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The Leaning Tower of Pisa (located in the city of the same name: Pisa! :-)), known in Italian as "Torre di Pisa", is a famous historic building in Tuscany whose construction was begun on August 9, 1173 by the architect "Bonanno Pisano".

The tower is known for its tilt and remains a must-see monument when visiting Italy. Whether you're a history buff, architecture enthusiast, amateur photographer (to take the famous photo of you holding back the busy tower from falling :-)) or simply curious, this tower will win you over. But can you really visit the Tower of Pisa for free and without paying ? If you're staying in Tuscany in a vacation rentalsIf you're interested, this is the question for you. In this article, we'll explore the different options for discovering this Italian gem at a lower cost.

See the Leaning Tower of Pisa without paying? Start by seeing it from the outside!

First of all, it is important to specify that access to the Leaning Tower of Pisa site is totally free and open to all. So you can stroll around the tower, admire its architecture and take a few souvenir photos without spending a cent. Piazza del Duomo, where the tower is located, is also a great place to stroll and enjoy the Italian ambience.

Other monuments in Piazza dei Miracoli

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is not the only monument to visit in Piazza dei Miracoli. You'll also find the Duomo di Pisa (the cathedral), the Battistero San Giovanni (the baptistery) and the Camposanto (the monumental cemetery). All three sites are subject to a fee, but if you don't want to spend the money to visit them, you can still admire them from the outside.

Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa from the outside

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Guided tour of the Leaning Tower of Pisa: a paying option

If you'd like to climb to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and enjoy a breathtaking view of the city of Pisayou will need to purchase a admission ticket. As the tower is Pisa's most visited monument, we advise you to book your tickets in advance to avoid waiting in line for several hours. Ticket prices vary according to the season and the number of visitors. length of visitBut given the unique experience of climbing the tower, it's usually well worth the cost.

Ticket prices for the Tower of Pisa

  • Normal price : about 19 euros
  • Reduced rate (students, teachers, etc.): approx. 14 euros
  • Free for children under 8 accompanied by an adult

Please note that these rates are indicative and may vary according to promotions or special offers offered by travel agencies and online booking sites. Also, if you'd like a guided tour, prices will quickly soar above 40 euros per person for 1h30 of explanations in a group of around 15 people... which can be quite expensive for a family of 4 (160 euros).

How much does a guided tour of the Leaning Tower of Pisa cost (audio or with a guide)?

Prices vary from simple to double, depending on whether a guide is present or not, in private or in a group... take a look!

We have selected for you a series of paying passes including guided tours of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (possibly including related monuments such as Pisa Cathedral :

Tips on how to visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa at lower cost, but still buy tickets.

If you're on a budget, here are a few tips for visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa without breaking the bank:

  1. Visit the Tower of Pisa out of season Ticket prices are generally lower outside the summer season.
  2. Take advantage of reduced rates If you are a student, teacher or member of a group, find out about any special rates that may apply to you.
  3. Buy a tourist pass The Leaning Tower of Pisa: some discount cards for visiting several tourist sites include access to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. This can save you money on the cost of your visit.

Visitors' opinions on the Tower of Pisa

Is it really possible to visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa for free? Overall, visitors' opinions are positive about the possibility of discovering this monument without paying a cent.

Opinions on the price of visiting the interior of the Leaning Tower of Pisa vary, but many visitors share their impressions of the cost associated with this experience. Some note that the tower is "magnificent", but point out the expensive nature of the visit. One comment mentions an expense of €60 for three people, with a remark about the fee of "€20 per pers" not being given. Despite this observation, the experience is described as incredible, noting in particular the sensation felt at 4°.

Other visitors recommend planning the ticket in advance, citing a minimum cost of €20 to climb the tower. They stress the need to reserve a time slot and use the baggage locker because of the narrow stairs. The view from the top is described as "nice", with a real sense of the tower's inclination.

Some of the reviews emphasize the easy access and nearby parking, as well as the fact that tickets can be ordered in the morning for a trouble-free afternoon visit despite the tourist crowds. However, some visitors felt that the tour was a little expensive for what there is to see inside the tower.

In short, although some visitors noted the relatively high cost of the visit, most seemed to enjoy the unique experience of climbing the Leaning Tower of Pisa, despite the price. However, some visitors, such as Anne-Laure and Thomas, took great pleasure in observing it from the outside:

"We didn't pay to go up the tower, but we still really enjoyed our visit. The Duomo square and the other monuments are magnificent, and you can easily spend an hour wandering around the area."- Anne-Laure, France

"I preferred not to pay to go up the tower, as I'm prone to vertigo. But just seeing this incredible leaning construction is worth the detour! I highly recommend coming to admire the Leaning Tower of Pisa, even without climbing inside."- Thomas, Germany

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What's it like inside the Leaning Tower of Pisa?

In fact, there's nothing crazy about the inside. It is (I think) far more beautiful and spectacular from the outside. Once inside, you'll have to climb over 250 steps (54m high and 7.4m in diameter) to reach the top. Needless to say, it makes your head spin after a while... the monument being cylindrical! 🙂

Inside the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Tuscany, visitors discover a rather sober and singular space. As soon as you pass through the security checkpoint, you enter on the first floor, where the 1.50-metre-high door announces the inclination of the slightly sloping floor. Inside, the space resembles a hollow cylinder with yellow walls due to limited lighting. In fact, there are only a few narrow loopholes in the stairwell, giving a view of the gardens outside.

Inside the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

How many people can fit inside at the same time?

Only 30 people are allowed in at a time, and each person has 35 minutes to get in and out. Meanwhile, signs and guides explain the history of the tower. Some of the spiral staircases are very narrow, allowing only one person at a time. As a claustrophobic person, I had a few nervous moments 🙂 If you want to avoid the crowds, avoid peak times (and read our article on the best time to visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa !)

What's the view from the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa?

Once you've reached the top of the tower, the panoramic view reveals the full splendor of Pisa. You can see the red-tiled roofs stretching as far as the eye can see, offering a striking contrast with the distant mountains and the whole of the cathedral square. It's a great opportunity to take a photo and say "I've been there!"... Note also that the center of the tower is hollow, and that at the top, it's possible to contemplate the interior through the protective glass. Also, a series of 7 magnificent bells adorn the top of the tower... it's possible to visit when they're ringing!

View of the city and countryside from the top of the Tower

Address of the Leaning Tower of Pisa: Piazza del Duomo, 56126 Pisa PI, Italy

Our opinion on the Leaning Tower of Pisa

It's a magnificent, mythical building that you must see once in your life. Observing it and taking photos from the outside is essential. Paying to climb inside to the top is not essential, even if the view from the top is worth the detour. If you wish to climb up, we recommend an audio guide.

In short, it's possible to enjoy the beauty and originality of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. without paying to enter. However, if you'd like to enjoy the unique experience of climbing to the top of this leaning tower, a few tips can help you save on the cost of your visit.

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