Virtual Field Trip for Kids to Italy's Leaning Tower of Pisa

Explore and Get Facts About the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Pisa, Tuscany, Italy. Leaning Tower
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This virtual field trip will take us to Tuscany Italy to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Explore one of the wonders of the medieval world in less than an hour.

On this virtual tour, you'll get a good introduction to the famed Leaning Tower of Pisa and learn a bit about its history and architecture. So gather the family, grab the computer mouse, and remember—your monitor isn't tilted.

Leaning Tower of Pisa Quick Facts

Here are a few interesting quick facts about the Leaning Tower of Pisa:

  • Official name: Torre Pendente Di Pisa
  • Function: Bell Tower
  • Original Architect: Bonanno Pisano
  • Construction began: 1173
  • Construction ended: 1350
  • Height: 185 feet
  • Weight: 14,700 Metric Tons

The following websites are great resources to learn about the Leaning Tower of Pisa:

Leaning Tower of Pisa Online

The internet offers lots of resources on the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Here is a list of some of the best to get you started on your journey through history!

Tower of Pisa is the official website that provides a nice overview of the Tower of Pisa. You'll also find pictures, statistics, and Tower history.

Heading for a Fall?

The Fall of the Leaning Tower offers informative material from an episode of the NOVA television program in the form of an interactive website. This is a great educational sit developed by PBS. Much of its content examines the work that has been done to save the Tower from eventually collapsing.

The site also offers a historical timeline regarding the Tower of Pisa with an article about various projects to restore world monuments.

A teacher's guide with ideas for class activities is also available to enhance the classroom learning experience.

Virtual Tours of the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Virtual Travel to Pisa Italy is a fantastic website that offers 360-degree panoramic views of the Leaning Tower.

Move your mouse in any direction to turn your viewing angle. Use the zoom option to get a more detailed view. For the best results, click on the full-screen button! 

In addition to the Leaning Tower, this site also offers virtual tours of the nearby Pisa Cathedral and Baptistery. You'll also get a truly impressive look at some of the world's finest examples of medieval architecture and art. Over a dozen panoramic tours are available including:

Aerial Panorama of the Leaning Tower of Pisa provides a dramatically different 360-degree vista - shot from the air, which lets us enjoy a nice view of the lovely landscape of Tuscany. 

Lots of Leaning and Lopsided Buildings

Leaning Towers is a fun site that features a number of different leaning and lopsided buildings.

Plan a Visit to Pisa

Pisa Travel Guide and the equally informative Pisa Sights and Tourist Attractions are great websites if you are considering an actual visit to Pisa. They provide useful information about area transportation, tourist offices, hotels, restaurants, local attractions, and festivals.