How many steps are there in the Leaning Tower of Pisa?

Travel Trivia: How many steps are there in the Leaning Tower of Pisa?

Travel Trivia: How many steps are there in the Leaning Tower of Pisa?

a) 112
b) 212
c) 284
d) 348

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa was supposed to stand straight but it gained its famous sideways slant thanks to the unstable soil on which it was constructed and poor planning. It was built as a free-standing bell tower to accompany the cathedral and baptistry in the town of Pisa, Italy. There are eight floors within the tower, including the top floor that houses the tower’s bells. There are around (c) 284 steps in the Leaning Tower of Pisa. (Some sources say 284. Some say 286. I’ve also seen 297 and over 300.) The construction of the tower began in 1173 and was not completed until the mid-1300s, with wars causing delays in its completion. The town of Pisa got its name from a Greek word, which supposedly means “marshy land.” Pisa is the birthplace of noted early physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei.

Is getting your photo taken whilst pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa on your bucket list? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments!

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Colleen Lanin is a mom of two and the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of THE TRAVEL MAMAS' GUIDE, she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen teaches blogging classes and has given travel tips on television, radio, and as a paid video blogger. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing.

Comments

  1. Wow! I’m so amazed by this structure… poor planning results to great view! Good that it wasnt rebuilt ‘coz the slant contributes uniqueness and mystery to this structure. Such an amusing blog, great info… Just like visiting as well!

  2. Would love to see the tower but I think I’d feel a little ridiculous trying to hold it up. :)

  3. Jailyn – Thanks so much for your kind words about Travel Mamas!

  4. Lisa – You wouldn’t look silly pretending to hold up the tower because everyone else is doing the same thing! I had my photo taken “holding” up the tower years ago. I’d post it but my scanner doesn’t work anymore.

  5. I wasn’t even close to guessing right. I thought there’d be way more steps than that.
    Pretty sure you have to take a picture of yourself holding up the tower if you find yourself in Pisa. I think it’s a law or something.

  6. Steve – As always, you make me LOL.

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