Drive through the lovely Tuscan countryside en route to the historic town of Pisa, located on the banks of the Arno River. Enjoy a short trolley ride that takes you directly to Miracle Square, next to the famous Leaning Tower. During World War II, much of Pisa was destroyed by German and Allied bombing, however the cathedral, baptistery and famous leaning tower escaped unharmed. Arriving at the Field of Miracles, you'll join your guide for a climb up the 294 steps to discover the world-famous Leaning Tower. Built to display the wealth of Pisa, the bell tower began leaning during construction because of the foundation settling unevenly as builders reached the fourth story. The builders compensated for the angle but the tower continued its tilt. Today, the tower leans 14 degrees from perpendicular. Continue down to the open-air square for a brief explanation of the Cathedral and the Baptistery. You'll have some free time to browse for souvenirs and gifts at the many stalls lining the walk to the Field of Miracles.
Note: Participants must be at least 8 years of age to climb the Tower. No bags are allowed for the Tower visit for security reasons. Even though the tower has reopened to the public, Italian authorities have strict limitations on the amount of persons allowed in per hour/day, and time limitations make it impossible to offer the visit to all the guests at the same time. The walking distance between the Field of Miracles in Pisa, and the bus parking area is approximately 15 minutes each way. Please note that on public holidays, most major stores will be closed; however, most leather and souvenir shops will be open. Since you'll be visiting religious venues, please dress respectfully; no bare shoulders or shorts allowed.
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4 of 4(100%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
As the other reviews stated, a ride to Pisa, taken to the area and an explanation of the area. Our climb was for 10:30AM, and we went right in, and the climb was fun, not too tough. We spent as much time at the top as we wanted, and the top views. Its interesting to see how the interior of the tower was built. Would really suggest doing the climb, if you can, some folks would rest part way up the stairway, and that is okay, there is plenty of room to pass people. Then would walk around the grounds, but you need to buy tickets to see inside the other buildings. We had a 2 minutes trolly ride. The tour buses have to park a short distance away, and they have these little trolly buses to take you to the grounds on. You will not see much of the area on the buses. Lots of folks selling fake everything, just ignore them, you do not want their junk. But would recommend this to see the tower and the climb.
This was my absolute favorite tour of the cruise! It starts with a drive to Pisa and once there, you take a short trolley ride. We first took a walking tour around Miracle Square to see the different buildings. Our tour guide Simona was awesome and explained why the tower was leaning and told us the best places to take pictures. After that we went inside the Leaning Tower and climbed to the top. Since this was included in the tour we didn't have to wait in line. Climbing to the top was a little challenging but well worth it. The very top level of the tower is now closed to the public but there's a great view from the lower deck. You can also go up a little further to see the bells inside. After this we had about an hour of free time. You can go inside the church or just shop around at the many stores and restaurants. This is a great place to buy souvenirs. We also bought some Italian wine and olive oil to bring home. Definitely the best stop on our cruise.
We went on the Pisa and trolley ride trip this was perfect in length and time, chose not to go to the top of the tower ( long queue ).
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Review 4 for Pisa Tower Climb
I traveled with:Self
Cruise Date Month:June
Cruise Date Year:2011
Favorite port:Naples, Italy
I want to go here next:Caribbean
Date:September 29, 2011
Pisa Tower Climb - Unforgettable
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Climbing the leaning tower of Pisa was a highlight of my trip. I heard from other individuals on the cruise who went to Pisa on their own and they weren't able to buy tickets to climb the tower. It's better to go on this excursion which provides a ticket to climb the tower.
The tour started on a mini bus with a guide who provided commentary along the 30 minute drive to Pisa. Once we exited the mini bus a group of peddlers of fake watches and purses surrounded us. The best practice is to show no interest and keep walking.
Our guide described the history of the baptistery, the cathedral and the leaning tower. Our guide also gave some tips on where to take the best pictures of the tower. We received tickets with a time when we were permitted to climb the tower and the time we had to exit the tower. You can not bring any bags with you on the climb, but you can store them in a free nearby locker.
It didn't take too long to climb the tower and the tilt of the tower wasn't an issue for most climbers. You can walk on top of the tower, however, there is only a very thin railing around the top level.
After reaching the top, the tower attendant told us we needed to immediately exit the tower. Our tickets permitted us to be in the tower for another 20 minutes so we said we would leave by the time on our tickets.
There was enough time to climb the tower, take photos and also buy some fake watches and purses afterwards. This was one of the shorter excursions so the sundeck was almost empty upon our return!