seeing the tower - and taking the inevitable spoof photographs of people trying to hold it up - it really is wonderful to climb to the top and enjoy the lovely views and a close examination of the building. The tower is surrounded by lots of other attractions and lovely architecture and there are plenty of restaurants and shops to refuel and buy souvenirs. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a pleasant 30-minute walk from the train station and is easy to find.
Address: Campo dei Miracoli Pisa
Telephone: +39 050 560 547
Opening times: Open in December and January from 10am to 4:30pm; in November and February from 9:30am to 5:30pm; in March from 9am to 5:30pm; in April to September from 8:30 am to 8pm; and in October from 9am to 7pm