Tuscany, Italy

Leaning Tower of Pisa

One of the most famous medieval structures in Italy, Leaning Tower of Pisa was designed to stand 56 meters high and is constructed of white marble. It consists of 8 stories, from which 3 of them had been constructed when the uneven setting of the tower became noticeable. Leaning Tower of Pisa is probably the most visited sightseeing spot in Pisa.

History

Bonnano Pisano laid a marble foundation for the tower in 1174. Due to the fact that there was a lot of water under the ground, he was able to put the foundation only 10 feet down. When the builders finished completing the fourth story, it was obvious that the tower is leaning to one side and the construction had to be stopped. Other engineers added the remaining 4 stories and the tower was finally completed in 1372.

Visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Many people say that climbing this tower is a unique and an unforgettable experience. Keep in mind that the lines are long, especially during the summer season. The ticket can be bought on site and costs 16 euros. Reservations are strongly advised. Due to safety reasons, children under the age of 8 can’t climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa.