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Pisa's Leaning Tower is due to reopen to the public in November, following the announcement last month that its lean has been reduced by nearly 400mm.

Groups of 30 visitors will be charged 25,000 Lira (£8) each to climb to the top of the tower and will be allowed outside on the second level. The tower was closed to the public in 1989 because of safety fears.

Some 60m 3of soil was extracted from beneath the 14th century tower's foundations to induce controlled settlement on the northern (up-tilt) side.

Preliminary trials of the technique, which involved drilling cased boreholes underneath the tower to remove silt, began in 1999.

Despite the success of the trial, full scale extraction only started last year following bureaucratic delays.

The unsightly pile of lead ingots, which once helped stabilise the tower, were removed from the north side of the tower earlier this year and work is now under way to dismantle the steel safety cables rigged up to protect the tower during stabilisation works.

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