The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a massively famous landmark in Italy, but why does it exist?

If you’re visiting the town of Pisa, chances are you’re planning to visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It’s one of Italy’s most recognisable landmarks, so why wouldn’t you?

Before visiting the iconic landmark, you may be intrigued to know a bit more as to how the tower came to be.

History of the Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa was built as a bell tower, with construction beginning in 1173.. Only three stories were built when the foundation shifted. However, a war broke out, which delayed construction for many years.

When construction resumed, the structure’s foundation continued to sink more and more. Despite this, the tower was completed in the 14th century. Throughout the next four centuries, there were seven bells installed in the tower.

Over the years, the tower continued to lean, so in 1990 it was closed to undergo some work. By 2001, engineers had decreased the tower’s tilt by 44 centimetres, allowing the structure to reopen. During some testing in 2008, engineers found that the tower should remain safe and stable for at least another 200 years.

Visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Pisa is a well connected city, which means that it is easily accessible from other neighbouring cities. The most direct way to Pisa is to fly, or you can catch transportation from cities like Florence and Lucca. The other transportation options to Pisa include bus, train and taxi.

It is free to walk around the Field of Miracles, which is where the Leaning Tower of Pisa is. Otherwise you can purchase a ticket to visit the inside of the tower. This means you will be able to climb the tower and take in the panoramic views from above.

It is important to note that children under the age of eight years old are not permitted to climb the tower due to safety reasons.

Pisa Tours

The best way to explore Pisa is on a tour, which will allow you to see the city’s highlights and learn all the fun facts.

This two hour Pisa walking tour is one of our most popular Pisa tours. During this time, you’ll get to see the top attractions in the city including the leaning tower. We’ll visit Knights’ Square, admiring the historic buildings and tower houses. Then we’ll walk to the Arno River, which winds through the town centre. The path along the river will lead us to Garibaldi Square, an open space with a large statue.

We will continue on along the popular shopping street called Borgo Stretto before entering the Field of Miracles. You’ll know when we have arrived because there will be lush green lawns and gorgeous buildings including the Leaning Tower. Here, you’ll learn from your guide about the history of Pisa and other fun historical facts.

If you want to visit the top of the leaning tower, you can purchase a ticket and vie w Pisa from the top of the Leaning Tower!

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