Leaning Tower of Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa

The leaning tower of Pisa also popularly known as the tower of Pisa or Bell Tower which is a free standing tower very next to the Church of the Italian city of Pisa. The tower is situated behind the church and is considered to be the third oldest structure of Pisa. The tower was initially made to stand straight but it leaned towards south east direction due to the poor foundation and substrate that led the foundation to change its direction at the end. It was seen that during the early construction the inclination of the tower was towards southeast direction and it was caused immediately after the construction of the tower in 1173.


The history of this one of the 7 wonders of the world is highlighted under lots of controversies. It is been still debated that who was the original architect of the leaning tower of Pisa. It is believed that Bonanno Pisano was the original creator of the leaning tower of Pisa. It so happened that when the construction reached the third floor in 1178 it was stopped abruptly as the structure was seem to be sinking towards ground therefore the construction was halted for about 90 years. After that it was completed by Giovanni di Simone and Tommano Simone. The halt in the construction gave enough time to the foundation soil to settle down. It is claimed here that if such halt would not have taken place the tower would have definitely collapsed. As the tower was tilted the further construction of the last 4 floors was done in such a way that one side is taller than the other. Thus the tower is manipulated to lean in the opposite direction.

Leaning Tower of Pisa Information

Location Italy
Geographic Coordinates 43°43′24″N 10°23′39″E
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Province Pisa
District Tuscany
Ecclesiastical or Organizational Status open
Website http://www.opapisa.it/en/home-page.html


Leaning Tower of Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa Facts

Some interesting facts about the bell tower or the Leaning Tower of Pisa are as follows:

The total height of the tower is 186.27 feet from the ground at the lower side whereas it is 186.02 on the higher side. The width of the same is 13 plus feet and 8 plus feet from the top. The total weight of the tower is 14,500 metric tons and it has about 296 steps. It is an 8 storey building and its shape is cylindrical. Some other facts about the same is that Galileo Galilei dropped two cannon balls of different masses from the tower, this action demonstrated the speed of descent and its mass independency from each other. Therefore the greatest theory of gravity was formulated by him through this experiment from the tower. The tower was used as for the observation by the Nazi government during the World War II. This decision not only protected the tower from getting destroyed but also helped the Nazi’s to watch over their enemies.

Leaning Tower of Pisa Weather & Climate

The best time to be in Pisa to watch over this miraculous wonder of architect is during spring and autumn season as at this point of time the weather is very pleasant and the place is less crowded for sightseeing. It is advisable to you to avoid July and August for visiting as there will be a very high temperature and also during late months of the year that is in November to February there will be very cool temperature.

Things to Do & Things to See in Leaning Tower of Pisa

Besides watching over the Leaning Tower of Pisa you can also get some other interesting sights to see and lots of adventurous and interesting things to do. Such as:

  1. Watch over some famous Universities of the City.
  2. Get involved in the sporting activities like Football
  3. Go for shopping
  4. A lots of restaurants are there that offer variety of cuisine
  5. Bars and Pubs
  6. Museums
  7. Historical tour
  8. Sightseeing around the town

Leaning tower of Pisa is one of the 7 wonders of world and it is worth seeing as its architectural uniqueness happened unknowingly.

Leaning Tower of Pisa Technical Information

  • Elevation of Piazza del Duomo: about 2 metres (6 feet, DMS)
  • Height from the ground floor: 55.863 metres (183ft 3 in), 8 stories
  • Height from the foundation floor: 58.36 metres (191 ft 47 in)
  • Outer diameter of base: 15.484metres (50ft9.6in)
  • Inner diameter of base: 7.368metres (24ft2.1in)
  • Angle of slant: 3.97 degrees or 3.9m (12ft10in) from the vertical
  • Weight: 14,700metric tons (16,200 short tons)
  • Thickness of walls at the base: 8ft (2.4 m)
  • Total number of bells: 7, tuned to musical scale, clockwise
    • 1st bell: L'Assunta, cast in 1654 by Giovanni Pietro Orlandi, weight 3,620kg (7,981lb)
    • 2nd bell: Il Crocifisso, cast in 1572 by Vincenzo Possenti, weight 2,462kg (5,428lb)
    • 3rd bell: San Ranieri, cast in 1719-1721 by Giovanni Andrea Moreni, weight 1,448kg (3,192lb)
    • 4th bell: La Terza (1st small one), cast in 1473, weight 300kg (661lb)
    • 5th bell: La Pasquereccia or La Giustizia, cast in 1262 by Lotteringo, weight 1,014kg (2,235lb)
    • 6th bell: Il Vespruccio (2nd small one), cast in the 14th century and again in 1501 by Nicola di Jacopo, weight 1,000kg (2,205lb)
    • 7th bell: Dal Pozzo, cast in 1606 and again in 2004, weight 652kg (1,437lb)
  • Number of steps to the top: 296

Leaning Tower of Pisa Opening Hours

December and January

Leaning Tower Ordinary: 10:00 - 16:30 (last climb)
Cathedral Ordinary: 10.00 - 12.45 / 14.00 - 17.00
Monumental Cemetery Ordinary: 10.00 - 17.00
Opera Museum
Sinopie Museum
Ticket Offices
9:30 - 16:30

November and February

Leaning Tower Ordinary: 09:30 - 17:30 (last climb)
Cathedral Ordinary: 10.00 - 12.45 / 14.00 - 17.00
Monumental Cemetery Ordinary: 10.00 - 17.00
Opera Museum
Sinopie Museum
Ticket Offices
9:00 - 17:00


Leaning Tower Ordinary: 09:00 - 17:30 (last climb)
Cathedral Ordinary: 10.00 - 18.00
Monumental Cemetery Ordinary: 09.00 - 18.00
Opera Museum
Sinopie Museum
Ticket Offices
8:30 - 17:30

From April to September

Leaning Tower Ordinary: 08:30 - 20:00 (last climb)
Extraordinary from June to August: 08:30 - 23:00
Cathedral Ordinary: 10.00 - 20.00
Monumental Cemetery Ordinary: 08.30 - 20.00
Baptistery Ordinary: 08:00 - 20:00
Opera Museum
Sinopie Museum
Ticket Offices
8:00 - 19:30


Leaning Tower Ordinary: 09:00 - 19:00 (last climb)
Cathedral Ordinary: 10.00 - 19.00
Monumental Cemetery Ordinary: 10.00 - 19.00
Opera Museum
Sinopie Museum
Ticket Offices
8:30 - 19:00

Leaning Tower of Pisa Tickets

Type Ticket Fare
on site Euro  15
online Euro  17
Cathedral Euro  2
1 Monument Euro  5
2 Monuments Euro  6
4 Monuments Euro  8
5 Monuments Euro  10
Cathedral Euro 1
1 Entrance Euro 2 
2 Entrances Euro 3 
4 Enrances Euro  4
5 Monuments Euro  5