We followed the advice of Lonely Planet who said don't make your first visit to the Leaning Tower during the day! So we went along in the evening, which proved to be really magical, there was hardly anyone around, so you could really take in the atmosphere on the whole cathedral area. We have booked the Leaning Tower tour for the following day and we weren't then put off by heavy crowds. But, we were amazed at how many tourists don't actually go into any of the Duomo Buildings, the cathedral, baptistry and museum were really comfortable to walk around, aswell as beautiful and informative! The Tower Tour was fantastic, though I'm glad there are resting places on the way up all those 294 steps! The views from the Bell tower were fantastic! The effects of the Lean really messes with your senses when you're walking up and down the steps. Fantastic trip in all.
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