Due to the Leaning Tower of Pisa's global renown and unstable subsoil, tickets to the 12th-century tower are strictly limited and visits are timed; booking in advance is a must and skip-the-line tickets are highly recommended.
All Pisa tours cover the Leaning Tower, generally depart from Florence or Rome, and often include other sites such as the Piazza dei Miracoli and the Piazza dei Cavalieri, which boast the sublime Pisa Baptistry and Duomo. Travelers short on time can combine a visit to Pisa with whistle-stop tours of Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano, and Florence, all of which travel through the serene Tuscan countryside.
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Things to Know Before You Go
Book skip-the-line tickets in advance to avoid disappointment and dodge the long lines.
Opt for a private tour of Pisa, Tuscany, or the Cinque Terre to travel with a tour guide who will customize your itinerary.
Children under the age of 6 are not permitted to ascend the tower.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is not accessible for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility.
How to Get There
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is located on the Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square). From Pisa Central, take the metro to station Pacinotti 1, a 10-minute walk from the tower. From Florence, the RV Express train departs for Pisa every 30 minutes and takes one hour. From Rome, take a direct train to Firenze and connect to Pisa.
When to Get There
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is open daily from morning until evening, although exact hours differ from month to month. If visiting in June, expect large crowds and festive euphoria in equal measure—La Luminara di San Ranieri celebrations take place on June 16, illuminating the city with thousands of candles and fireworks.
What to do in Pisa
While the tilted tower is undeniably Pisa's most well-known attraction, the Tuscan city has plenty to offer curious visitors. Stop by the Romanesque Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral; visit the beautiful and well-curated Cathedral Museum; and don't miss the lush Orto Botanico, supposedly the first university botanical garden in Europe.
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