Reopening set for Pisa tower

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 Arno River.

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