The Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

Nov 10, 2022

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of Italy’s most popular tourist attractions. Construction of the building began in 1173 under the supervision of architect Bonanno Pisano. It stands at 60 meters and until 1990 was leaning at about a 10 degree angle. The weight of the tower is approximately 14,500 tonnes and there are 251 steps from the bottom to the top of the Pisa tower. But you’re probably wondering why the Leaning Tower of Pisa leans? Well we have the answer for you.

Why the Leaning Tower of Pisa Doesn't Fall Over?

Once the workers had started working on the second floor in 1178 the building began to sink and construction was put on halt and some experts believe that without this pause, which allowed the soil to settle, the tower would have almost certainly toppled over. However, when builders eventually finished the third floor, the tower tipped 0.2 degrees northwest and as efforts were made to correct the tilt and as it grew its height, the tower ended up leaning one degree to the south. As construction of the tower continued, as did its tilt, engineers tried to counteract the lean by making the upper floors taller on one side, but the additional weight only caused the foundations to sink further. With the addition of a bell-chamber in 1372, the Leaning Tower of Pisa was finally completed. In order to correct the lean and reduce the risk of collapse, engineers tried a number of tricks, including adding lead counterweights to the base and putting scaffolding on the tower’s weakest parts. Thankfully, the tower has managed to remain standing today.

How to visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa?

If you’re looking to visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa as well as Siena and San Gimignano in one day, then this tour is just for you! During this journey, you'll have the chance to admire the typical scenery of Tuscany, made of hills and cypresses. When you arrive in Pisa, you'll spend your free time admiring the beauty of Piazza dei Miracoli. The view of the Baptistery, Cathedral, and Leaning Tower will take your breath away. The white marble and the Leaning Tower will be the fantastic beginning of this day dedicated to Tuscany and some of its most beautiful and fascinating cities. You will then visit San Gimignano where its system of towers tells the glories of the powerful families. Near the end of your tour, you will visit Siena and then you’ll reach a winery in the Chianti Area, where you'll join a wine tasting and have the chance to taste different kinds of wine. Comfortable shoes and clothes are recommended for this tour as there will be moderate physical exertion because it is largely on foot and please arrive at your meeting point 15 minutes early. Click the link below to learn more about this tour!

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