From Florence: Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti Full-Day Trip with Siena Cathedral
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- Duration: 12 hours
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is so iconic that it's easy to forget just what a strange building it really is. In case you didn't know, it's the bell tower of Pisa's cathedral, and it has a history as peculiar as its characteristic tilt!
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is tilted because the foundations are softer on one side than the other. This started decades before its original construction was finished in 1372!
Construction was delayed by Pisa's wars against its neighbors, allowing the foundations' soil to settle. If the tower had been finished on schedule, it would have fallen over!
Recent studies favor the enigmatic Diotisalvi over the previously credited Pisano brothers, although he usually signed his buildings. Was he too embarassed to leave his mark?
The Leaning Tower of Pisa experiment helped prove Galileo's laws of free fall. However, with no account from the great scientist himself, most historians doubt it actually happened!
The Leaning Tower of Suurhusen is the world's most unintentionally tilted building. Second place is also taken by the Germans, with the steeple of Bad Frankenhausen's Oberkirche!
Go in mid-June to experience Pisa's Luminara festival on June 16th, and the San Ranieri Day parade on the 17th. The best time of day to visit the Leaning Tower depends on what you want out of the trip. Early birds will beat the crowds, but you should check the weather first as it'll likely be clearer later on. Important if you want to get some decent selfies!
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a relatively easy walk north from Pisa Centrale station, though buses are also available from the bus stop in front of the Jolly Hotel (right across from Pisa Centrale). Pisan buses are sorted by color rather than number, so look out for one with the red LAM sign (LAM rossa) on the front. Alight at the stop "Torre."
You'll need to be pretty fit to climb the Leaning Tower. If you're not sure, take the north-facing staircase to the top. It has two fewer steps (294 as opposed to 296)!
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One of the best full day tours I have been on. A long day but worth it n value money for what is on offer. A guide throughout the day. First stop in Siena with a local guide to give a tour of the city including inside the main dumno. Then a tour of a Chanti farm the had vineyard, cattle n a beautiful outside restaurant. We had lunch of pasta bolognise, cheese n ham along with 4 different local produce wine. You had a panoramic view of the next destination of San Gimignano where we free time for about hour or so. The final destination was Pisa. It great day n highly recommended. Special mention to the guide friendly Elisa who gave a us insight to each place we visited.
The tour was wonderful! It was very well organized and our tour guide Elisa was super lovely. She did an amazing job showing us around and giving us the most interesting information and in general we just had a super fun time with her. The three-course with different kinds of wine to taste in San Gimignano was amazing too. All in all, very recommendable for everyone who wants to explore some of Tuscany's most beautiful places in a short time for a very good price-performance ratio!
Fare questa gita è una esperienza che consiglio a tutti, stranieri ed italiani. Abbinare la visita di bellissimi monumenti insieme ad una esperienza nella campagna toscana, e con del buon cibo e vino locali, è una esperienza gratificante e rigenerante sia per lo spirito che per la mente. Il cuore del Belpeaese è anche questo. Riappropriamoci del nostro splendido Paese ed impariamo a conoscerlo. Buona vacanza a tutti.
Really fantastic amazing day! Elisa is such an attentive and lovely tour guide! The sites are amazing and the structure of the day was great.... the vineyard meal and wine tasting was utterly brilliant me and my friends had such a laugh and really enjoyed a lovely day seeing the sites of Tuscany! Thank you Elisa
This trip is amazing! You experience Beautiful Siena, architectural Pisa, and get a taste of a Tuscany vineyard. The guide, Elisa, is knowledgeable, caring and very well organized - a delight to travel in her company!