Tickets for The Leaning Tower of Pisa: Skip The Line
Marvel at two magnificent marble monuments
- See, climb up, and photograph the heck out of one of the most recognizable buildings in the world: the Leaning Tower of Pisa
- Explore the many treasures inside the bellissima Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, including a wooden pulpit carved in 1310 and a gilded mosaic
- Skip the long lines to these venues, saving plenty of your precious time in Tuscany and allowing you to enjoy the attractions on the Square of Miracles
You’ve seen it in movies, cartoons and countless (arguably) cheesy pictures. But once you come out of Pisa’s bustling streets and finally have a clear view of the Leaning Tower, you’ll understand why it’s such an icon. This famous building is actually the bell tower for the nearby cathedral. To get the most out of your visit to the Piazza dei Miracoli, make sure to visit both. And this ticket gets you skip-the-line access to the pair!
When you enter Pisa’s Piazza dei Miracoli, your eyes are drawn to the unmistakable tower - but that’s just the beginning. It's no surprise that this place is called Square of Miracles. It’s filled with enough architectural wonder that UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1987. Plus, so much went wrong during the history of the Leaning Tower, from a famously poor foundation to the Nazis using it as a lookout, that its continued existence is nothing short of miraculous.
Once you finish gaping at the stunning marble exterior of the Torre di Pisa (and taking a few “Look at me, I’m holding a tower” pictures), use our skip-the-line tickets to climb inside the insanely tilted campanile. From its top you'll get fabulous views and maybe even hear its bells ringing. There are seven of them in all, one for each musical note.
Right after that you can pop into the equally gorgeous (but only-slightly-tilted) Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption and take your sweet time enjoying treasures like the mosaic of Christ in Majesty, the frescoed dome, and the impressive white marble panels which narrate stories from the New Testament. All of those historical features survived a 1595 fire powerful enough to melt the original bronze doors.
If you were already leaning towards visiting those two miracles, remember that the tower has closed to the public many times in the past so its structure could be strengthened. Right now you can see it and climb it in all its glory. Seize the day.
RUN, WECKSTEIN, RUN:
In 1944, American Sergeant Leon Weckstein was ordered to check if the Nazis were using the Tower of Pisa as an observation post. They were, but Weckstein was so mesmerized by the splendor of the tower that he wasn't able to bring himself to order the strikes. Thanks in part to his sensitivity to beauty, we still have the tower today.
How to use your tickets
Show your smartphone ticket at the entrance.
- Skip-the-line access to the Leaning Tower
- Skip-the-line access to the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption
Good to know
Bus: Red line to Piazza Manin (plus a 7-minute walk).
Wonderful views from the top of the tower.
Be sure to book at least 48 hours ahead of your planned visit.
Also, visitors are not allowed to take any bags up the tower. That's no problem, you can leave bags in the cloakroom - but be aware that the cloakroom is a few hundred yards away from the tower and you may need to queue a little bit to leave your bag - allow time for this first and you can't do it once you have joined the queue to enter the tower !!