The timeless charm of the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Grand Hotel Duomo di Pisa is just 50 metres away from the famous leaning tower. What makes the bell tower of Piazza dei Miracoli, an iconic monument of the city of Pisa, unique in the world is certainly its tilt, immortalised in the souvenir photos of millions of visitors.

The leaning tower is the core of the square for tourists from all over the world. The tourist guides tell the story of the Tower of Pisa every day, some notes still shrouded in mystery, a story full of curiosity and numbers. The construction of the Tower of Pisa dates back to 1173, it is 56 metres high, 6 of the 8 floors are surrounded by small loggias with round arches that, if you look at it from a distance, seem like the typical Tuscan lace. The bell cell houses 7 bells, one for each musical note. Above the portal of the tower, a bas-relief is noticeable representing 3 zoomorphic shapes: an allegory of Pisa's struggle against evil. Moving up to the bell cell you can admire the city from the highest point of the square, but the Tower is not alone in Piazza dei Miracoli, around the beautiful green lawn, illuminated by a light that makes them protagonists from dawn to dusk, there are also the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the Monumental Cemetery.

The Tower of Pisa in history and the link with Galileo

The tower of Pisa is the bell tower of the Duomo of the city and for this reason it is a strong religious symbol. Yet the Leaning Tower has been important in the history of modern science too: in fact, it was at the end of the 16th century that Galileo Galilei decided to use the Tower to conduct experiments on the fall of the gravities that gave way to modern physics. Moreover, the Tower of Pisa, can be considered on a symbolic level a praise of uniqueness and imperfection, an example of resistance, or resilience, if you prefer, that has defied the rules of physics and normality for centuries.