Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina
Places of worship

Church of Santa Maria della Spina

A splendid oratory which draws its name from a relic


The Oratory of Santa Maria del Pontenovo was erected in 1230 and enlarged in the 14th century by the Gualandi family. Its current name, Santa Maria della Spina, is due to the fact that, for many centuries, it preserved a relic: a thorn (''spina'' in Italian) from Jesus' crown. The thorn is now conserved in the Church of Santa Chiara, adjoining the hospital of the same name. On the highest pinnacle stands a copy of the Madonna and Child by Andrea Pisano. The interior contains statues by Andrea and Nino Pisano.

Experience the city of miracles, packed with maritime history and traditions
Pisa and its Piazza dei Miracoli have always been a fundamental stop on any trip to Tuscany. Despite the overwhelming presence of tourists from all over the world, who sometimes seem to have arrived here for the sole purpose of pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower – this sacred place still emits a timeless, evocative and powerful beauty. ...