Time-slot reservation tickets are essential to climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Buy tickets and book admission online in advance.
Seeing the Leaning Tower of Pisa is free but climbing the famous tower is only possible with a timed admission ticket. Buy online in advance to secure a specific day and time slot. Admission to the cathedral is free (but requires a time-slot ticket too) or enter anytime with a tower ticket or any other ticket for Field of Miracles sights (currently the baptistry, museum or cemetery). Several guided tours of the top Pisa sights are available — Pisa is also a popular day-trip destination for bus tours from Florence and Livorno. Visitors rarely spent more than a few hours in Pisa making further towns such as Siena, San Gimignano, Lucca, and Florence popular additions for day trip tours.
Ticket Prices for the Leaning Tower of Pisa
Admission to the Field of Miracles (Campo Dei Miracoli) in Pisa and the exterior of all buildings in the area is free and possible at all times.
Tickets are available for the following sights in Pisa:
Cathedral (Duomo) — admission is free but only per time slot ticket. Pick up a free pass in person only from any ticket office. On very busy days, there may be a delay in entering the church or occasionally, no more free tickets available on the day. However, any of the paid tickets below automatically acts as a skip-the-line entry ticket to the duomo on the same day.
Baptistery (Battistero) / Camposanto Cemetery / Museum of the Sinopias (Museo delle Sinopie) / Museo dell’ Opera del Duomo (cathedral museum) — €7 for any site or great value at €10 for all sights. (Note that the baptistery is being renovated and some sections may be closed off.)
Palazzo dell’ Opera del Duomo — admission depends on the exhibition, if any.
The two ticket offices at the Field of Miracles are inside the Sinopie Museum (near the Baptistery) and in the Palazzo dell’ Opera del Duomo (behind the church near the leaning tower).
Time-slot reservation tickets for the leaning tower of Pisa may be bought online at least a day in advance from Opapisa (tickets valid for a year so no refunds for any reason) or resellers such as Tiqets and Get Your Guide, which have much easier cancelation conditions. Opapisa sells tickets at most 20 days in advance while the resellers usually sell several months in advance. A variety of guided tours are available to see the sights on the Fields of Miracles of Pisa with many including climbing the leaning tower.
Opening Hours of Field of Miracles Sites in Pisa
The sights on the Field of Miracles in Pisa are open every day – exact times may be confirmed months in advance at the OpaPisa site.
All the sites are generally open as a minimum from 9:00 (10:00 for the Duomo) to 19:00. From April to September, the opening hours are usually 8:00 (10:00 for the Duomo) to 20:00 with the Camposanto and Tower open until 22:00 on some nights.
Last tickets are sold around half an hour before closing time (but expect an argument at the door if leaving it that late).
Combination tickets are valid for a year after the selected date so refunds are not given if a site is closed on a particular day(s).
Buying Tickets for the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Fields of Miracles
Time-slot reservation tickets for the leaning tower of Pisa may be bought online at least a day in advance from Opapisa or resellers such as Tiqets and Get Your Guide. Opapisa sells tickets at most 20 days in advance while the resellers usually sell up to two months in advance. Resellers often have better cancelation and change conditions but add a surcharge. Many guided tours also include climbing the tower or add it as an option.
It is best to buy tickets online and in advance to climb the leaning tower of Pisa. Admission is only by specific time slot with only 45 people allowed to enter every 15 minutes. Each group is accompanied by a “guide” who herds the group up the nearly 300 stairs and down and out within half an hour. Lingering is not allowed (there is not much to see anyway).
The minimum age to climb the leaning tower of Pisa is 8 years. Children 8 to 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No discounts are given on ticket prices.
If arriving without advance purchase tickets in Pisa, enquire at the office near the Leaning Tower or at the Museum of the Sinopias, if time slots are still available for the specific day. Early morning or late afternoon slots are the most likely to be available — the busiest time is usually around 10:00 to 15:00.
Climbing the tower of Pisa certainly is a unique experience but it is pricy — all the art in the Uffizi Gallery may be enjoyed for similar money (or much less for children under 18). If failing to secure tickets, it is worth bearing in mind that the tower is most impressive from the outside. It is essentially an engineering disaster — the true architectural and cultural highlights are the cathedral and baptistry.
Tickets for the Baptistery, cemetery, and museum may also be bought online in advance from Opapisa or Tiqets. Advance purchases are a good idea during the high season but less problematic than securing a time-slot reservation to climb the tower. Any of these tickets include fast-track admission to the cathedral, which is by far the most impressive interior here, without having to enter within a specific time slot.
Guides Tours and Day Trips to Pisa
A wide variety of guided tours are available to see the sights on the Fields of Miracles of Pisa with many including climbing the leaning tower. Cheaper tours usually do not include tickets for the leaning tower, which is often offered as an optional extra that should be booked at the time of the original tour reservation — it is rarely possible to add it later on.
Day-Trip Tours of Pisa from Livorno or Florence
Pisa is a popular day-trip destination from Florence or as a shore excursion for cruise boats calling at Livorno. The Field of Miracles is easily seen in an hour or two, making Pisa generally a half-day bus trip or more commonly as part of longer day-trip tours that may include further towns such as Lucca, San Gimignano, Chianti, Siena, and Cinque Terre. Day-trip tours are also available from Rome and often include a visit to Florence.
Many day-trip tours offer climbing the leaning tower of Pisa as an optional extra that will add around €25 to the tour price.
Timed entry tickets are increasingly common, and during high season almost essential, to see top sights in Italy such as the Uffizi and Accademia in Florence, the Last Supper in Milan, the Coliseum in Rome, and the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.
More Information On Top Sights in Pisa
- See the Top Sights on Pisa’s Field of Miracles
- Tips on Buying Tickets and Tours for the Leaning Tower and Pisa Sights
- Visit the Duomo (Cathedral) of Pisa (Cattedrale)
- Visit the Baptistery of Pisa (Battistero)
- Visit the Cathedral Museum (Museo dell’ Opera del Duomo di Pisa)
- See Renaissance Frescoes in the Camposanto Cemetery
- Visit the Sinopie Museum in Pisa
- Transportation to the Leaning Tower of Pisa
- Book Guided Tours of Pisa and Day Trips at Get Your Guide
- Buy Tickets Online at Tiqets
- Book Italian Train and Intercity Bus Tickets at Omio
- More Photos of the Field of Miracles in Pisa on Flickr