Pisa and its leaning tower with Kids
A place not to be missed when planning a trip to Italy. We were driving from Switzerland, and have had an overnight at La Spezia in Liguria from where we visited the Cinque Terre.
From La Spezia it is only a short drive (less than an hour) to “Piazza dei Miracoli” home of the famous leaning tower of Pisa and one of the 54 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy
You probably do not need more than half a day when visiting with kids. We incorporated the visit on our journey to south Tuscany.
When you arrive from the free car park you have to walk through some market stands which are ALL pretty much selling the same thing. I wonder if they are all making money. Pinocchio is super famous in this area and you can buy the figure in all kinds of shapes and sizes, and of course models of the leaning Tower of Pisa. Honestly probably the worst souvenir presents you can ever buy. From the market you will reach the GATE, and I believe not a single person enters the Grande Gate without an ahhh or a wow!
There it is; Piazza dei Miracoli, history right in front of you
Set over an ample green field, four of the whiter-than-white masterpieces of grandiose Medieval art.
- The renowned Campanile/ Leaning Tower
- The Camposanto (the graveyard)
- The Baptristy of St. John
- The Cathedral – Duomo of Santa Maria Assunta
Due to their unique style of the Baptristy and the Cathedral, their creation gave origin to a new style, “Pisan Romanesque“.
“The temple of marble white as the snow”.
As you enter everybody respects the “do not step on the grass” panels and the view of these amazing masterpieces is pretty much uninterrupted. Everyone is attempting to pose for the official “I am holding the tower of Pisa” photo. I guess a MUST when you are there. Here are our masterpieces.
And another one just because we can!
Ultimately, the real symbol of Pisa and without doubt the most famous is the Campanile, the Leaning Tower, that completes the image of this city.
A bit of history;
Because of land sinkage beneath it, the Tower stands at a significant incline – this sinkage impeded its very construction to a great extent. It was started in 1173, taken up again in 1275, and not completed until the second half of the 1300s.
If you wish to tackle the 294 steps up the spiral staircase of the most famous tower in the world and visit the interior of the absolute breathtaking Cathedral, you can purchase a ticket for 20 Euros.- The tickets have a time allocated for when you are allowed to climb up the leaning tower of Pisa.
There are a restricted number of persons allowed at any given time. It was very well organized and the queue did not take too long, even though it looks like it will.
This time I went up the tower whilst my husband went for a well-deserved ice cream with the kids. If it would have been a bit less hot we would have probably taken the kids up the tower, but felt it was best not too.
When you climb up the tower you really feel the changing gravity. Cool but strange.
Duomo of Santa Maria Assunta
The Cathedral had a longer line, but again it was ok when we visited in the middle of June.
There is so much history in this just absolutely gorgeous masterpiece. How on earth where they able to build this? Imposing, loud yet so peaceful. Definitely a place to visit if you like to be awed!
Next to the Catherdral on the side of the Piazza dei Miracoli they seem to be more relaxed as many people where just sitting and even picnicking on the grass and enjoying the amazing architecture. The kids had a good run around and we could well and truly say, that this was well worth the visit.
Good to know/Parking
Free parking within walking distance
- Via Pietrasantina : walking distance to the centre. Bus transfer available to the Square of Miracles and city center.
- Via Pratale : close to the Stadium area. Walking distance to the city center. Bus transfer available.
- Via Paparelli : outside the city walls. Walking distance to the city center and the Pisa Tower (about 1 km). Bus transfer available. Not available on Wednesday and Saturday due to the weekly market. This is very large place and the tour-buses also use this area.
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Hi, my name is Corina, a mum, a wife, a business owner and a passionate traveler.
I grew up in Switzerland, studied Photolithography and always dreamed of going out in to the big wide world. My dream came true and I left Switzerland when I was 23 years old. Planned was a 6 month trip to Thailand, but this turned out to an over 3 years old life experience before returning home for a visit, which I would never wanted to be changed.
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