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Reserved Entrance to Leaning Tower of Pisa & Cathedral

1. Reserved Entrance to Leaning Tower of Pisa & Cathedral

Climb up the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa with this convenient timed entrance ticket. Skip the long lines at the ticket office and go directly to the tower at your reserved time slot for a stress-free visit to the Leaning Tower, located in Piazza del Duomo next to the 11th-century Cathedral and the Baptistery. Walk past the notoriously long queues and admire both the tower and the cathedral at your own pace. The Tower is the third oldest structure in Piazza del Duomo after the cathedral and the baptistery. The construction of the tower started in 1172 and took place in three stages over a span of 199 years. In 1987, the tower was declared part of the Piazza del Duomo UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the neighboring cathedral, baptistery, and cemetery.

From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

2. From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

Begin your journey of Tuscany at Florence’s central train station, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to Siena, Italy’s most picturesque medieval city, whereupon arrival your guide will take you on a walking tour. Look up to admire the lovely terracotta roofs adorning the buildings and marvel at the magnificent Gothic and Romanesque architecture of the main cathedral.   Next, head to the hilltop town of San Gimignano, a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for the tower houses built in the Middle Ages. Enjoy free time here to see its splendid squares, palaces, churches, and magnificent towers. The last stop on your Tuscan excursion is a visit to Pisa and its iconic leaning tower. Take a stroll through the Piazza dei Miracoli and see other marvelous monuments, before driving back to Florence. Best of all, choose from either a small-group or private guided experience to make your trip special. Choose the lunch option to enjoy a homemade lunch paired with an informal wine tasting at a traditional wine estate in the Chianti wine region. Savor 4 regional wines at lunch and learn about their unique production techniques. Feast on an organic, farmhouse meal while you overlook the rolling vineyards under the Tuscan sun.

Pisa Cathedral Guided Tour and Optional Leaning Tower Ticket

3. Pisa Cathedral Guided Tour and Optional Leaning Tower Ticket

Discover the monuments of the Piazza dei Miracoli. Be dazzled by this marvellous square which is dominated by the Cathedral. Enter the Cathedral and see the Pisa Romanesque architecture. Admire the celebrated Leaning Tower, the round-shaped Baptistery surrounded by its suggestive columned arcades and its Camposanto, originally a cemetery, an extraordinary quadrangular cloister. Your guide will focus on the Leaning Tower, one of the wonders of the world.  After your 1-hour guided tour of the Square, you'll have the opportunity to climb the Leaning Tower. 

Pisa: All-Inclusive Guided Tour with Optional Leaning Tower

4. Pisa: All-Inclusive Guided Tour with Optional Leaning Tower

Discover all the monuments of the Piazza dei Miracoli. Be dazzled by this marvelous square, which is dominated by the Cathedral. Your tour guide will take you inside the Cathedral that dominates the square: you'll admire its decorations and glaze at this example of Pisa Romanesque architecture. Your tour guide will also take you inside the Baptistery, the biggest in the Catholic world and famous for its echo. Eventually, your guide will focus on the Leaning Tower, one of the wonders of the world, that you'll have the opportunity to climb (if option with ticket selected).

Pisa: 3-Hour Guided Tour of Pisa's Famous Buildings

5. Pisa: 3-Hour Guided Tour of Pisa's Famous Buildings

Marvel at Pisa's most famous monuments on a guided walking tour. Skip the queues and learn the history behind the four great religious buildings: Pisa Cathedral, Pisa Baptistry, the famous Leaning Tower, and the Camposanto Monument. Start your tour in the Square of Miracles and marvel at one of the finest architectural centers in the world. Step into the cathedral and admire the magnificent marble mosaics and pointed arches towering above you, while your guide highlights the Tuscan artistry and strong Byzantine influence. Explore the largest baptistery ever built in Italy with its enigmatic style. Hear its acoustics led by the duty officer every 30 minutes, making the baptistery a monumental musical instrument. Then, visit the incredible Leaning Tower of Pisa and hear the fascinating story behind the famous name. Climb up 251 steps and explore this medieval bell tower.

From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Tour

6. From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Tour

Depart from Rome and head out into the rolling Tuscan countryside on your full-day sightseeing adventure. During the journey, learn about this stunning region and its impressive history, which was of great importance to the creation of the Italian language. Arrive in Florence, a stunning city bursting with Renaissance architecture, history, art, philosophy, and science in every corner. Enjoy a guided tour of the city and visit all the most important landmarks, including the Piazza del Duomo, Mercato Nuovo, Vecchio Bridge, and more. After the tour, enjoy free time to explore on your own. Don’t forget to stop at a local café to sample some delicious Tuscan delicacies and desserts. Upgrade your experience and receive tickets to the Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo's David. Hop back onboard the bus and continue the tour to Pisa. Upon arrival, visit the UNESCO listed Piazza dei Miracoli where the Pisan Romanesque style cathedral is located. In the same square, find the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa and stop to take some photos for your vacation album. Spend some more free time exploring the city before hopping back on the bus where you can soak up stunning countryside views on the return to Rome.

Livorno: Florence & Pisa Shore Excursion with Food Tasting

7. Livorno: Florence & Pisa Shore Excursion with Food Tasting

After meeting with your tour leader, you will begin your trip to Florence in a fully equipped and comfortable bus. En-route, you can prepare to enjoy a day surrounded by art and beautiful Renaissance landscapes. Allow yourself fall in love with one of the most beautiful and artistic cities in the world, Florence. You can stroll through its alleys full of history, and enjoy its charming monuments. Next, discover the most beautiful squares such as Piazza Repubblica. You can take a tour through the streets where the father of the Italian language, Dante Alighieri, used to walk, discover Piazza della Signoria, and take pictures of the emblematic Ponte Vecchio, without a doubt one of the most precious symbols of the city. If you are an art lover, you can optionally visit the Accademia Gallery, one of the most famous museums in the world. There you can admire David, one of the majestic works of art by Michelangelo. If you prefer, you can visit the complex of the Duomo of Florence, an impressive Renaissance construction that will surely take your breath away. After your magical trip to Florence, you will go to Pisa. There, you can explore Piazza dei Miracoli (which you will access through the Santa Maria gate), one of the entrances of the old wall that used to surround the city. Be amazed by the impressive marble monuments and the green grass where you can lie down to admire the famous Leaning Tower, which you can climb if you wish! If time permits, you can go to the beautiful cathedral of Pisa, located next to the Leaning Tower, where you can admire beautiful works of art.

From Livorno: Shore Excursion to Florence & Pisa

8. From Livorno: Shore Excursion to Florence & Pisa

Discover the "Cradle of the Renaissance" and the beautiful miracle square at your own pace with a round-trip transfer service from Livorno. Your journey will be in a comfortable GT coach with air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi, driven by a multilingual assistant for your convenience. You'll receive a free map of Florence and Pisa, as well as receive an emergency number so that everything goes smoothly. Your first destination will be Florence - you will be dropped off at the Piazzale Montelungo next to Santa Maria Novella Train Station, enjoy your free time to explore the sites that interest you the most at your own pace. At 2:30 PM, you will leave Florence and travel to Pisa for 3:30 PM, where you will have at least 70 minutes to visit the famous Piazza dei Miracoli, one of Italy's most famous monuments. At 4:45 PM the bus leaves Pisa to arrive back at Livorno at 5:15 PM. With this transfer service, focus on enjoying these two beautiful cities instead of worrying about transportation.

Florence: Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti, & Pisa with Lunch

9. Florence: Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti, & Pisa with Lunch

Get lost in the beauty of Tuscany with this tour from Florence to Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti, and Pisa. Have some free time to explore San Gimignano, Siena, and Pisa at your own pace.  Meet an assistant that will help you board the comfortable coach. Relax and enjoy the countryside on the drive, or make use of the free onboard Wi-Fi. Drive through Chianti vineyards on the way to Siena. Wander through the pedestrian-friendly heart of this historic hilltop town. Stroll through the medieval brick buildings of Siena with free time to see its central square Piazza del Campo, its Gothic town hall, or its 14th-century Torre del Mangia tower. Continue through the countryside and stop at a wine estate surrounded by lush rolling hills.  Sit down for a traditional Tuscan lunch which is served with a selection of delectable regional wines. Depart for the medieval UNESCO World Heritage town of San Gimignano. Walk through its cobblestone streets and small squares to uncover charming craftsmen’s shops. Pass by hilltop hamlets and churches on the way to Pisa. Admire the Field of Miracles, a green grass area dominated by the dazzling white buildings of the Cathedral. Snap an iconic picture at the Leaning Tower. View an exquisite example of Pisan Romanesque architecture at the Baptistery. return to your meeting point in Florence.

Livorno: Escorted Shore Excursion to Pisa with Leaning Tower

10. Livorno: Escorted Shore Excursion to Pisa with Leaning Tower

As your cruise arrives in Livorno, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a half-day shore excursion exploring Pisa, a beautiful city approximately 30 minutes from the port. Once in Pisa, you will enjoy a short walk with your expert guide to Miracle Square, where you will find the most precious jewels of Pisa. To access, you'll pass through the Santa Maria gate, one of the entrances of the old wall that used to surround the city. From there you will be enchanted by the beautiful construction, including the white marble of the cathedral and baptistery, and the green grass where you can lie down to admire the astonishing monuments which surround you. You will be free to explore this treasure of Tuscany at your own pace and discover its secrets and history with the stories that your tour leader will tell you during your bus ride. At your tour's conclusion, you will be returned to the port of Livorno.

Planning Your Visit

  • Best time to visit

    Go in mid-June to experience Pisa's Luminara festival on June 16th, and the San Ranieri Day parade on the 17th. The best time of day to visit the Leaning Tower depends on what you want out of the trip. Early birds will beat the crowds, but you should check the weather first as it'll likely be clearer later on. Important if you want to get some decent selfies!

  • How to get there?

    The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a relatively easy walk north from Pisa Centrale station, though buses are also available from the bus stop in front of the Jolly Hotel (right across from Pisa Centrale). Pisan buses are sorted by color rather than number, so look out for one with the red LAM sign (LAM rossa) on the front. Alight at the stop "Torre."

  • How many steps?

    You'll need to be pretty fit to climb the Leaning Tower. If you're not sure, take the north-facing staircase to the top. It has two fewer steps (294 as opposed to 296)!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Opening times vary due to the season and religious holidays, but generally it is open between the hours of 10:00AM and 5:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    €18 to enter the Tower.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. It's worth checking out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    The Tower is five minutes' walk from the Cathedral Square.
  • Additional information

    • Wear good walking shoes, and don't exert yourself when it comes to climbing the 296 stairs.

    • You can book a ticket for the Tower from 20 days in advance.

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What people are saying about Tower of Pisa

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 9,121 reviews

Stefano was awesome and so was Nando. One of the most personable tour guides we’ve had in the 3 months we’ve been backpacking all over Europe and of the many tours we’ve done, he was funny and was interesting to listen to! I would recommend this tour for anyone that wants to see Tuscany! The lunch was amazing and definitely worth it! The vineyard was beautiful.

I highly recommend the tour for people, which want to see some highlights of Toscany. As I’m not eating mean I was even surprised to have some nice pasta and other dishes which made my stomach happy and Alexandro, he was a guide with a passion, always there when you have some questions

Our guide Ale from Walkabout Florence was amazing! Spent the time to talk to each of us, and was more than happy to answer questions and give us suggestions about the places we went to!

Our guide Sonia was wonderful! If we were to do anther excursion like this, we’d do only 2 towns, 3 seemed too rushed.

Half day trip- very relaxing and interesting. We’ll organized. Local guide joined us in Pisa. She was excellent!!