The Piazza dei Miracoli or Field of Miracles is to the North of central Pisa.
It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and contains the city’s most famous sights:
Torre Pendente (Leaning Tower), Piazza Arcivescovado 1
The structure was conceived as the cathedral’s bell tower.
Construction began in 1173, and the tower started leaning soon afterward due to subsidence of the ground underneath its base.
A project to keep the tower from leaning more and tipping over finally reached a successful conclusion in 2001, and the building is again open to those wishing to climb it.
Climbing the tower requires a reservation-based ticket for €18.
Tickets can be bought for the tower on the day for a specific entry time.
This could be 45 min-2 hr after the purchase, but there is a lot to see while you wait.
It is better to buy tickets online for €18 well in advance (up to 20 days).
The tickets are non-exchangeable, effectively non-refundable, and only suitable for the tower, so they’re a bit of a risk to purchase in advance.
You’ll be rewarded for your effort if you climb.
The famous Pisa leaning tower is not the only one in Pisa; due to the marshy land that they are built on, there are two other leaning towers in Pisa: the Bell Tower of San Nicola Church, near the banks of Arno and the Bell Tower of 3 San Michele of Scalzi Church.
Children who will not have turned eight by the end of the year are not permitted to enter for safety reasons.
An adult must accompany Under-18s. ID may be requested to certify the age.