Via Don Gaetano Boschi, 31, Pisa, Italy
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Do You Miss The Queues At The Leaning Tower If You Book Online?

by tonks.david

I Read That The Queues For The Leaning Tower Can Be Up To 2 Hours

I Am Visiting Next Month And Wondered If You Get To Avoid The Queues By Buying The Tickets In Advance Online?

Any Advice From Anyone Whos Visited?

Re: Do You Miss The Queues At The Leaning Tower If You Book Online?

by Potato-Brigade

It´s true that it was many years ago since I was at the Pisa tower but there were only 2 other people there at the time. I suppose things have changed since then, eh? My advice: Visit on a rainy day.

Re: Do You Miss The Queues At The Leaning Tower If You Book Online?

by Maurizioago

Visiting the tower costs 15 euro per person, so I don't think you can expect a long queue of visitors in front of its entrance.

I'd recommend not to miss the Camposanto Monumentale at Piazza del Miracoli. It's an ancient cemetery with lots of art masterpieces.


Re: Do You Miss The Queues At The Leaning Tower If You Book Online?

by sirgaw

We did the leaning tower climb 2 years ago - see http://www.opapisa.it/ As another poster has suggested, it costs 15 Euro to do the climb. By pre-booking a particular time via the net costs another 2 Euro per person. From what I remember they limit it to 30 per group and if you are there on a busy day you may have to wait. For the extra 2 Euro/person I'd suggest pre-booking so long as you are sure you will be there on that day/time or else you loose 17 Euro/person.

To me it was worth the visit although if you read my Pisa page you'll see that we almost didnt make it on time.

Re: Do You Miss The Queues At The Leaning Tower If You Book Online?

by leics

When I visited there were indeed queues...at the ticket office.

As numbers are limited to 30 per group, and groups themselves are limited throughout the day, it does make sense to buy tickets online in advance. A tour group can take all the tickets for one 'session', and there are umpteen tour groups....

The official site for online purchase is:


Ticket price is 17 euro in advance online (but I think this also includes entrance to the Duomo, Baptistry and Camposanto).

Re: Do You Miss The Queues At The Leaning Tower If You Book Online?

by Maurizioago

No J; 15 euros is the entry fee for the tower only. I was there last july. I didn't visit the tower, but the Camposanto and the baptistery.


Re: Do You Miss The Queues At The Leaning Tower If You Book Online?

by leics


I didn't bother going up the Tower either....you can see it perfectly well from outside.

The Baptistry and Camposanto (and the Duomo, to some extent) are, imo, much more interesting places to visit.

Re: Do You Miss The Queues At The Leaning Tower If You Book Online?

by Potato-Brigade

LEICS: " ... you can see it perfectly well from outside."

* And it´s far more impressive from that vantage point, as well! :)

Re: Do You Miss The Queues At The Leaning Tower If You Book Online?

by leics

Having not gone in and up I can't really give an opinion.

But I'm not quite sure of the purpose of going in and up, other than to be able to say you've done it.

The Baptistry is especially stunning when the curator has the urge to demonstrate the acoustics. So spine-tingling I just had to video it for VT. And the Camposanto is stuffed with interesting bits and pieces to look at.

Travel Tips for Pisa

Pisa is a place of wonders

by Bigs

Sure you will visit the leaning tower and the Piazza dei Miracoli. It´s a special place on earth and it´s really beautiful. Ok, there are many tourists there but you are one too :) I recommend to have a look at the other sights on this "place of wonder". The Battistero is great, cause you can go upstairs and have some nice views over the green piazza. You shouldn´t miss the Camposanto too, cause this cemetary might be the most beautiful in the world......too me it is! The leaning tower is more slanting than you expect........


by KiNyA

Duomo with the Leaning Tower is just one ef the parts of Campo dei Miracoli. Besides Duomo there are also the Baptistry and the Cemetery.

Inside you can see marvelous frescoes and one of my favourite, cathedral pulpit.

The Impressive Leaning Tower

by keeweechic

The unique belltower of the Duomo. Its construction began in 1173 but had to be interrupted because the ground was giving way, which then lead to its exceptional tilt. In the 14th century, Giovanni de Simone finished the work with the addition of the Bell Room. In the past it was widely thought that the inclination of the Tower was part of the project ever since its beginning, but now we know that it is not so.

Of course originally, the Tower was designed to be 'vertical' and very impressive. It stands around 56 metres high and is leaning in relation to the vertical by 4 metres. This was one of those moments when you stand beneath this amazing leaning structure trying to comprehend the fact that you are actually there and not seeing it in some book.

'Campo dei miracoli, Pisa

Camera and good shoes

by micajo

Do not carry heavy bags since walking is the main thing to do Most of all a pair of comfortable shoes is a must since you walk, walk and walk. I went in January and all I wore is a polo neck and jeans due to the fact that the weather was really nice but in case just a carry a jacket with you. Also just for the sake bring an umbrella so if it rains you won't stay stranded ..... singing in the rain :) Cameras and spare batteries are a must cos you'll love taking pics of all things you pass infront.... there is lots to see so don't get disappointed if you ran out camera

The Massaciuccoli lake

by alemir82

The Massaciuccoli lake -basin and the Macchia Lucchese are a part of the Parco Naturale di Migliarino-San Rossore-Massaciuccoli, which, thanks to the various ecosystems of which it is composed of, presents a varied and highly interesting flora as well as a numerous fauna. The Lago di Massaciuccoli, with the marshy area that surrounds it, through its drainage canals, constitutes a humid coastal area whose waters are rich with fish and rare vegetable species, while amid the bog grass (Cladium mariscus) and the thin cane (Phragmites australis) passing and migratory birds build nests.If you are an opera lover, then you'll want to schedule a pit stop at Torre del Lago to attend one of the many performances of Madam Butterfly, Turandot, Boheme, Tosca and other plays written by Puccini.


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Address: Via Don Gaetano Boschi, 31, Pisa, Italy