Constructed as the bell tower to accompany the cathedral, the tower began to shift on its foundations in 1178, before the architect, Bonanno Pisano, had completed the first three tiers.
Fortunately, the lean has now been halted, due to tricks with cables and counter-subsidence. The tower now leans on an angle of 4.1 meters (13 feet), rather than the previous 5 meters (16 feet).
It’s well worth paying the extra to climb the spiral stairs leading to the top of the Leaning Tower for views across Pisa. Make sure you book ahead as reservations are compulsory and numbers are limited.
Review by Julian W, May 2013
Doing what: Pisa and the Leaning Tower Half-Day Trip from Florence
A nice way to see a little bit of the countryside heading out to Pisa from Florence on the bus, which i enjoy doing. When we arrived, we got a local guide who was very friendly and funny. Not enough free time allowed to go up the tower but we still enjoyed ourselves.
I highly recommend this tour, especially for those who have only one day to spend exploring Tuscany. The private winery lunch was an excellent touch, but even without it, the opportunity to explore such historic cities as Siena and San Gimignano as well as Pisa in one day was worth it.
We were so lucky having a warm sunny for the excursion which was the icing on a fantastic experience.Our guide was Stephano - he is an experience in himself - the ladies were swooning over him , but as a man I thought him so friendly and knowledgeable on so many subjects in particular the subject of Tuscany and its cities.The stop in Siena was a delight , we being escorted by another guide who knew everything there was to know of the city and then some .pThe farm/vineyard stop was so so good .The tour of the farm and then a most excelent local meal washed down with a variety of their own wines wow .Be sure to buy some of their wine , tasty and great value .
Onto Pisa and the leaning tower , no more need be said .
Back to Florence with our heads spinning with facts and figures which Stephano put us to the test - we failed miserably .If you do nothing else during your stay please do'nt miss this day .Do not be tempted by other 'day-out' offers Walkabout is THE best on offer .
Take a walk through the medieval town center to get here, or jump on a bus at the station.