If you are looking for the best Leaning Tower of Pisa facts for kids, you are in the right place. Follow me in this TAPSYlicious adventure!
The Tower of Pisa attracts many tourists every year, from all over the world and of all ages! That’s because the Leaning Tower, besides its fascinating aspect, brings with it a wealth of curiosities. And who are the curious beings par excellence? Exactly, children! The ones I have written this list of curiosities and conceived the Tapsy Tour of Pisa for.
TOP 3 LEANING TOWER OF PISA FACTS FOR KIDS
Keep reading to discover the best 3 curiosities about the Leaning Tower of Pisa with your kids.
HOW ITS INCLINATION ORIGINATED
Contrary to popular belief, the inclination of the Tower of Pisa is not due to the architectural virtuosity of the architects who designed it. In fact, the Tower of Pisa was designed to stand perpendicular to the ground. However, when the builders started building the third story of the tower in 1178, it started leaning. That was due to the sandy soil where the tower was built, that destabilized its foundations and caused its inclination.
Some centuries after its construction was finished, it became clear that the tower wasn’t just leaning, it was actually going to fall, at a rate of one to two millimeters per year! Many architectural works have been attempted over the centuries to compensate its inclination, but most of them caused it to lean even more. Only most recent actions, above all the ones operated from the 20th century on, seem to have assured a true stability to the tower.
THE BELL OF THE TRAITOR
There are 7 bells in the Tower of Pisa, 7 as the musical notes and each one with a name. The biggest one is called Assunta and weights about 2600kg. However, the most interesting one is the San Rainieri, often defined Giustizia (Justice) o Campana del Traditore (Bell of the Traitor), because it used to be rung any time a traitor was sentenced to death.
TWIN BROTHERS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
Surprise, surprise, the Tower of Pisa is not the only leaning one in the world! Just to give you a few examples: the Tiger Hill Pagoda in Suzhou (China), the tower of the Caerphilly Castle in Wales (UK), the Leaning Tower of Suurhusen (Germany), the Leaning Tower of Nevyansk (Russia), Oldehove church tower (Netherlands), The Leaning Tower of Toruń (Poland) and Kilmacduagh Round Tower in Galway (Ireland). And without travelling too much, there is another one that you can see in Pisa: the leaning bell of San Michele degli Scalzi church, which leans even more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa itself!
Do you want to know more curiosities? Join a Tapsy Tour of Pisa, you will discover them all through super engaging games and riddles tailored to families with kids!
If you are planning to visit Pisa, read also my itinerary to visit Pisa with kids in one day.