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City Skyline: Climbing to the Top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Yes, it is possible to climb to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. You just don’t pose like you’re saving the leaning tower from falling with your tiny hands but you have to climb and see what’s up there. The views aren’t really impressive but climbing a leaning tower is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You don’t get to experience that anywhere else, right? Perhaps, this might be the only leaning tower you’d ever climbed on.

Before Climbing the Leaning Tower of Pisa

First, you have to buy a ticket. The ticket booth is on the left side, across the green lawn. When buying, choose a time that’s convenient for you. They limit the number of people going up there for security reasons. When you’ve paid, go to the room next door and leave your things in a locked safe. They won’t allow backpacks or bags. Just bring your camera, phone or valuable things, like your wallet. Be sure to line up 10-15 minutes before your time.

Climbing to the Top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa

The leaning tower is made of pure white marble. And as you can see, there are eight storeys. 

Three Landmarks to See in Pisa: The Leaning Tower, Pisa Cathedral and Baptistery (Italy).

Three Landmarks to See in Pisa: The Leaning Tower, Pisa Cathedral and Baptistery (Italy).

As soon as you enter, look up and you’ll see this. 

Climbing to the Top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy).

Climbing to the Top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy).

Read this before you start your mount. 

Climbing to the Top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy).

Climbing to the Top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy).

Going up to the top, you have to pass through the narrow 297 spiral steps. 

Climbing to the Top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy).

Climbing to the Top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy).

And these are the views up there. 

Climbing to the Top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy).

Climbing to the Top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy).

Climbing to the Roof of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy).

Climbing to the Roof of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy).

This is the view of Pisa Cathedral. 

Climbing to the Top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy).

Climbing to the Top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy).

And here’s the top view of the Baptistery. 

Climbing to the Top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy).

Climbing to the Top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy).

Of course – since it’s a Bell Tower – you can definitely see bells. If you’re “lucky” to be there when the bells ring, cover your ears hard. The sound would shatter your eardrums. 😀

Climbing to the Top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy).

Climbing to the Top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy).

The Square of Miracles includes three of Pisa’s most iconic attractions: the Leaning Tower, the Baptistry and the Cathedral.

Climbing to the Top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy).

Climbing to the Roof of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy).

There’s no time limit to stay on top of the tower – in fact – I stayed there for 55 minutes! 😉 

Climbing to the Top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy).

Climbing to the Top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy).

Where to stay – Hostel in Pisa

The best hostel I’ve stayed in Italy is Hostel Pisa. It’s a bit pricey (not your regular hostel price) but it’s worth it for a night of stay. There’s really not much to do in the city, except the area around where the leaning tower is. The hostel is clean and the staff are amazing. They have a restaurant/cafe that turns into a bar at night. They’ve got a small souvenir shop, too. Wifi connection is ok all over the hostel and they have a small elevator. It would take 20-30 minutes walk to the leaning tower, passing through a bridge and seeing numerous local shops. I’d recommend you to walk because it’s a great way to get to know the city and its people.

The main train station is just 5-7 minutes from Hostel Pisa. You can book via HostelWorld and Booking.com. It would take 20-30 minutes walk to the Tower from this hostel.

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