Visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Marina di Pisa beach

Visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Marina di Pisa beach in Italy

The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Pisa, Italy is truly one of the world’s greatest wonders. But Pisa is so much more than the tower — so if you are in the area to visit the leaning tower, then you will want to make sure to see some of the other amazing things the area offers, including Marina di Pisa Beach and the rest of the Pisa complex.

Click the links below to skip to any of the following sections:

History
The Leaning Tower of Pisa
How to Climb to the Top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
Inside the Leaning Tower
To get to Pisa from Florence
Parking at the Leaning Tower
The Pisa complex — the Piazza dei Miracoli
The Pisa Cathedral and Dome
Tourists
Marina di Pisa Beach
How to get to Marina di Pisa from the Pisa complex

History of the Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa began construction in the 12th century, and began leaning almost immediately. The tower was built on two different ground foundations, one of which was too soft to support the structure. When the structure was finished in the 14th century, the tilt had increased and was not fixed until efforts were made to correct the lean in the 20th and 21st century. Crews attempted again to make restorations in 1990 and 2001, which fixed the tower from a 5.5 degree lean to a 3.99 degree lean.

How to spend one day in Venice, Italy: Everything you need to know

The difference between the height of the lower side of the tower and the higher side of the tower is 2.7 feet, or 1.2 meters.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

The tower has 296 or 294 steps, depending on whether you are going up for going down. When you climb the stairs, you will notice the staircase leans to one side, and the stairs are hundreds of years old and therefore very worn in.

How to Climb to the Top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Although the climb is not incredibly difficult, it is also not for the faint of heart. The last staircase is a spiral and can get pretty claustrophobic, but once you get to the top, it is completely worth it.

Recommended: Puglia Italy, top 10 points of interest

To get your tickets, you will be directed to a building within the complex. They will also hold your bag there, as no bags are allowed up into the tower.

You can also purchase your tickets in advance here.

The building was built as part of a complex, and just because the tower is the most famous doesn’t mean the other pieces of the complex aren’t just as impressive.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa inside

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is made from white marble, and the inside is mainly hollow. During the time of building, Italy was a powerful country in the world and many of the materials came from all over the world, including around the Mediterranean sea, Africa, Greece, and Turkey.

To get to Pisa from Florence

When we visited Pisa, it was as a day trip from Florence, and it was only around an hour to get there. It took much longer to get back, but it was because we took a very roundabout road trip through the Tuscan countryside, something I would very much recommend.

Visiting Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius

To get from Florence to Pisa, take the SGC Firenze – Pisa – Livorno Highway. You can take this road nearly the entire trip.

Parking at the Leaning Tower

There are plenty of parking lots near the tower complex, if you use your Google Maps they can point them out for you. We parked less than a block from the tower, and paid $6 an hour. Don’t stress too much about finding something, it’s a small town and there is plenty of parking.

The Pisa complex — the Piazza dei Miracoli

The Pisa complex, also known as the Piazza dei Miracoli or Piazza del Duomo, includes the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Pisa Cathedral, with its beautiful duomo.

Book a guided walking tour of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Pisa Cathedral.

The Pisa Cathedral and Dome

The Pisa Cathedral began construction in the 11th century, in the same year that St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice — almost as a “space race” between the two cities. Both wanted to show their worth, and their places of worship was a great way to compete.

Recommended: Looking to take a road trip through Tuscany? Research your trip with this helpful guide

The Pisa Cathedral’s dome is elliptical and is made from marble, bronze, and mosaics.

The entire complex at Piazza dei Miracoli is an amazing site to see, and it is worth going into the cathedral after you climb the tower.

Tourists

Don’t be that guy. Except everyone there is that guy. Understandably, the Pisa complex is overrun with tourists most the year — and every single one feels the need to take the same photo.

Recommended: How to Spend One Day in Bologna

So, if you want to do it, then do it, and don’t be ashamed. It may not be original, but your friends at home may think it is.

Marina di Pisa Beach

Although more than a million people visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa each year, not everyone thinks to explore the region. However, if you are in the area, the Marina di Pisa Beach is a must see.

Recommended: Make the Most of Day Trip to Pisa with Small Kids

The water is clear green and blue, and the beach is white. However, although the beach looks like white sand, it is actually white rock, and therefore not incredibly conducive to suntanning.

But if you are looking for a photo opportunity, Marina di Pisa may be one of the most beautiful beaches in the country.

How to get to Marina di Pisa from the Pisa complex

It is around 20 minutes to drive from the Leaning Tower of Pisa to the Marina di Pisa beach. You will get right back on the freeway, SP 227, and follow the river down to the Mediterranean Sea coast.

If you’d prefer to take a tour from Florence, you can book here.

Whether you plan to stay the night in Pisa or are just there on a day trip, enjoy your time. Although there is not much to do in town besides the obvious, it is a beautiful area and well-worth exploring.

 

More »

Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Marina di Pisa Beach, including directions from Florence to Pisa and through Tuscany, Italy. #italy #tuscany #pisa #leaningtower #leaningtowerofpisa #marinadipisa #mediterranean #italia #pisaitaly #florence #florenceitaly #tuscanyitaly #florencetopisa Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Marina di Pisa Beach, including directions from Florence to Pisa and through Tuscany, Italy. #italy #tuscany #pisa #leaningtower #leaningtowerofpisa #marinadipisa #mediterranean #italia #pisaitaly #florence #florenceitaly #tuscanyitaly #florencetopisa Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Marina di Pisa Beach, including directions from Florence to Pisa and through Tuscany, Italy. #italy #tuscany #pisa #leaningtower #leaningtowerofpisa #marinadipisa #mediterranean #italia #pisaitaly #florence #florenceitaly #tuscanyitaly #florencetopisa Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Marina di Pisa Beach, including directions from Florence to Pisa and through Tuscany, Italy. #italy #tuscany #pisa #leaningtower #leaningtowerofpisa #marinadipisa #mediterranean #italia #pisaitaly #florence #florenceitaly #tuscanyitaly #florencetopisa Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Marina di Pisa Beach, including directions from Florence to Pisa and through Tuscany, Italy. #italy #tuscany #pisa #leaningtower #leaningtowerofpisa #marinadipisa #mediterranean #italia #pisaitaly #florence #florenceitaly #tuscanyitaly #florencetopisa Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Marina di Pisa Beach, including directions from Florence to Pisa and through Tuscany, Italy. #italy #tuscany #pisa #leaningtower #leaningtowerofpisa #marinadipisa #mediterranean #italia #pisaitaly #florence #florenceitaly #tuscanyitaly #florencetopisa Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Marina di Pisa Beach, including directions from Florence to Pisa and through Tuscany, Italy. #italy #tuscany #pisa #leaningtower #leaningtowerofpisa #marinadipisa #mediterranean #italia #pisaitaly #florence #florenceitaly #tuscanyitaly #florencetopisa Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Marina di Pisa Beach, including directions from Florence to Pisa and through Tuscany, Italy. #italy #tuscany #pisa #leaningtower #leaningtowerofpisa #marinadipisa #mediterranean #italia #pisaitaly #florence #florenceitaly #tuscanyitaly #florencetopisa Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Marina di Pisa Beach, including directions from Florence to Pisa and through Tuscany, Italy. #italy #tuscany #pisa #leaningtower #leaningtowerofpisa #marinadipisa #mediterranean #italia #pisaitaly #florence #florenceitaly #tuscanyitaly #florencetopisa

Comments are closed.