A small Gothic church located in Pisa, the Santa Maria della Spina is one of the often overlooked treasures of the city. Faced entirely with marble, this 13th century church once held the relic of a thorn from the crucifixion crown (thus the name "Spina") and includes the statue "Madonna of the Rose" by Andrea and Nino Pisano. As of mid-2015, reports are that the building is under renovation, and is often closed to the public. Check in advance, or simply enjoy looking at the exterior.
Although easily overlooked among the other titans in and around the Piazza dei Miracli, the Museo... Read more