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

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How many steps are there in the Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa (Photo credit: quixoticsnd,

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

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

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According to Wikipedia, there are around (c) 284 steps in the Leaning Tower of Pisa. One staircase has two additional steps for a total of 286. Meanwhile, the Leaning Tower of Pisa’s own website states there are 297 steps.

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. 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 while pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa on your bucket list? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments below!

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Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of As the author of her book, "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,, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  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. Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

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

  4. Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

    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. Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

    Steve – As always, you make me LOL.

  7. Liz Pollock says

    My Grandaughter Kaitlyn Barbour and l (Liz Pollock ) are going to pisa on Wednesday 5th April 2017 and on my bucket list is to climb the leaning tower of pisa so here to counting the steps Kaitlyn ????????

  8. Elsie Sutter says

    How strenuous is walking up the stairs in the Pisa,
    do not know if I am able to climb all those stairs. Let me know what you think.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Hi Elsie- I visited the Leaning Tower of Pisa many years ago but I don’t think we climbed to the top because the line was too long. If you are fit, a climb to the top should be no problem. If you are not very mobile, you may want to skip it. It really depends on your health. You may want to ask your doctor before giving it a go.

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