Pisa is a small city offering travelers a pleasant combination of the historic and modern. You can find this Romanesque town 83 km west of Florence and makes for a great day trip!
Booking the Leaning Tower of Pisa ticket guarantees you will be able to enter and climb the tower without any hassle and lengthy queueing. Even better, you will surely dodge the disappointment of learning that the tickets have been sold out and your visit to the Leaning Tower of Pisa is not happening! After all, coming to Pisa and not visiting the tower is simply unthinkable!
Pisa’s bell tower is one of the most visited attractions in all of Italy. So, don’t wait to get inside the ticket office, book Pisa tower tickets online.
History Sneak Peek
When was the bell tower built?
Pisa’s bell tower is older than it looks. Its construction began in the 12th century. However, the process suffered one interruption after another be it for war, debt, or engineering troubles with the lean. Normally interruptions are an annoyance but specialists believe that, in fact, the breaks in the construction process are what saved the leaning tower from tumbling down a long time ago. Resting periods allowed the soil under the tower to compress and stabilize! Pisa’s tower was eventually completed in the mid 13th century.
Why was it Built?
The primary purpose of the leaning tower was to serve as the church's bell tower. Though the city of Pisa started off as a simple but Italian seaport its growth led to the construction of many beautiful secular and religious buildings.
As the city grew in fame and power, it got involved in various trade agreements and dogy military conflicts. Perhaps the most notorious one was the attack on Palermo (island of Sicily) in 1063 which secured the city a great deal of treasure. To show off their importance, Pisans decided to build a grand cathedral complex, a true Field of Miracles. The architectural plan comprised a cathedral, baptistery, cemetery and bell tower - the famous Tower of Pisa
Who Built It?
The true identity of the tower’s architect remains a mystery. Given the lean, he probably wasn’t eager on claiming the tower as his project. The names most associated with trying to save the tower in the first phase of its construction are Bonanno Pisano and Gherardo din Gherardo. The success of the second phase is attributed to Giovanni di Simone and Tommaso Pisano.
Why does it Lean?
The lean of the tower is a result of the soft, shifting soil typical for the Pisa area. Because of its very flat foundation on a ground made up of clay, sand, and shells, the tower started leaning before the builders finished the third floor. Over the following centuries, it painstakingly clear that the tower wasn’t just leaning, it was actually falling.
The engineers tried to save the projects in several different ways. The first attempt involved making the remaining floors shorter on the uphill side. Needless to say, it was not very successful. Don’t worry though, the engineers managed to stabilize it and it should stand still for the next two hundred years.
Book Pisa entry tickets today to gain an experience you won’t forget!