Florence (Livorno) Leaning Tower of Pisa Excursion Reviews
Visit the infamous Leaning Tower of Pisa, the freestanding bell tower that refused to stay straight. Constructed in stages across 344 years, the Tower of Pisa began sinking into the ground almost immediately.
Good tour but this excursion had a lot of extensive walking in it, hard for my husband to keep up. Guide left him in the dust. Be aware that the distance from tour bus parking to the tower is quite a walk.
Booked Tuscanybus, very good. Get the Porto2000 bus on disembarkation for €5 pp rtn to centre, then just where you exit Porto 2000 bus wait for Tuscanybus. Very well organised company.
Lovley plesent sunny day had in Pisa, amazing pictures from the top of the tower.
Wonderful day had here.
I liked Pisa, but Carnival's excursion was awful and we never booked any more. $200 for a bus ride with 80 people, a monotone guide who spoke through walk-talkie earpieces which were inaudible, standing around talking on the sidewalk instead of going in to see the sights. My daughter and I ditched the group and explored on our own which was way more fun.
Terrible value for money and one in which RCCL should be ashamed. After over an hour coach journey, and 15 minute walk we had hust 45 minutesto walk to the tower, drink, use toilet and get back to our pick up point. Do this yourself or you will feel a big let down.
Very pleased to have seen the Tower with my own eyes, and interesting to see that unlike the TV pictures, its (a) actually pretty much surrounded by other buildings, (b) shorter and fatter in real life! Not so interesting to discover that unless you're there first thing you will spend more time fighting through the crowds all doing that silly holding the tower up with one finger pose.
This our tour absolutely great, variety with a coach ride, boat tour along the river, small train ride into Pisa Tower and Cathedral area and then free time to view Baptistry, Cathedral and Tower on our own. Then back with an absolutely excellent guide.
We were fearful of the 290 or so steps but they were surprisingly easier than expected. They were not too high or steep, and each step had a large landing. We are both age 70+ and made it work (with some breaks on the way up.) There were other buildings in the same location with great historical importance and they were spectactular. There is a 15 minute walk to and from the bus.
A perfect short excursion to see and hear about the leaning tower and very good guide who took very good care of us and pointed out many things along the drive. Surprised about the US military base. Rest stop was good. The 'singer' in the Basilica gave me goose bumps- the chamber echo was amazing.
Essentially, the tour was the most convenient way to get to the center of Pisa (but for that, it was rather expensive). Instead, we could have taken a shuttle to the Livorno train station and continue on the Italian railway from there, but it would probably have taken more time. The tour as such in Pisa was "unspectacular" due to a somewhat not-so-motivated guide who had to struggle with an intercom system that was not working.
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