Entrance Tickets – The Leaning Tower of Pisa

Entrance Ticket - Leaning Tower of Pisa

There are two hundred and ninety four steps up a spiral staircase that take visitors up and which due to the absence of windows, and therefore orientation, is reminiscent of a fairground wacky house attraction, especially when although you know that you were ascending sometimes according to the extreme angle of the tilt of the building it feels as though you were going down at the same time, which, believe me, is a very unusual experience.

Mark Twain described it like this: “The winding staircase within is dark, but one always knows which side of the tower he is on because of his naturally gravitating from one side to the other of the staircase with the rise or dip of the tower. Some of the stone steps are foot-worn only on one end; others only on the other end; others only in the middle.”

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10 responses to “Entrance Tickets – The Leaning Tower of Pisa

  1. Got to do this some day! 🙂

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  2. My husband, son and I climbed this tower in 1980. There was absolutely no one else around, and it was a tad scary when we were on the ‘down’ side, it looked like it wouldn’t take much to slide off. I remember looking at the bells hanging all askew and wondering how in heck they could possible get them to ring.

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  3. They do have railings, don’t they?

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