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A city of Miracoli

Unlike Florence, which is highly commercialized, Pisa is serene and laid-back. Known all over the world for its leaning tower (Torre pendente) and the Campo dei Miracoli, Pisa still stays the least-known of the Italian cities. A Rennaisance city that was once a wealthy seaport, it welcomes today tourists from all over the world with its Pisan-Romanesque style churches, the Campo Santo (the most beautiful cemetery in the world), trattorias, boutiques, and an atmosphere of cultured bohemia.

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Santa Maria della Spina

Santa Maria della Spina

Famous Small Gothic church erected in 1230

Small Gothic church erected in 1230

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Originally known as Santa Maria di Pontenovo, Santa Maria della Spina got its present name in 1333, when a thorn allegedly part of the crown worn by Christ on the Cross, was brought here. The church is notable as one of the most outstanding Gothic buildings in Europe.

Inside Santa Maria della Spina you’ll find the Madonna of the Rose by Andrea and Nino Pisano, a Gothic masterpiece, and other statues from the main Pisane artists of the 14th century.

Santa Maria della Spina
Lungarno Gambacorti 52, 56125 Pisa