NEW YORK -- The leaning tower of Pisa in Italy will reopen to the
public on June 17, 2001, after a decade of work to stabilize the
12th century monument's tilt.
A spokeswoman from the Italian Government Tourist Board in New
York said that private tours are being conducted as the project
enters its final year.
"People can go inside the tower, but only up to the second
circle," she said, referring to the second full turn of the tower's
spiral staircase. "They're not sure it's such a good idea to let
them go any higher."
The reopening date of the landmark coincides with Pisa's
celebration of its patron saint, St. Ranieri. Businesses are closed
during the holiday, and at dusk, candles are set to float down the