Book your tickets to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of the most famous monuments and symbol of Italy all over the world. Construction on the Romanesque style tower dates back to 1174. The mysterious inclination and continuous movement of the terrain called for many alterations and repairs in the over 800 years since. Experience the thrill of climbing the 294 steps of the spiral staircase of the Leaning Tower, rising slowly above Pisa's vast Piazza dei Miracoli (Miracles Square). At Weekend in Italy you can secure your access to the famous Leaning Tower ahead of time - purchase your Leaning Tower of Pisa tickets here.
ATTENTION! Access to the Pisa Tower is ALLOWED ONLY to CLIENTS who present the CONFIRMATION VOUCHER provided by us with the red heading, TICKET OFFICE THE LEANING TOWER OF PISA.
WARNING: The Cathedral is open for sightseeing and admission is included in the purchase of any ticket to another monument of Piazza dei Miracoli.
NOTE: The visit is confirmed 45 days before the date, so reservation guarantees the inclusion on the waiting list and delivery of the voucher as soon as we receive it from Pisa Tower management. Charge to credit card made the business day following the request.
Reservations must be made no less than 1 day before the date of the visit.
PLEASE NOTE: Immediately after submitting an order, you will receive an email with your order summary plus a second email confirming your successful payment. A confirmation email with links to the vouchers will be sent one business day after you place your order (Monday afternoon for orders submitted on Friday and during the weekend). Please make sure that your anti-spam filter does not block automatic emails from firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The time you select on the order form is your preferred time. The museum or attraction will automatically confirm the closest available time, which can be any time during opening hours on the selected date, if your preferred time is no longer available.
Changes or cancellations are possible within 10 days from the day the reservation is submitted. Changes will be accepted according to availability. Cancellation within this limit allows the refund of unused tickets minus service fee (reservation fee and online booking fee).
In order to collect your ticket and avoid the queue, please show the confirmation voucher to cashier number 2, located inside the "Sinopie Museum" or cashier number 2 at the "Central Ticket Office", at least 30 minutes before the scheduled time of your visit.
You must also show a valid I.D. with your voucher to pick up the tickets. Once you have provided the voucher, the cashier will give you the tickets, which are valid only for the time shown on the voucher.
How to get there:
Effective Friday September 13, 2013 and until further notice the souvenir stalls will be removed from the Piazza del Duomo. The City Council will prepare a construction site plan that will close Via Duomo to pedestrian traffic for safety reasons.
Following this decision, the Opera della Primaziale Pisana has taken steps to organize the access of visitors to Piazza Duomo in the following way:
a) The arch of Piazza Manin will be opened, and elevated walkways will be placed across the lawns, given the impossibility of passing through Via Duomo. The walkways will connect to the paved path which leads to the cemetery (Camposanto).
b) The gate at the Tower of Santa Maria will be opened from 9:00am to 6:00pm, allowing access to a path along the walls and the cemetery (Camposanto). This route is recommended for the elderly, people with disabilities, and wheelchair users.
The Sinopie Museum will remain closed for that period, and tickets for the other monuments will be available at the central ticket office and the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.
For any problem or clarification, please contact the offices of the Opera della Primaziale Pisana.
Leave the station through the main entrance, and head straight for Piazza Vittorio Emanuele.. From there turn into Via Crispi. Go straight as far as Ponte Solferino. Cross the bridge, continue straight ahead, turn into Via Roma and go on until you reach Piazza dei Miracoli and the Leaning Tower. Time: approximately 25 minutes
Take the pedestrian underpass to Piazza Fancelli. Walk straight onto Via Andrea Pisano. Turn left and go straight ahead until you reach Piazza dei Miracoli and the Leaning Tower. Time: approximately 5 minutes
Take the highway Statale Aurelia to Pisa. At the junction for Parco di S. Rossore, turn left into Viale delle Cascine. Drive along via Contessa Matilde to Largo Cocco Griffi and the Cathedral Square.
Exit "Aurelia", drive on along the highway Statale Aurelia to Pisa. After crossing the river Arno on the Aurelia (bridge), turn into Lungarno Cosimo I° and then into via B. Pisano until you reach the Cathedral Square. (15-20 minutes)
Apart from its famous tilt that seems to defy the laws of gravity, the Leaning Tower of the Cathedral of Pisa is a very unusual building. The historical value of its design as well as its peculiar location within the vast and equally unique Piazza dei Miracoligive it a special place among Italy's many noteworthy sites.
The building is located at a distance from the Cathedral, between the apsidal area and the south-eastern section of the transept of the Cathedral. This is an unusual location. Normally, the tower would be erected near the facade or along one side of the church. In this case, however, the location of the tower has special significance because of its relationship to the other monuments of the Piazza dei Miracoli.
With its remarkable height and slim body, the Tower of Pisa was in fact perfectly visible from every part of the square and probably also from the river Arno. A veritable focal point, the Tower connected the city with the suburban location of the cathedral square. It stood as a beacon, a landmark, a lookout, and finally as an authoritative symbol of the civic and religious pride of the local community.
The current building is the result of time-consuming construction work. It was restored several times through the centuries, mostly to reduce the risk of collapse as a consequence of its remarkable inclination.
The edifice is composed of a cylindrical stone body surrounded by open galleries with arcades and pillars resting on a bottom shaft, with the belfry on top. The central body is composed of a hollow cylinder with an outer facing of white and gray San Giuliano limestone, an interior facing (also made of textured "verrucana" stone), and a ring-shaped stone area in between. This stone area accommodates a winding staircase with 293 steps leading up to the sixth open gallery. There, the inner shaft is closed by a vault with a central hole to let light in. From here, you can access the belfry, as well as the lower mezzanine floors and the open galleries.
The Tower of Pisa is divided into eight segments which are called “orders.” A circle of blind arcades placed on half columns enhances the lower order. A diamond-shaped compass inlaid with polychrome marble with a raised rosette in the middle is placed under the arcade. The openings of some narrow single-lancet windows interrupt the solid wall.
The only entrance door creates an opening to the west: a rectangular area framed by a lintel. Above the lintel, a crescent-shaped arch with an inlaid archivolt rests on two capitals as a continuation of the jambs, forming a shrine containing the bust of a 14th-century Virgin with Child. On either side of the door, friezes featuring animals, monstrous figures, and the unusual shapes of some ships (maybe representing the port of Pisa) frame the commemorative epigraph of the foundation of the building.
The problem of the inclination is one that has most fascinated and intrigued visitors, art lovers, and experts over the centuries. It is the feature that has made Tower of Pisa so famous all over the world. Adding to the appeal is the fact that the reasons for the inclination of the building are still fairly mysterious.
Experts have asked, whether the incline of the Tower of Pisa is an effect the builder deliberately wanted to achieve. Or, was it the consequence of an unpredictable and unavoidable, progressive subsidence of the ground?
Increasingly accurate measurements of the building and surveys of the subsurface have shed some light on the matter during the last century.
The Tower was presumably initially designed as a straight building. However, it began to sink right from the first stages of the building work. The subsidence was due to the special morphological features of the ground, which is composed of several layers of clay and silt, with groundwater levels running through it at about one meter in depth.
Based on the little information we have, we do know that the oscillation of the building was minimal over the centuries, as it seems to have settled. This fact is corroborated by the survey conducted in 1817 by two English experts, Cresy and Taylor.
A few years later, in 1838, some event must have occurred which abruptly accelerated the oscillatory motion of the building, necessitating major protective work. Based on historical and artistic considerations, it was decided to clear the bottom of the tower of the mantle of soil that had been hiding it for centuries. This involved the demolition of the buildings and constructions next to the Tower as well as draining the brackish water that surrounded the entrance of the building. This intervention caused the Pisa Tower to lose its balance.
The subsequent measurements showed that the inclination of the Tower of Pisa had increased by approximately 20 centimeters. In the 267 years between Giorgio Vasari’s surveys in 1550 and those of the two Englishmen in 1817, the inclination had increased by just five centimeters. The leaning movement kept accelerating for a few years after the work of 1838, then decreased again to about one millimeter a year.
During the 20th century, deeper understanding and better technical instruments, along with the support of governmental and safety authorities led to a proliferation of studies, surveys, and special projects.
The measurements of the Tower of Pisa
The monument is 58.36 meters high at the foundation and over 55 meters above ground. Its weight has been calculated at 14,453 tons. The center of gravity is 22.6 meters above the foundation plane. The outer diameter of the foundation measures 19.58 meters; the central hole is 4.5 meters wide. The area of the ring-shaped foundation covers therefore 285 square meters; the average pressure on the ground is 497 kPa. The current inclination is approximately 55°, i.e. approximately 10%. The eccentricity of the load on the foundation plane is 2.3 meters.
Reservations for full price tickets only.
Reservations to be made directly through Opera della Primaziale Pisana:
School groups: reduced price ticket allowing access to all the monuments against presentation of a list of names on the official letter head of their school. One free entrance for an accompanying teacher is granted for every 10 students.
Students of the Province and Pisa Diocese can access the monuments for free after collecting the specific authorization available at the ticket office. One free entrance for an accompanying teacher is granted for every 10 students.
Disabled Persons: Opera della Primaziale Pisana offers free admission to the monuments of Piazza del Duomo to disabled persons and the person accompanying them (one person per disabled guest), after reading the applicable access regulations wherever necessary. To visit the Bell Tower, ask the person in charge of the surveillance service first.
The purchase of an admission ticket for any monument of the Piazza del Duomo includes free access to the multimedia and information areas located along the special paths created in the Opera del Duomo Museum and the Museum of Sinopie. The exhibit includesvirtual environments, experimental tactile exploration of sculptures, and an audio guide providing historical-cultural information.
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