Alongside the Colosseum in Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa make the quintessential image of Italy. Our driver will pick you up at your hotel in Rome and take on a comfortable and picturesque drive across the Etruscan countryside. Upon your arrival in Pisa you will be met by your private guide who will introduce you to one of the finest architectural complexes in the world. Proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Campo dei Miracoli , or the Square of Miracles, has been at the center of the religious life in Pisa for centuries. The Cathedral, the Tower, the Baptistery and the Camposanto represent together the allegory of human life: birth, life and death.
Emblem of Pisan Romanesque architecture, the cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta was designed by the architect Buscheto in 1064 and shows, in its brightness, the influence of various styles and cultures: Byzantine but mostly Islamic components which testify to the power of the Maritime Republic of Pisa at that time. Standing to the west of the Duomo, the Baptistery is dedicated to St. John the Baptist and it is the largest in Italy. Its incredible architecture blends Romanesque and Gothic elements, and it took more than 200 years to complete. Just like everything else in the Square of Miracles the Baptistery too has a tilt in the direction of the Cathedral even though it is less obvious than that of the bell tower.
The tower was built between 1173 and the end of the 14th century. It took so long to build because it started to lean as soon as the third floor was completed. Construction had to be stopped and was resumed almost a century later. In fact, if you look closely at the tower, it is not a straight tower leaning, it is slightly curved, in the attempt to straighten it up and prevent its fall. In the past few years solidification works have been carried out and now the Leaning Tower of Pisa has lost some of its famous tilt. An annual report on the monument's stability has revealed that the tower had spontaneously recovered some of its vertical incline-straightening by 2.5 cm since 2001. The straightening is not a miracle, but the long term effect of an 11-year restoration project completed in 2001.
After several years during which it was not possible to climb to the top, the Leaning Tower has been reopened to people willing to climb up its 293 steps. Tickets can be booked online at http://www.opapisa.it/en/ (please check with our office so that we can advise the time).
The service consists of a drive to Pisa visit of The Duomo (inside) ,Baptistery (inside), Leaning tower of Pisa ( outside) and Piazza dei Miracoli with a private guide for approx. 2 hours + 2 hours free time, then we will return to Rome. The drive to and from Pisa is about 3,5 hours. The driver speaks basic English , while the Licensed guide in Pisa speaks Great English.
We will pick you up and drop you off at your centrally located hotel in Rome. Additional cost applies for other hotels.
- Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
- Keep an eye on your wallet and purses at all time. Do not wear jewelry or carry large amount of cash.
- Basic English speaking driver
- Admission fee to Baptistery and Duomo
- 2 hour English walking Guide in Pisa
- Tips to driver and guide ( please read below for more information)
- Admission tickets to Leaning tower of Pisa are not included. You may climbe the tower during your free time . Please book tickets ONLYstarting between 12:30 and 2:15 at the following link: http://www.opapisa.it/en/tickets/buy/
Tips are never included in our rates.
Tip only if you really liked the service and if you feel it is necessary.
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There will be a full charge for bookings cancelled with less than 7 days notice for our Pisa Day Trip from Rome.
Full charge will be made for no-shows.
There is a chance of cancellation after our confirmation, if there are not enough passengers to meet the minimum requirements. In that event you will be offered a different date or a full refund. The minimum number of passengers required to run this tour is 5.
Pisa small group tour timing
- 07:30 Departure from Rome Hotel
- 10:30 Arrive in Pisa and start 2 hour walking tour to include Piazza dei Miracoli , Duomo , Baptistry and Leaning tower of Pisa from outside
- 12:30 - 3.00 pm free time ( I suggest to book your tickets for leaning tower within this time slot: 12:45- 2:15 at the latest)
- 3.00 pm we leave Pisa
- 6:30 pm Arrive in Rome
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